Officials from Marshall, BridgeValley sign agreement for business degree


Officials at Marshall University and BridgeValley Community & Technical College in South Charleston have announced an agreement that will help residents of West Virginia earn an associate degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in a discipline related to business.

Through the agreement, Marshall will accept a maximum of 72 hours of college-level coursework offered by BridgeValley. Such courses may be used to fulfill a portion of Marshall’s general education curriculum, as well as part of a baccalaureate program of study.

“We have worked with Dean Megan Lorenz at BridgeValley for a year on this articulation agreement,” said Dr. Haiyang Chen, dean of the College of Business. “Thanks to her and our people’s hard work, we have a comprehensive articulation agreement between the two institutions. We look forward to working with faculty, staff and students at BridgeValley to make the transfer process as smooth as possible. We are very pleased to make this happen.”

Lorenz, dean of business and legal studies at BridgeValley, said, “BridgeValley’s new articulation agreement with Marshall University provides our graduates an opportunity to seamlessly progress to a four-year degree. Students can begin their college educations locally at BridgeValley and finish with a fantastic university like Marshall, or enter the workplace in a variety of career paths.”

Students working toward the bachelor’s degree will be encouraged to work with academic advisors to ensure their previous, current and future courses fulfill the requirements of their chosen program of study. Course substitutions may be available upon the approval of the appropriate Marshall University department chair and academic dean.

Upon completion of the Associate in Science degree, participating students will apply for admission to Marshall and must meet all admission requirements prior to acceptance and matriculation. Students who transfer to Marshall will be allowed to transfer courses as specified in the agreement.

The terms of the agreement were approved on Monday, Oct. 27, by the respective administrations of the two schools.