Marshall to help community college students gain new opportunities to further education


Marshall University last month signed an agreement with the nine members schools of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS) to help students further their education.

The agreement allows students at any of the system’s community and technical colleges to continue their education to receive a Regents Bachelor of Arts (R.B.A.) degree from Marshall. Marshall will accept students who remain in good standing with their community college and allow up to 72 hours of college credit to be transferred for credit toward their R.B.A. degree.

“We at Marshall University believe that the future prosperity of West Virginia depends on a highly educated workforce who contribute to the commerce of the state. As such, we are proud to collaborate with our colleagues in the community and technical colleges to find new and innovative ways to provide a high-quality education at the right time and place for each student,” said Dr. David J. Pittenger, Marshall’s interim associate vice president for outreach.

CTCS will provide academic advising and counseling for students to ensure their courses will lead them to a timely completion of the associate degree and help them stay on track to transfer as many credits as possible for the RBA at Marshall. This extra assistance will give students of all ages an opportunity to get started with their first two years of college before making the transition to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

“We are always looking for ways to assist students to continue their education,” said Dr. Casey K. Sacks, CTCS vice chancellor. “This opportunity allows students to get their start at a community college where classes are smaller and more affordable and then transfer to Marshall University to finish their bachelor’s degree.”

A student’s prior experiences in work, military service, specialized training and civilian licensure could make them eligible to receive extra credits toward their associate degree and accelerate their progress in their first two years. All these factors will be weighed as the students discuss their next steps with advisors to help find the most efficient path to an R.B.A.

“Agreements and partnerships between our colleges make higher education easier and more efficient for everyone,” said Sacks. “We hope this will make higher education a more accessible and more attractive option to West Virginians than it ever has been before.”

The agreement between Blue Ridge CTC, BridgeValley CTC, Eastern West Virginia CTC, Mountwest CTC, New River CTC, Pierpont CTC, Southern West Virginia CTC, West Virginia Northern CC, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and Marshall University was signed Dec. 6.