West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WV community and technical college council approves WVU Parkersburg's Compact.
CONTACT: WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage, 304-424-8200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education has approved West Virginia University at Parkersburg's update to its legislatively mandated Compact.
As required by state law, each of the state's community and technical colleges annually updates its institutional compact through the submission of data elements to the Council. Compacts focus on areas that demonstrate institutional commitment to statewide higher education goals, including preparation, participation, affordability, competitive workforce, economic development, and accountability.
In approving WVU Parkersburg's Compact, the CCTCE noted that the Parkersburg campus is meeting or exceeding many of its compact's institutional goals. These positive indicators include increase in for-credit and non-credit headcount enrollments; increase in degree productivity for associate programs; increase in the institution's six-year graduation rate; continuing improvement in the college's job placement rate; strong passage rates for WorkKeys and licensure exams, and progress in completing workforce development goals.
As a system, the state's community colleges made progress in improving degree productivity at the associate degree level, and increasing the six-year student graduation rate and the overall workforce development effort.
The community colleges were also requested to submit strategies for 2005-06 that advance progress in meeting compact goals.
WVU Parkersburg's strategies, also approved by the Council, include: partnering with vocational-technical centers in the joint delivery of career technical courses and programs; providing a transfer center to assist students wishing to transfer to baccalaureate programs outside the institution; reorganizing workforce development services to serve both individuals and organizations, and interfacing the college's Student Services Division with high schools to offer informational sessions for students, parents and guidance offices on certificate programs, workplace readiness, developmental courses, etc. that impact secondary education.