MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Students interested in engineering at West Virginia State University in Charleston can now start their degrees at WVSU and more easily finish them at West Virginia University. West Virginia University entered into an articulation agreement with West Virginia State University on Thursday.

“We’re signing a memorandum of understanding between West Virginia State University’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering for a two-plus-two program,” says WVSU Dean of College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Katherine Harper.

“Our undergraduates will take their first two years of an engineering program at West Virginia State and then be able to transfer up to WVU to complete their program.”

Harper says the arrangement will also allow WVU to increase its recruitment area. And, West Virginia State has a legacy of educating minorities and under-served populations which will lend itself to WVU’s commitment to diversity.

She notes it won’t be a problem finding students to take advantage of the program.

“Right now, even before we made this public, we have about 10 students who expressed an interest in engineering and we really didn’t have any place to put them.”

WVSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. R. Charles Byers says the program is one way of keeping students in West Virginia.

“It’s of great significance. As a native West Virginian, I’ve always advocated collaboration among our institutions. We did not have, or do not have, a viable engineering program. Many students would often ask about it, so this is an avenue by which they can start and then complete their education in a West Virginia University Systems school.”

WVU Dean of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Gene Cilento notes there is a practical side to the program as well.

“The nice thing about this attractive program, students can stay at home for a couple years, and then transfer to complete their engineering degree in disciplines that we have up here.”

Although the arrangement is only for the college of engineering, Statler says he sees the program expanding to other disciplines.

“I can see this expanding further. And what we’ll do is we’ll work together. The idea of the articulation agreement, it gives us an agreement, a structure from which we can work.”

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  • Sammy

    Really Mary? This was a strategic chess move by WVU to close engineering on the Montgomery campus and even more, to steal engineering students from Marshall University. How is that a win-win? WVU controls everything in this state, including your opinion!

  • Mary Telfer

    What a wonderful achievement. It's win-win for all parties. Really happy about this!

    • Curious

      A win-win for all parties? Don't think so!!

      WVU's divisional campus in Montgomery, West Virginia Tech, is not even mentioned in this article even though it was once recognized as "the" engineering college in the state and, in many instances, in the nation.

      Again--and as usual--Tech continues to suffer due to its divisional status with WVU.

      SAD is the word. One of the state's most valuable assets being neglected.

      • Brent

        You are dilusional. Just as Kodak was once a valuable brand that refused to change with the times, Tech was once a factor in higher ed in the state that did not change. Both are now non factors. You do realize that printinting program was once Tech's crown jewell

        • curious

          Tech, under WVU, HAS changed. Take a look at the campus which is in need of $71 million in facility upgrades--not to mention needs in academics.

          And that $71 million figure came directly from the administrative lines through Morgantown, Sightlines, and that $71 million need came due to WVU neglect of the campus for over 17 long, long years.

          Pleased that you read the opinion through my comment, That opinion if the opinion of the vast majority of Tech loyalists who understand and love that campus..

          The printing program was not once Tech's crown jewel Engineering was once Tech's crown jewel and would remain so today if WVU had not underhandedly downsized, downsized, downsized more; and its downsizing continues.

          I won't go into the logistics of the Printing program, but your comment about that program definitely indicates that you know very little about the history and tradition of the once-fine institution in Montgomery.

          The $71 million need in facility upgrades is sheer proof that the campus has changed with the times. Tear down a dorm; replace the dorm with out outdoor basketball court--not even regulation size--and a welcoming sign. That's what Tech alumni and the community call REAL PROGRESS.