On Nov. 21, the West Virginia University System entered into an articulation agreement with West Virginia State University.
According to the agreement, students could complete two years of general engineering curriculum at WVSU before transferring to the WVU System, where they would complete their final two years. Upon graduation, students will receive a bachelor of science degree from the WVU System.
"Agreements such as this are important because they ease the transition for students coming to us from WVSU," said WVU Provost Michele Wheatly, who signed the agreement along with Gene Cilento, Glen H. Hiner Dean of the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and Carolyn Long, campus executive officer at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
"These students now have a clear roadmap of what they need to take in their first two years at State, as well as what they need to take and when they need to take it in the WVU System in order to earn their degree," Wheatly said.
Charles Byers, provost and vice president for academic affairs, T. Ramon Stuart, assistant provost and assistant vice president for academic affairs and Katherine L. Harper, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, traveled to Morgantown to sign the agreement.
WVSU will begin offering engineering courses in the fall of 2014 and, according to Harper, there are already 10 students at WVSU interested in pursuing an engineering degree via the new program.
The WVU System currently has articulation agreements in place with multiple other colleges and universities in the United States.