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Strategic Priorities

Strategic Priority No. 1 Produce More Graduates: West Virginia’s ten community and technical colleges plan to produce 16,000 new certificate and associate degree holders by 2016.  To meet the graduation challenge, West Virginia’s community and technical colleges will:

  • Make student graduation the System’s top priority
  • Improve results for the 63% of students who take developmental education through its Integrated Pathways to Adult Student Success initiative
  • Support effective student retention and graduation strategies
  • Attract students with some college but no degree back to college to complete degree requirements
  • Initiate innovative programming to reduce the time to degree completion

Strategic Priority No. 2 Promote Strong Employer Partnerships: To meet the workforce and economic development challenge, West Virginia’s community and technical colleges will strive to develop and strengthen regional industry sector partnerships over the next five years by:

  • Developing regional industry sector-based partnerships with employers
  • Developing sector-based workforce strategies to closely align college curriculum to the skill requirements of employers
  • Targeting funding to the development of programs that meet documented workforce needs

Strategic Priority No. 3 Serve More Adults: West Virginia ranks 49th nationally in terms of adults age 25 to 34 with either an associate or bachelor’s degree.  To meet the adult student challenge, West Virginia’s community and technical colleges will:

  • Recruit, retain, and graduate more adult students
  • Implement system-wide best recruitment, retention, and graduation practices for adult learners
  • Offer additional accelerated academic programs, increased online course offerings, and develop modularized curricula

 

Strategic Priority No. 4 Resource Development: All institutions need additional facilities and resources in which to offer instruction and provide academic and student support services. To meet this challenge, the System will:

  • Build and renovate necessary instructional facilities across the state
  • Generate external funding to compliment state general revenue
  • Seek $120 million over the next five years for a second phase of construction and renovation projects to address emerging programmatic needs in allied health and other technical areas

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