Marshall and Southern Enter New Agreement

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.  Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an Elementary Education K-6 Comprehensive Collaborative Program that will begin this fall, the schools announced today.

Students from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College who have completed the associate degree may enter the collaborative program. Faculty from Marshall‚College of Education and Human Services (COEHS) will deliver the remaining two years of courses to students in the program at Southern‚ Williamson campus.

This agreement renews and affirms the strong cooperative relationship that has existed between Marshall University and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said. For residents of southern West Virginia it increases the access and opportunity to complete bachelor and professional degrees locally. I anticipate that this agreement, which is the first between President (Joanne Jaeger) Tomblin and me, is the beginning of what will become a series of such agreements between our institutions.

Tomblin said Marshall and Southern have worked closely on projects before.

It is always a pleasure to work with Dr. Stephen Kopp and the administration, faculty and staff at Marshall University, Tomblin said. This unique agreement will provide students who receive an associate degree from Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College an opportunity to acquire the baccalaureate degree in elementary education without leaving the area. In addition, courses will be delivered in a non-traditional format so students will have more flexibility in attaining a degree.

We look forward to starting yet another great chapter in our history as well as helping students from our region become successful.

Marshall COEHS dean Rosalyn Templeton said courses will be offered this fall for five hours on Friday and six hours on Saturday, and tentatively will run four weekends. When one course ends, another begins, she said. Four Marshall faculty members will be teaching the following courses:

- CI 301, teaching elementary school mathematics;<br />
- CI 350, instructional technology and computing;
- CI 360, elementary social studies methods;
- CI 448, integrated science methods for elementary education

I really feel it is wonderful for students in southern West Virginia to have the opportunity to obtain a four-year degree in elementary education, Templeton said. We're going to try to deliver it in the format that each cohort desires.

Sarah Denman, Marshall's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, agreed with both presidents that Marshall and Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have a rich history.

This is one more example of the two institutions collaborating to bring higher education opportunities to students in West Virginia, Denman said. are pleased and proud to continue our collaborative relationship with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Southern student Tina Browning of Whitman, said the new program is perfect for her schedule because it will allow her to stay close to home and be with her young son while earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Browning is an example of the type of student that community and technical college's serve. She graduated from Logan High School in 2001,  then married and started a family. But due to the untimely death of her husband, decided to attend Southern and earn an associate's degree. She will enroll in Marshall's program this fall.

Southern students who enter the collaborative program must apply for and meet the College of Education and Human Services requirements for Admission to Teacher Education, which includes successful passage of the Praxis I Examination-PPST, an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of ED 218 with accompanying ED 275 Level I Clinical Experience.

Templeton said about 50 students are ready to enter the final two years of courses Marshall is offering.