The Division of Academic Affairs works with institutions on implementing degree programs that best meet the needs of the state and its students. This includes coordinating the approval process for new academic degree programs and the review of existing programs. In addition, Academic Affairs plays an important role in fostering curricular and programmatic alignment with West Virginia’s K-12 schools — and, toward that end, works on teacher preparation and dual credit courses. Additionally, the division coordinates credit transfer and articulation with institutions, maintaining the Advanced Placement Credit Guide and the General Studies and Course Equivalency Transfer Agreement that contains course equivalencies as well. Course outcomes for the state-wide course equivalency can be found here.
The Division facilitates the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). This agreement among member states establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council, referred to as NC-SARA.
Other areas of focus for the Division of Academic Affairs include the annual reauthorization of all West Virginia institutions of higher education; the Office of International Programs, which engages in professional development activities focused on fostering statewide involvement in international education initiatives; coordination of the SREB Academic Common Market that provides West Virginians an opportunity to pursue a degree that is not available within the state; the tuition contact program, funded by the West Virginia Legislature for WV residents interested in pursuing first professional health education in veterinary medicine, optometry, or podiatry; development and implementation of the WVROCKS online delivery system; and oversight for the statewide Regents Bachelor of Arts program, a non-traditional baccalaureate program that serves to award college credit for prior learning.
The Division also houses the state’s Office of Veterans Education and Training, which is the state approval agency for VA benefits and seeks to guide veterans, eligible persons, National Guard members, and reservists in West Virginia throughout the college-going process.
304-558-0261 (office) | 304-558-0089 (fax) | 1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV
Office suite: Boulevard Tower, 9th floor
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Dr. Corley Dennison, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs304-558-0261 ext. 237
Nikki Bryant, Director of Academic Programming304-558-0261 ext. 218
Jelayne Crosier, Executive Administrative Assistant304-558-0261 ext. 202
Cody Tomblin, Program Manager for Veterans Education and Training304-558-0263 ext. 248
Carrie Watters, Compliance Director681-313-2290