Marshall, Kanawha Valley Technical Agree to Seamless Transfer of Business Credits

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Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, left, and Kanawha Valley CTC President Joseph Badgley sign 2+2 Articulation Agreements today in Dr. Kopp’s office on MU’s Huntington campus. Photo by Liu Yang/Marshall University.
Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp, left, and Kanawha Valley CTC President Joseph Badgley sign 2+2 Articulation Agreements today in Dr. Kopp’s office on MU’s Huntington campus. Photo by Liu Yang/Marshall University.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University entered into an agreement today that allows business majors who have earned associate degrees from Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College to seamlessly transfer those credits to Marshall in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees, according to Dr. Rudy Pauley, associate vice president for Outreach and Continuing Studies. 

Marshall University President Stephen J. Kopp and Kanawha Valley CTC President Joseph Badgley signed 2+2 Articulation Agreements today to benefit students in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The signing took place in Old Main on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

President Kopp said he is “quite pleased” to provide these degree options to students from Kanawha Valley CTC.

“Certainly, this partnership is a win-win for the business programs at both institutions, but more importantly, it’s a win-win for the students,” Kopp said. “We warmly welcome our Kanawha Valley CTC transfer students into the Marshall University family. I encourage them all to participate fully in all that we have to offer here on the Huntington campus – from student organizations to collegiate sporting events.”

According to the official agreement, the deans of both programs will continually monitor the curriculum at both institutions to ensure consistency and program quality. Students who hold an A.A.S. degree at Kanawha Valley will earn a B.B.A. from Marshall by fulfilling their final two years of coursework on the Huntington campus. Once at Marshall, transfer students are a part of the Marshall University College of Business.

President Badgley said the Business Studies faculty at Kanawha Valley CTC, especially Dean Megan Lorenz, has developed a very positive working relationship with their counterparts at Marshall University. He said both groups are dedicated to providing transfer students the opportunity to succeed and pursue their education beyond completion of the associate’s degree.

“I believe this relationship with Marshall University is just the beginning for Kanawha Valley CTC students wishing to complete a bachelor’s degree,” Badgley said. “The response from our students when they first learned of this agreement has been overwhelming. Many of our students are first generation and lack confidence in their ability to succeed when they first begin at KVCTC. To know that upon completion of their associate degree they can attend Marshall University and complete a baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited program is beyond what many thought possible when they first began college.”

Badgley added that this agreement provides benefit to both institutions.

“Marshall University gets transfer students who are already performing at a high level and Kanawha Valley CTC students have the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree from nationally accredited programs at Marshall University,” Badgley said. “I foresee this as a fruitful and beneficial partnership for both institutions and the first of what I hope will be many more to come.”

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