The Times West Virginian

Local News

November 20, 2013

Pierpont BOG OKs progress report

Approval puts college one step closer to accreditation

FAIRMONT — Pierpont Community & Technical College has moved one step closer to accreditation.

At the Pierpont Board of Governors meeting Tuesday, provost Leslie Lovett presented the board with an academic affairs report outlining how the different schools within Pierpont are moving toward qualifying for Higher Learning Commission accreditation. The report outlines progress made by the School of Academic Studies; the School of Business, Aviation & Technology; the School of Health Careers; the School of Human Services; and the School of Workforce Development, as well as progress made on regional academic strategic priorities, and progress by the Office of Academic Affairs.

The report was approved by the board Tuesday. Board chairman Earl McConnell said approval of the report was an important step.

“These are the plans that guide us toward accreditation,” McConnell said.

A site visit by the HLC will take place March 3-5 this spring.

Pierpont president Dr. Doreen Larson, provost Leslie Lovett, Faculty Senate president David Beighley and director of testing and assessment coordinator Nancy Parks left Tuesday afternoon to attend the “Fall HLC Pathways” meeting in St. Charles, Ill.

Larson stated that the meeting will help “to put together the final details for the HLC accreditation visit to Pierpont in March 2014, and to prepare for the location of Pierpont programs at the new Advanced Technology Center, currently under construction, in the fall of 2015.”

“Our accreditation is very important to us,” Larson said.

At the meeting, the board also approved a statement in support of changing West Virginia code to allow community colleges more flexibility in choosing how they charge students.

Currently, community colleges are limited to charging per credit hour up to 11 credits. Any credits 12 and above are instead charged at a per-semester tuition rate, with no additional charges for additional credits taken. In order for a change in the code to take place, it would have to be passed by the state Legislature.

In other business:

• The board formally approved a statement outlining the delegation of powers to the president of Pierpont.

• Pierpont has stopped providing cellphone stipends to employees. Because a cellphone stipend was part of Larson’s current contract, the contract needed to be amended to remove the stipend.

• Barbara Pavel-Alvarez officially became a member of the board of governors.

Email Colleen S. Good at or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

Text Only
Local News
  • Bush’s murder convictions reinstated

    Phillip Reese Bush had his two first-degree murder convictions reinstated on Wednesday.
    The Memorandum Decision was handed down by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This decision reversed the Ohio County Circuit Court order from February 2013 that granted Bush a new trial.

    April 24, 2014

  • Weber would like to be Marion-Fairmont ‘buffer’

    With his six years of experience on Fairmont City Council, Daniel Weber is now running as a candidate for a seat on the Marion County Commission.
    Weber, a retired theater professor from Fairmont State University, said while he was teaching at the university he wanted to run for House of Delegates but couldn’t because he worked at FSU. It would have been a conflict of interest because delegates choose higher educators pay.

    April 24, 2014

  • Opposition to Worthington’s annexation proposal surfaces

    There was some opposition to the Town of Worthington’s annexation proposal.
    A public hearing was held Wednesday at the Marion County Commission meeting for the annexation of 43.28 acres into Worthington. Commissioners heard opinions on the matter but did not vote on the issue.

    April 24, 2014

  • Mailing on voter registration prompts questions

    Concerned voters started calling in to the Marion County Clerk’s office Wednesday after receiving a mailing from the Americans for Prosperity Foundation on voter registration.

    April 24, 2014

  • Farmington addresses problem properties

    The Town of Farmington is focusing on property maintenance, water and sewer issues.
    During its meeting on Monday night, council agreed to adopt the International Property Maintenance Code. This code, along with the town’s ordinance, will allow Farmington to better address some problem properties.

    April 24, 2014

  • (Main) Jay Rockefeller-EG.jpg ‘Something hard’ for Rockefeller turns out to be devotion to service

    U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., returned to West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday to host a public policy forum and reflect upon his time in public service.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 042314 Chuckie Sanders-EG.jpg Sanders now eligible for parole

    Chuckie Sanders is eligible for parole today.
    Not bitter about the 20 years he’s served, Sanders, 52, acknowledges the crime he was charged with, the drug habit that clouded his judgment and the debt he had to pay to society.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home-rule application approved by council

    Fairmont City Council approved on Tuesday submitting the city’s home-rule application to the home-rule board.

    April 23, 2014

  • Tennant hopes to keep county commission seat

    Burley “Butch” Tennant is not a stranger to the Marion County Commission.
    As the current president of the county commission, he started serving the six-year term in 2008.

    April 23, 2014

  • Gee and McKinley at WVU Healthcare Forum-EG.jpg Access to health care challenge to state

    Access to health care, and technology to better facilitate that care, is a big challenge in the rural areas of West Virginia.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads