The Times West Virginian

August 25, 2013

Pierpont, FSU butting heads on issues of space, class credits, access to data

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — While officials at Pierpont Community & Technical College have expressed excitement over opening programs at locations such as Veterans’ Square, MTEC and the North Central Advanced Technology Center, they say the plan hasn’t always been to remove some of the institution’s programs from the shared campus with Fairmont State University.

According to Dr. Doreen Larson, president of Pierpont, program changes and space limitations have led to the decision to start finding alternative locations for the institution’s classes and programs.

In particular, Larson said that when FSU decided to end the agreement between the two-plus-two design programs that allowed students to complete portions of their degrees at both Pierpont and FSU, Pierpont officials began questioning how to best serve the students.

“We said there’s no reason to have those programs on this campus now if their credits aren’t going to transfer forward,” Larson said. “We had been looking at space at Veterans’ Square and thought it would be perfect. There’s no reason for the program to stay here, so instead we can move them down there and help with the revitalization of downtown. But we had no designs to move it until they left our students high and dry.” 

Over the past year, Larson said several similar curriculum changes have been made that affect the ability for Pierpont students to transfer credits to FSU.


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