Charting the Future
West Virginia’s master plan for higher education from 2007 to 2012 sets a public agenda for how to best serve the needs of our citizens. It envisions a vital role for higher education in improving the economic opportunities and overall quality of life for our state. Higher education has long been the pathway to upward mobility in America, and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission takes responsibility for opening that pathway to all West Virginians. Accordingly, this plan addresses key issues in providing a quality post-secondary education for our population—issues such as access, student preparation, program offerings, cost, and learning accountability. In addressing these issues, West Virginia’s institutions of higher education strive to adapt to a new environment of limited state funding while embracing public accountability and access for lower-income students.
Postsecondary education is critical not only to the economic futures of our individual citizens, but also to the health of the state’s economy as a whole. In order to foster economic development, maximize use of resources, and make our graduates competitive in a knowledge-intensive global economy, this plan focuses throughout on the importance of partnerships, entrepreneurship, and research. We look to capitalize on existing strengths and better position West Virginia as a globally competitive, economically prosperous, and dynamic state. This document reflects our belief that higher education plays an instrumental part in the cultural and economic health of our communities. The Master Plan’s major areas of 1) economic growth, 2) access, 3) cost and affordability, 4) learning and accountability, and 5) innovation respond to a set of implied questions that reflect our goals for serving West Virginia through higher education. We articulate those questions here:
CHARTING THE FUTURE - Message from the Chancellor
CHARTING THE FUTURE - Executive Summary
CHARTING THE FUTURE - Full Publication