W. Va. Code R. § 135-11-10 - Guidelines for Joint Degree Programs

Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022

10.1. Joint degree programs are one common degree program offered jointly by two participating institutions. The student takes courses from both institutions and, upon graduation receives a degree listing both institutions on the diploma or certificate.
10.2. Institutions desiring to offer a joint degree are to contact the Division of Academic Affairs in the Council office prior to beginning negotiations to offer the degree. Negotiations should begin at a minimum of 120 days from planned implementation. Working with the Council office, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) is generated by the two institutions. The MOA should cover topics such as the courses to be offered by each institution, facilities to be provided by each institution, the administrative structure of the program, the financial obligation of each institution and other details necessary for the successful implementation of the joint degree.
10.3. For reporting purposes, the MOA shall denote the percentage of credit for program completers each institution shall receive in state generated graduation reports. It is presumed institutions will split the number of completers in a 50/50 reporting split. However, should there be a significant enrollment disparity between the institutions, the institutions may agree to other mutually agreeable reporting percentages. Each institution shall use enrollment numbers in their own courses as part of their headcount reporting.
10.4. Each institution must contribute coursework to the degree/certificate program with the minimum curricular contribution being 25 percent of the total number of credit hours necessary for completion of the degree/certificate.
10.5. The student shall be admitted to both institutions. However, a "home institution" shall be identified for the student and is responsible for advising, fee and tuition collection, course registration, and administrating other processes necessary to allow the student to successfully complete the course requirements.
10.6. Once the MOA has been signed, it is attached to a program proposal as outlined in section 7 of this document and submitted for approval to the Council.


W. Va. Code R. § 135-11-10

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