Alderson Broaddus University and the W.Va. Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation sign agreement

Alderson Broaddus University (AB) and the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) signed an affiliation agreement to provide educational opportunities for corrections officers and employees. Using existing training, West Virginia corrections officers and employees can earn up to 18 credit hours at AB. These prior learning credits will count towards the completion of an Associate of Arts and/or a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

“We are excited about this new agreement and the opportunities it will present for the development of WVDCR staff,” said Brad Douglas, WVDCR acting commissioner. “We are looking forward to working with Alderson Broaddus to help our staff further their education, which will not only benefit them moving forward, but it also benefits our agency and the State of West Virginia.”

In addition to prior learning credits, corrections officers and employees can apply transfer credits from other institutions toward these degree programs. All other courses will be offered online through AB’s extended learning initiative at a reduced tuition rate.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation,” stated Dr. Andrea Bucklew, AB provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “It is our hope that this agreement will create a pathway for officers and employees to complete a college degree while receiving credit for the knowledge and skills they have already acquired through their training with the WVDCR.”

This is AB’s second articulation agreement with a state agency. The first, with the West Virginia Department of Education, was enacted in 2020.


Photo (back row; left to right): Dr. Andrea Bucklew, AB Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Michael Kochka, AB Dean of Students; Dr. James Owston, Associate Provost, and Scott Patterson, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Training and Staff Development.

(seated; left to right): Dr. James “Tim” Barry, AB President, and Brad Douglas, WVDCR Acting Commissioner.