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 credit from
other institutions towards 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.