The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 18, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Thursday, April 18, 2013

By Reg Henry

— It is great UC-Beckley has picked up “one” of Mountain State University’s old programs. My question is, what about the former MSU students in other programs that were not eligible for the teach-out?

MSU offered non-traditional programs which drew students in from across the United States. You dropped these programs and the students were forced to leave Beckley in order to continue their education or return home to look for jobs in the fast food industry or retail stores because they did not have the financial means to move to another school.

My niece was one of the forensics students close to achieving her degree but ineligible for the teach-out program. She went to WVU Tech which picked up the forensics program last fall, however, she had to return home due to finances.

She has her Associate in Criminal Justice and had to put aside her pursuit in forensics and applied to UC-Beckley, hoping to return to the criminal justice course of study only to find out that you did not offer that either.

She was not permitted to enroll as “undecided” and was forced to enroll in a program she definitely was not interested in.

Even though there are rumors that you are going to offer criminal justice online (nearly all of your classes are taught online), and due to an apparent communication problem, she did not receive the notification concerning the class withdrawal deadline, and she received “Fs” in the classes she was forced to take because you offered nothing in her course of study.

You need to offer courses students are interested in. Young people today are watching television shows such as “Bones,” “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and “NCIS” (the real NCIS used to come to MSU and recruit forensics students to come work for them).

I think that mostly online classes result in empty classrooms and empty dormitories. Why come to Beckley if you can sit at home on a computer and receive a college degree?

My advice to the University of Charleston is get off line and inside the classroom, reinstate the non-traditional courses that MSU offered and bring something different to the table.

Don’t have us watch you take down the banners you so proudly put up in January.

“If you build it…they will come.”

Terri Wells