October 28, 2016
By MICKEY POWELL
MARTINSVILLE-Just because there's a plan on the table with Longwood University, that doesn't mean the negotiations are over for the New College Institute. That point was made repeatedly during NCI's board of directors meeting Thursday.
No votes were taken and no final decisions reached. In fact, NCI administration said they're open to talking with other universities as well, not just Longwood.
The institute wants to “leave room to negotiate with other universities if they come forward” with proposals, said Acting Executive Director/Chief Academic Officer Leanna Blevins.
NCI offers various bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through partnerships with Virginia universities plus training and professional development programs aimed to be responsive to needs of area businesses and industries.
Longwood has been one of NCI’s partners since the state-supported institute opened in 2006. Currently, the university is offering bachelor’s degree programs in education and social work as well as a reading specialist endorsement certificate program at the institute.
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Executive Director Peter Blake on Thursday presented NCI’s board a concept for Longwood to take on a more prominent role at the institute. His concept is a “blending of options” examined by NCI in terms of the structure of how higher education institutions traditionally operate and provide educational programs.
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