RIVERTON — After earning authorization last week from the Wyoming Community College Commission, Central Wyoming College will now seek approval from the Higher Learning Commission accrediting agency to offer a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The process will involve a site visit to the Riverton campus this winter, during which HLC representatives will meet with the CWC Board of Trustees and “other functional units around the college” to determine whether the BAS is appropriate for the school, according to previous reports.

“This is not a rubber stamp exercise,” CWC president Brad Tyndall said during a meeting this month. “Twenty percent of the time a college does not get the BAS. … It is not a guarantee.”

A press release this week indicates the HLC could make a decision about the BAS at CWC sometime in the spring of 2020.

If the agency approves the BAS, administrators must then return to the CWC Board of Trustees, the WCCC and the HLC to receive specific program approval for a four-year degree in organizational management and leadership with two emphasis areas — one in one in tribal leadership, and another in business and entrepreneurship. Additional program course electives will allow for specialization in either degree path, CWC said in a press release this week.

If the approval process progresses seamlessly, CWC could start offering BAS classes in fall 2020. CWC vice president of academic affairs Kathy Wells, who is “taking the lead” for the BAS project, said faculty members have designed a degree that “meets rigor and quality expectations.


By Katie Roenigk

Riverton Ranger Via Wyoming News Exchange