In an effort to make college more accessible to all West Virginians, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC), with assistance from WVNET and others, developed the WVROCKS web portal. From the very beginning, WVROCKS success relied on these collaborative partnerships as well as the guidance and input of key leaders from all of the West Virginia higher education institutions who offer the Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree. This is where the teamwork to create a sustainable online program for adult learners begins.
WVROCKS was given a pledge of full support from WVNET by Director, Judge Dan O’Hanlon, who worked closely with the Statewide Director of e-Learning, Dr. Roxann Humbert to identify areas of need to expedite the process of building a sustainable portal. In April of 2012, Dr. Mary Stewart joined the team and the first session was launched in the Fall of 2012. Upon Dr. Humbert’s retirement, Dr. Stewart assumed leadership of WVROCKS then retired in 2021. In the spring of 2022, Lucy Gray Kefauver was hired as the director of online learning for the WVHEPC and WVROCKS. The team supporting WVROCKS consists of an instructional designer, an information specialist, a graphic designer, and a program assistant. This team works with RBA and BOG coordinators and faculty across the state to keep WVROCKS running smoothly and improving consistently as evidenced by the 93% attendance rate, 92% completion rate, and the 84% pass rate.