Casey Sacks

Vice Chancellor

West Virginia Community and Technical College System

Casey Sacks

Vice Chancellor

West Virginia Community and Technical College System

Casey K. Sacks is the Vice Chancellor for the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. Her primary roles include providing vision and leadership for statewide initiatives in the areas of policy support, workforce development, technology innovation, program recruitment and retention, grant management, and the delivery of community and technical college education. She is particularly excited about leadership development in the West Virginia System and started a Deans’ Academy to help support mid- level managers. Casey has been very involved nationally with the college completion agenda through the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and with Complete College America. She is an advocate for creating structures that help our students to complete college and move into jobs that allow them to sustain their families and support their communities. Prior to her work in West Virginia, Sacks spent eight years at the Colorado Community College System in Academic Affairs. There, she provided key leadership for system-wide developmental education policy reform. Sacks completed her Ph.D. in higher education
administration at Bowling Green State University in Ohio specializing in institutional planning. She is an active Rotarian, avid equestrian, and travel enthusiast.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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