A "Business Education Compact" was recently signed by four regional institutions of higher education. They included (left-to-right) Clifford Lantz (Dean of Business and Economics, West Virginia State College), Michael Lilly (Chair, Division of Business, Bluefield State College), Dr. Hazo Carter (President, West Virginia State College) and Dr. Sydney Stern (Dean at the College of Business and Economics, WVU). Morgan State University is the fourth participating higher education institution participating in the agreement. The Business Schools of Bluefield State College, West Virginia State College, West Virginia University and Morgan State University have signed a "West Virginia and Maryland Business Education Compact," pledging to work together to enhance the educational and research opportunities of their students and faculty, and to increase accessibility to higher education through the innovative use of technology. Representatives from the Business programs at each institution participated in a formal signing ceremony February 17 on the campus of West Virginia State College. BSC and West Virginia University have already established a partnership in distance learning, whereby BSC's distance learning classrooms serve as sites for the delivery of WVU's executive MBA program instruction. Through the "Business Education Compact," representatives of the four participating institutions of higher education will convene a task force to define the scope of the agreement, develop a detailed plan of action, explore funding options, devise implementation schedules, and determine the roles and responsibilities of the respective institutions. Officials of the institutions will develop curricula , appropriate activities, and special cross-institutional teamwork opportunities that can be facilitated by collaborating in the use of technology to include distance learning, Internet delivery, and asynchronous learning modes. The agreement will focus upon educational outcomes that emphasize global business, leadership skills, work plan diversity, and ethical values, along with collaborative teaching, research, and outreach opportunities. Those representatives participating in the signing ceremony included Michael Lilly (Chair, Division of Business, Bluefield State College), Otis Thomas (Dean of Business, Morgan State University), Sydney Stern (Dean at the College of Business and Economics, WVU), and Clifford Lantz (Dean of Business and Economics, West Virginia State College).