Sours said in August 2012 that he remembers "philosophical" conversations with Welch as far back as April
"We're in a very competitive business," Welch told the Daily Mail in August. "Higher education is changing. I don't think it will ever go back to the way it was."
For UC, those changes have meant taking on essentially all of the courses once offered at Mountain State at its former locations. The university is also pushing online offerings, a new foray into the area for UC. It hired Jerry Forster to serve as the leader of the two branch campuses as well as the online courses.
Since officially opening in January, enrollment has ballooned to nearly 1,700 students. Although it's the largest enrollment in four decades, UC is devoting a great deal of attention to recruitment. It's hoping the convenience of the locations and the offering of junior varsity athletic programs at the Beckley site will help bolster its numbers.
Mountain State may be gone, but problems still plague its former students. Dozens of lawsuits are pending from students with mountains of debt who felt they were misled by the school about its future.
Mountain State students who have transitioned to UC still haven't received federal financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education doesn't consider Mountain State an institution, and since the students received the aid while attending Mountain State, there have been distribution issues.
Welch expected those problems to be addressed this month. Overall he thinks the takeover has gone well, and he anticipates steadily increasing enrollment figures.