Higher Education

Public Service Scholarship
1:56 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Rockefeller Announces Endowment in His Final Message From Senate Office

On his last day in office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announces an endowment at the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at WVU.
Credit U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation

In his final message from his United States Senate office, Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced Friday that he will endow a scholarship to the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics at West Virginia University, the location of his Senatorial Archives.

The following is the Senator's announcement:

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Higher Education
12:01 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

WVU Board Delays Mountain State Purchase Decision

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  West Virginia University's board will take two more weeks to decide whether to retain exclusive rights to purchase Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The board delayed its decision until Dec. 22 at a meeting Friday in Morgantown. The university says the board will continue its analysis of academic possibilities and economic factors associated with the deal.

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Higher Education
11:59 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Adult Education Opportunities Expanding in W.Va.

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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is set to expand adult education opportunities across West Virginia.

The West Virginia Network says it has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program.

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Fraternity Death
6:44 am
Fri December 5, 2014

WVU to Hold Ceremony Remembering Late Student

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West Virginia University will hold a bell-ringing ceremony in honor of a student who died last month at a school fraternity.

Eighteen-year-old freshman Nolan Burch died on Nov. 14. He was from Williamsville, New York, a Buffalo suburb.

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West Virginia Morning
8:41 am
Thu December 4, 2014

What is a RESA?, Wheeling Restaurant Focuses on Local Food

The state Board of Education's Commission on School District Governance and Administration focused in on the services provided by RESAs, or Regional Education Service Agencies. RESAs are regional offices that provide services to county schools like professional development or technology support. 

The commission voted yesterday to recommend the board define the services provided at the RESAs, put a performance metric system in place and take away their ability to offer community service courses for extra income to instead focus on student achievement.

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Higher Education
10:30 am
Tue December 2, 2014

WVU-Parkersburg Narrows Presidential Search to Five

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  West Virginia University at Parkersburg's board has scheduled interviews with five finalists for the president's job.

The candidates will visit the campus this week and next week. They are Paul Schreffler of Mill Creek; Harold Nolte of Brenham, Texas; Alan Roberts of Fort Pierce, Florida; James Conneely of Richmond, Kentucky.; and Fletcher Lamkin of Lane Osage Beach, Missouri.

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Research Award
6:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

WVU Researcher Receives Grant for Crisis Study

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A West Virginia University scholar will be awarded more than $130,000 to study the aftermath of the Ukrainian crisis. 

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3:48 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mountain East Conference Tournament to Stay in Charleston

Credit Mountain East Conference

A new agreement will keep the Mountain East Conference's annual basketball tournaments in Charleston through 2017.

The agreement between the City of Charleston, the Charleston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Charleston Civics Center will keep both the men's and women's basketball tournaments in the capital city for the next three years.

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Higher Education
11:30 am
Tue November 25, 2014

WVU Board to Discuss Possible Campus Purchase

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West Virginia University's board has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Morgantown. The possible purchase is the only item on the agenda.

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MEC Champions
3:58 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Concord University Earns Home Field Playoff Advantage

Concord University's football team celebrates a perfect regular season after defeating Shepherd University.
Credit Wes McKinney

The Concord University Football program ended the regular season undefeated, giving them a home field advantage for their first playoff game.

The Mountain Lions earned that spot after winning the Mountain East Conference title, when they ousted Shepherd University. This is Concord’s second playoff berth in four years. Concord will play the winner of the game between West Chester University and Slippery Rock University. Both of those teams will travel to West Virginia from Pennsylvania.

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Higher Education
7:13 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

WVU Suspends Fraternity and Sorority Activities, Student Dies

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An 18-year-old student at the center of an investigation into the conduct at fraternities and sororities at WVU has died.

Late Wednesday night, police were called to the Kappa Sigma fraternity. They found someone performing CPR on Michael Nolan Burch. Preston said Burch had no pulse and wasn't breathing. He was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital, where he died today.  

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Higher Education
11:43 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Enrollment Down at W.Va. Four-Year Institutions

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Fall enrollment is down at most of West Virginia's public four-year colleges and universities. The Charleston Gazette says state figures show about 65,400 students are enrolled in public four-year schools. That's down 1.6 percent from the fall of 2013.

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A Senator's Legacy
8:06 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

Rockefeller Honored with School of Policy, Politics in His Name

Dr. Scott Crichlow, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, President Gordon Gee and Sen. Joe Manchin at West Virginia University's Wise Library.
Ashton Marra West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Some 2,000 boxes of documents, 500 gigabytes of data and hundreds of pieces of memorabilia now have a new home at West Virginia University after President E. Gordon Gee and Senator Jay Rockefeller announced Saturday the university's library will serve as Rockefeller's official Senatorial archive.

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Higher Education
3:08 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

WVU Exploring Purchase of Beckley Campus

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West Virginia University announced Thursday it is exploring the purchase of the former Mountain State University Beckley campus.The University announced a due diligence agreement in a press release. The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, and academic programs among many other areas at Mountain State to determine if it meets their academic and fiscal expectations.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

West Virginia University Expels Three Students for Riots

Credit Twitter

  Three West Virginia University students were expelled from campus Thursday for various acts of misconduct following Saturday's WVU-Baylor football game. 

Other students may also face University sanctions as various law enforcement agencies complete their investigations and reports and provide that information to the University. These cases are independent of any state or local criminal penalties and fines the students may face.

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Higher Education
10:27 am
Tue October 21, 2014

W.Va. PROMISE Scholarship Recipients Increase

Credit West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

  A higher education official says more West Virginia high school seniors are qualifying for the state's PROMISE scholarship.

Higher Education Policy Commission financial aid senior director Brian Weingart also says the college graduation rate of PROMISE recipients is higher than the general student body's rate.

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Higher Education
2:34 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Number of CTC Degrees Awarded in W.Va. Growing

WVCTC Chancellor James Skidmore discusses the community and technical college system with the state Board of Education.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia has announced more than 4,500 degrees were awarded during the 2013-2014 school year.

Between 2009 and 2014, the number of certificate degrees awarded in the state more than doubled from 539 to 1,476.

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Liquidation begins
11:44 am
Tue October 7, 2014

14,000 Former MSU Students Closer to Compensation

14,000 former students of Mountain State University in Beckley are in line to receive compensation 2 years after its closure.
Credit Mountain State University / Google+

A Jan. 15 hearing is scheduled in Charleston on a proposed settlement of hundreds of lawsuits against the now defunct Mountain State University.

A three-judge mass litigation panel gave preliminary approval to the settlement Monday following a hearing in Beckley.

The proposed settlement will establish a fund to compensate over 14,000 students who filed claims when the university lost its accreditation in 2012.

Yesterday's decision allows the former university to begin liquidating its assets.

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Higher Education
3:20 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Campaign to Finish Degrees On Time Comes to W.Va.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission kicked off an initiative in Charleston Tuesday meant to push college students across the state to finish their degrees on time.

The ‘15 to Finish’ campaign’s main goal is to encourage students to take 15 credit hours a semester in order to finish their 4-year-degrees in four years.

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1:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Three W.Va. CTCs Awarded Workforce Training Funding

Three West Virginia community and technical colleges have been awarded more than $9 million in federal funding for a workforce training initiative.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Rep. Nick Rahall announced the grant on Monday in a news release. The funding is part of a nationwide effort to assist military members and veterans.

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