Higher Education

On The Legislature Today, education is once again debated on the Senate floor, but this time the education chair shares concerns over a bill he’s sponsoring.

In the House, delegates progress a Right-to-Work bill one that makes changes to the current law being challenged in the state’s court system.

And advocates are pushing second chance laws that they say will help felons reintegrate into their communities and keep them out of prison in the future.

Those stories and more on The Legislature Today.

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At the start of this legislative session, Republican leaders warned that public education could be on the chopping block, seeing reductions that the system has historically been protected from. During a recent press conference, both House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael said they’ll work to mitigate the harm to classrooms and teachers, but funding will be reduced. The House’s Education Chairman says with those funding reductions, lawmakers are working to give county school systems more flexibility in how they spend their limited dollars.

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The House voted on two education-related bills Tuesday – one that would give The West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind access to the School Building Authority and another aimed at giving higher education institutions more control of their own affairs.


On The Legislature Today, the governor releases an alternative plan to balance the 2018 budget-- one legislative leaders seem more open to considering.

 

In the Senate, a bill to clarify the state’s right to work law gets a passing vote and in the House, delegates hold a public hearing to address changed to the state's water quality standards.

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A bill aimed at giving the state’s two largest universities more control over their own affairs advanced in the House of Delegates Monday.

House Bill 2542 is a large bill, 33 pages in fact, with several provisions. But its main intent is to give the state’s higher education institutions more flexibility in hiring and salary rates.

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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has been rewarded with a five-year contract extension after the Mountaineers' best Big 12 finish since entering the conference in 2012.

Athletic director Shane Lyons announced the extension in a statement Saturday after No. 14 West Virginia beat Baylor 24-21. The five-year package is worth $18.6 million plus incentives.

West Virginia University

Court records show that the West Virginia University dean responsible for the school's fraternity and sorority life pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in Pennsylvania shortly before the school announced his resignation this fall.

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The total enrollment of West Virginia's public four-year colleges has declined for the fifth consecutive year.

 

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports about 250 fewer students have enrolled compared to the previous year, according to a report given to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

Joel Thierstein
West Virginia Wesleyan

After eight months of searching, West Virginia Wesleyan College’s governing board has selected Joel Thierstein as the school’s next president.

Marshall University

Former Marshall assistant football coach Red Dawson will be the grand marshal in Marshall University's homecoming parade this month.

The parade will be held Oct. 13 in downtown Huntington.

Dawson was an assistant coach in 1970 when a plane crash carrying Marshall's football team, coaches and supporters crashed near the Huntington airport while returning from a game at East Carolina.

Anthony Jenkins
West Virginia State University

West Virginia State University’s new president. Anthony L. Jenkins gave his first state of the university address Thursday.

Jenkins told faculty, staff and students Thursday that enrollment was up at the historically black university. It’s the fourth consecutive year that enrollment is up according to the university.

Jerome Gilbert Marshall University President
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill this morning to administer the oath of office to Marshall University’s new President, Jerome Gilbert.

The ceremony was held on Marshall University’s campus Thursday. Gilbert was named the 37th President of Marshall last October.

Sen. Mike Romano, D-Harrison County, on the Senate floor during the 2016 special session.
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The two panels that oversee West Virginia’s higher education institutions responded to a performance review from the Legislative Auditor’s office Monday in an interim meeting with the Joint Standing Committee on Education.

The report was first released in January 2016 and calls for significant changes to the way the two organizations are structured, including urging lawmakers to rethink the amount the agencies are funded each year.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission says too many college students in West Virginia are dropping out.  The agency says students are becoming discouraged when they go to college and are placed in remedial courses to strengthen their basic math and English skills because those classes don’t count for college credit, but students still have to pay for them.

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We use text messaging for a variety of things; to chat with family and friends, to check-in with a coworker, or send a photo, but what about for academics?

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has been a pioneer in helping to develop a national text message counseling program that helps first-time college students transition more easily into college life. This year, that program goes statewide.

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After the House of Delegates passed its first measures of the special session Thursday, the slightest sense of progress on the budget has finally arrived. Nine days in and with no revenue measures passed to help cover a $270 million shortfall, the House took its budget bill up on second reading. 

 

All but one of the amendments to the bill were shot down. One set that called for catastrophic cuts to some higher education institutions, eliciting emotional responses.

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A new report released by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy shows the state’s cuts to Higher Education are among the worst in the country.

The report shows that funding for Higher Education in West Virginia has been cut considerably since the 2007-2008 school year.

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West Virginia University

A 120 year-old institution will soon be relocating in southern West Virginia after receiving the go-ahead from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. 

Tomblin has signed a bill that allows the West Virginia University Institute of Technology to move from Montgomery in Fayette County to Beckley in Raleigh County, taking over the campus of the former Mountain State University. 

Marshall University
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Marshall University will offer a new bachelor's degree program in health care management.

The university says in a news release that the Lewis College of Business will launch the degree program this fall, although current students can begin taking courses this semester.

WJU President, Rev. James Fleming, S.J. announced the new program.
WJU

Wheeling Jesuit University announced a new program this week that uses novel approaches to make college more affordable for some students, and prepares them more effectively to enter the workforce.

 


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