Higher Education

West Virginia State University

The search is under way for the 11th president of West Virginia State University.

The Board of Governors launched the hunt on Monday after Brian O. Hemphill was named president of Virginia's Radford University. His appointment is effective July 2016.

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West Virginia University's governing board has responded to a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a student who died following a hazing for a fraternity that had its charter revoked.

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West Virginia higher education officials want to increase the number of degrees awarded annually in the state to 40,000 by 2025, more than doubling those awarded last year. 

West Virginia's two-year and four-year public colleges and universities awarded a record 18,000 degrees in 2014, but now higher education officials are looking for ways to increase that number to meet future workforce demands.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we'll hear stories of women whose grit and determination changed their own lives - and changed other people's lives, too. We’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

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According to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, every public college and university in West Virginia costs less to attend than the national average of $17,500. 

However, only 4 schools meet or exceed the national earning power after attending.  Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and two WVU-affiliated schools, (Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology) exceed the average national salary of $36,000; salary information was unreported for several state schools.  

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About a dozen education officials from around the state addressed the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability in an interim meeting Monday.

Budget cuts for higher education has been a topic many in the state find frustrating, and this feeling was no different at Monday’s interim meeting.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we hear from first generation college students, like Savanna Lusk, the daughter of an underground coal miner and Logan Bays the son of a former surface miner. Host Jessica Lilly spoke on WVNS-TV Morning Show, previewing this week's episode.

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High school graduates can begin applying for West Virginia's merit-based Promise Scholarship on Monday.

Applications will be available until March 1.

West Liberty University

West Liberty University announced the selection of a new president this week. Dr. Stephen Greiner is currently the president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky, but he will take over as president at West Liberty in January.


Today Concord University is celebrating a new broadcasting facility on its campus. West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Jessica Lilly, a Concord graduate who teaches at the university, spearheaded efforts to get a college radio station up and running.

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Some students at New River Community and Technical College who complete two-year degrees can transfer into a four-year program at West Virginia State University.

Officials from both schools announced an agreement Tuesday involving online and evening classes at West Virginia State.

It lets New River graduates in business administration, law enforcement and corrections complete their bachelor's degrees in business or criminal justice.

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Marshall University says its accreditation is up for its 10-year review.

According to the university, a team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will visit the Huntington campus in October.

The team will review Marshall's ongoing ability to meet the commission's criteria for accreditation. 

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Marshall University has slashed the price of courses for some high school students who want to earn college credits simultaneously.

The university announced Thursday that students enrolled in the program will now pay $25 per credit hour. Previously they paid $84 per credit hour.

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  Marshall University's presidential search committee plans to interview six new candidates in September.

Marshall Board of Governors chairman Michael G. Sellards says the candidates were identified by consultants with AGB Search Inc. He didn't identify the candidates.

The committee interviewed six other candidates in May but decided to continue the search.

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Mon Power has scheduled a power outage on West Virginia University's Evansdale campus.

The Dominion Post reports the power outage begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday will last about 10 hours.

A recent lightning strike damaged the primary distribution grid that provides power to some WVU facilities.

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Two colleges in West Virginia will receive federal grants to help students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in higher education.The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded $23.4 million to more than 100 institutions in 36 states. That's in addition to $270 million for 968 institutions in similar grants announced a month ago.

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Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley came to the school in 2007 after working as Vice President of Academic Affairs at a small university in Baltimore.

Before that, she was a teacher for 20 years at universities in Ohio and then in Arizona, but she says she never imagined working in West Virginia.

Now some 8 years later, Shipley has stepped down from her post to take a new position as president of Midwestern State University in Wichita, Texas.

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Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College are banning tobacco use on their shared campus.

Both schools' governing boards have approved adoption of a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus. The Times West Virginian reports that the new policy is effective Aug. 1.

Pierpont Board of Governors chairman James Griffin says the board wanted to create a healthier environment for students.

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While the Higher Education Policy Commission is increasing tuition for in-state students at state schools around West Virginia by as much as 10 percent, officials at Salem International University, a private institution, announced a new college affordability initiative this week at their campus in Harrison County. The initiative would effectively cut students’ tuition by half or more.

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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved tuition and fee increases sought by West Virginia University, Potomac State College of WVU and West Virginia State University.

The commission voted on the increases at its regular meeting Monday.

In a news release, the commission said the board voted 5-2 to approve WVU's plan to increase in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 9.7 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year. Out-of-state undergraduate costs will increase by 4.9 percent.

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