Higher Education

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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.
Perry Bennett / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

West Virginia Morning
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.

West Virginia Legislative Services

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.

Kristi George / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

WVU Tech
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.

 


West Liberty University

 

West Liberty University is one of several  higher education institutions in the state that have recently hired new presidents. Weirton-native Stephen Greiner spoke with West Virginia Public Broadcasting about coming home to lead a school in the Northern Panhandle.


Perry Bennett / West Virginia Legislative Photography

In Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address last week, he proposed budget cuts all across the board, and Higher Education is looking at another big reduction this year.

For years, Higher Education in West Virginia has endured budget reductions from the state legislature. Some representatives from the state’s public universities have voiced concern that lawmakers aren’t taking the cuts and their impacts on the system seriously, and with a proposed 14 million dollar cut by Governor Tomblin again this year, they’re not feeling much better.

The Legislature Today
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this episode of The Legislature Today, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in the case to replace former state Senator Daniel Hall. 

Woodburn Hall
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West Virginia University and officials for the city of Morgantown have reached an agreement over policing the school's fraternity and sorority houses.

West Virginia University

A search committee has been formed to find the next leader at West Virginia State University, and a group of alumni say they have a great prospect.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the group of current and former students wants a West Virginia University vice president put on the short list for West Virginia State's next president.

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.

Woodburn Hall
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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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