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For the first time, an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for several colleges and universities but they come at a time when enrollment is down.  As the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University- through a grant with the state agriculture department- is studying whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

What is the Future for Higher Ed in West Virginia?

Jun 20, 2014
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College tuition is going up across the country - and across West Virginia. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) approved increases for several colleges and universities. Unfortunately, these increases come as many schools have seen a decline in enrollment.

  The University of Charleston has received approval for an associate degree nursing program at its Beckley campus.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses approved the program earlier this month.

It fills a void left by the closure of Mountain State University. The University of Charleston took over Mountain State's campuses in Beckley and Martinsburg on Jan. 1, 2013, after Mountain State lost its accreditation.

West Virginia University Provost Michele G. Wheatly plans to step down at the end of June.

Wheatly has served as the university's chief academic officer since Jan. 1, 2010. She came to WVU from Wright State University in Ohio, where she was head of the College of Science and Mathematics.

WVU President E. Gordon Gee said Tuesday in a news release that he has named College of Law Dean Joyce McConnell to replace Wheatly as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. McConnell's appointment is effective July 1.

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West Virginia State University and Marshall University are collaborating to help students interested in earning a doctorate in pharmacy.
 

 The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is considering tuition and fee increases proposed by public universities and colleges across the state.

Commission members are scheduled to vote on the increases at their meeting Monday in Charleston.

The commission's staff says public universities and colleges face a 2.6 percent reduction in state appropriations for the fiscal year that begins July 1 as costs increase.

  West Virginia University has eliminated more than 100 positions as it addresses budget cuts.

The Dominion Post reports that 68 vacant positions have been eliminated. Forty-three positions were eliminated when workers either retired or resigned. Another 13.5 positions were part of a reduction in the workforce.

Several departments have been combined, restructured or eliminated.

The university has seen about $20 million in budget cuts in the past couple of fiscal years.

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West Virginia University is launching the Center on Research and Violence.

The Morgantown school says the center will aim to learn more about violence and limit its effects.

It will earn grants to work on government and nonprofit projects, host conferences with leading speakers on violence and interact with communities across West Virginia and the nation.

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  Faculty members from Marshall University are offering hands-on science exploration experiences for middle and high school students this summer.

The camps on the Huntington campus begin June 30.

Officials say kid will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory activities during both the four-day and one-day camps.

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  West Virginia University's Board of Governors is considering a proposed 8 percent tuition increase for in-state students.

Tuition for out-of-state students would increase by 4 percent.

The proposed increases are on the agenda for the board's meeting on Thursday at Jackson's Mill in Weston.

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The presidents of Marshall and West Virginia universities are getting together to discuss the state's higher education issues.
 

Concord University senior runner Shawnee Carnett claimed her sixth All American honor this past weekend. Although Carnett’s last steps in outdoor 800 meter came up a bit short of another national championship, her college track and field career makes her the most decorated athlete ever to hit the halls at Concord University, and Carnett defeated almost all of her competitors on someone else’s turf.


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Community and technical colleges have started noticing a trend that’s consistent not just here in West Virginia, but across the country.

That trend: students who are enrolled in developmental courses when they enter a higher education institution are less likely to graduate.

“Thirteen percent of the students that go into developmental or remedial courses graduate, only 13 percent,” Chancellor of West Virginia’s CTC system James Skidmore told members of the state Board of Education during their May meeting.

West Virginia Wesleyan College
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  Construction of a new welcome center and several renovation projects are underway at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The projects are scheduled to be completed in August. The total cost is $7.5 million.

The Exponent Telegram reports that the projects include construction of the O'Roark Nordstorm Welcome Center and renovation of a residence hall and Ross Field. The college also is replacing the roofs on several buildings.

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  Student conduct cases at West Virginia University have declined.

The Student Conduct Board heard 39 cases during the 2013-2014 academic year, and eight other cases are pending. That's down from 70 cases during the 2012-2013 academic year.

This past academic year's cases include six malicious burning, eight hazing and eight possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. Another 14 cases involved a school policy covering sexual assault and domestic violence.

A competition on Concord University’s campus sprang folks into walking more than 42-million steps … the equivalent of going across the United States almost 6 ½ times.  The Spring Wellness Walking Challenge was organized by students, faculty and staff as a way to encourage more activity and better wellness on campus.

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  Wheeling Jesuit University has received a $172,000 grant to show teachers how to integrate technology into their lessons.

The grant will be used to offer a professional development program called e-TechTeach.

In addition to using technology, e-TechTeach educates teachers on an instructional method called flipped learning. The flipped learning method involves presenting lesson material through video. Class time is spent working on activities that promote thinking skills.

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Marshall University is reducing tuition rates for some high school students taking online college courses this summer.
 
Marshall says up to 30 students will pay 25 dollars per credit hour instead of the regular online fee, which will be 134 dollars per credit hour this fall.
 
Marshall is offering nearly 50 courses in the high school program this summer. Among them are math, history, geography, journalism, economics and music.  Class materials are included with each course.
 

Concord University students are reaching out into the community to inspire young entrepreneurs. Earlier this week students from Melrose Elementary in Mercer County set up a lemonade stand on Concord’s campus.

The children sold fresh lemonade to University faculty, staff and students after months of marketing and preparing. The event is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Google Entrepreneurs that started in 2007 to inspire youngsters by assisting with stands across the country.

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West Virginia State University President Brian Hemphill will get a pay raise under a new five-year contract.

The university announced Thursday that the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has approved the contract.

Hemphill's base salary will increase from $235,500 to $287,410. The contract also includes additional compensation paid by the WVSU Foundation that will be based on performance measures.

A new report says West Virginia’s lagging way behind nationally in funding for higher education. While West Virginia continues to cut in that department, many other states are allocating more dollars.

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Two West Virginia colleges are on a list the U.S. Department of Education released Thursday that includes 55 schools under investigation for possibly violating federal law in how they handle sexual violence and harassment complaints.

Bethany College in the northern panhandle and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg are both on the list.

School of Osteopathic Medicine Director of Marketing & Public Relations Denise Getson in an email response to a request for comment sent the following statement:

It's official. Dr. Kendra Boggess will be Concord's next president. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved Boggess during a meeting on Friday. 

The Concord University Board of Governors has selected Dr. Kendra Boggess as the University’s 12th president earlier this week. She'll also serve as the  first female president. 

Boggess was one of three finalists for the presidency of Concord following a nationwide search. She is currently serving as Concord’s interim president.

 

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Two higher education groups announced the adoption of a new policy Friday intended to make transferring credits between schools easier for West Virginia students.

The agreement between the state Higher Education Policy Commission and the Council for Community and Technical College Education intends to pave a way for a more seamless transition for students changing from one higher education institution to another, particularly for students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions.

Marshall Professor Named 2013 Professor of the Year

Apr 17, 2014
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A Marshall University English Professor has been named the 2013 Professor of the Year in the state.

Kateryna Schray is an English Professor in the Marshall University College of Liberal Arts. She’s been named the 2013 Professor of the Year by the Faculty Merit Foundation. Each year the Faculty Merit Foundation honors an outstanding faculty member at a West Virginia college or university. Schray said her students were supportive and happy for her after her award. She said she’s just not sure she’s deserving because she still has a ways to go.

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West Virginia University and two other institutions of higher learning in the state will share in a $2.5 million grant to attract, retain and graduate underrepresented students in so-called STEM studies.

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The Higher Education Policy Commission will meet April 25 at Fairmont State University to vote on a new contract for West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee.

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West Virginia University-Parkersburg's Board of Governors has approved an 8 percent tuition increase.
 
In-state students in bachelor degree programs would pay $300 more a year. Out-of-state students would pay an additional $786 a year.

In-state tuition for associate degree and certificate programs would increase by $216 a year. Out-of-state tuition would rise by $768.
 

Appalachian Studies Association

About 800 people are expected to attend a conference at Marshall University in Huntington Friday through Sunday for the 37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference.

Marshall University Education Professor and conference organizer Linda Spatig says the theme is New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities.

West Virginia Wesleyan College
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Buckhannon police are investigating a weekend brawl involving about 20 students from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Alderson Broaddus University.
 
Police chief Matthew Gregory says the incident occurred outside the Kappa Alpha fraternity house early Sunday morning.
 

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