Higher Education

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
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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.

Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling Jesuit University

  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.

Marshall University
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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.

West Virginia State University

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.

 

Higher Ed. Transfers Soon to be Easier in W.Va.

Apr 25, 2014
West Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia Wesleyan College

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.

West Virginia University

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
West Virginia Wesleyan College

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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Only three finalists remain in the running for president for Concord University.
 
The school's board of governors held a special meeting on Wednesday afternoon to seek approval of the recommendations of its presidential search committee.
 

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A report prepared by West Virginia University for the Higher Learning Commission is now available online.
 
Officials say the self-study demonstrates how WVU fulfills the commission's criteria for accreditation.
 
The university is up for reaccreditation this year by the agency which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities. A team of peer evaluators will visit the school in April.

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Ten students from the University of San Francisco are in West Virginia this week, spending their spring break getting a first-hand look at the coal and gas industries.

This immersion trip is taking place through Wheeling Jesuit University’s Appalachian Institute. It began in Wheeling with an orientation then the group traveled to the Morgantown, W.Va. and Washington, Pa., area to visit the Center for Coalfield Justice and spend time with the Friends of Decker’s Creek collecting water samples.

Becoming Frack Finders

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The president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg says she isn't renewing her contract with the school.

Officials said Monday that after 10 years as the head of the university, Marie Foster Gnage won't renew her contract after June 30.

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