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West Virginia's higher education system has a new senior administrator.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education said Matt Turner will be the agencies' new executive vice chancellor for administration.

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West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is on the road, part of his statewide 55-county tour.

Thursday, Gee made stops in Raleigh, Mercer and Summers counties. He met with WVU alumni and local business leaders. He traveled with the musket-packing Mountaineer mascot, Michael Garcia.

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  The West Virginia University at Parkersburg Board of Governors has named Dr. Marie Foster Gnage president emeritus. Gnage is the sixth president of WVU Parkersburg and the college’s second president, after Dr. Eldon Miller, to receive this designation.

A news release issued Thursday says a resolution was presented to Gnage at the June 2014 board meeting.

The board recognized Gnage’s leadership in many non-profit organizations and local, state and national higher education initiatives.

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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.

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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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