West Virginia University

Swimmerguy269 / wikimedia Commons

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.

June 22, 1926: Earl Olgebay Dies at 77

Jun 22, 2015
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  Earl Oglebay died on June 22, 1926, at age 77. The son of a wealthy Wheeling businessman, he became head of his father’s bank at age 28, making him the nation’s youngest bank president. In the late 1800s, Oglebay partnered with John D. Rockefeller in a Cleveland iron business. He amassed a small fortune in 1901, when he sold his iron interests to U.S. Steel.


West Virginia University says its main campus in Morgantown and regional medical facilities had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2014.

The report issued Friday found that more than 26,000 workers are employed directly by the university or indirectly through spending in the local economy. That represents 22 percent of the region's workforce.


NASA has awarded $100,000 to a team from West Virginia University for completing a robotics challenge.

  NASA says the objective of the challenge is to encourage innovations in autonomous navigation and robotics technologies. Teams were required to demonstrate their robots could locate and collect geologic samples from wide and varied terrains, operating without human control.


The West Virginia University Board of Governors unanimously approved a one billion budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The new budget includes a tuition increase approved by the board last month. The proposed tuition increase of nearly 10% for in-state students still needs the final approval of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission before it can take effect.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, the president of the United Mine Workers union rallies members to fight the U.S. EPA that he says are causing thousands of job losses in the coalfields. And we’ll travel to Gilbert in Mingo County to find out how the community is overcoming challenges to access to health care.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The Higher Education Policy Commission met at Shepherd University Friday to discuss tuition increases and a new reverse transfer policy.

Clay Scott / High Plains News

West Virginia University researchers predict that state coal production will drop 39 percent compared with the industry's last high point in 2008.

The WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research released a report Thursday assessing coal production outlook over the next 20 years.

May 28, 1938: NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West Born in Cabin Creek

May 28, 2015
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia

  Basketball hall of famer Jerry West was born on Cabin Creek in Kanawha County on May 28, 1938. He led East Bank High School to a state basketball championship before going on to rewrite the record books at West Virginia University. As a sophomore, his Mountaineer team finished the regular season ranked first in the nation. In 1959, he took WVU to within two points of a national championship and was named Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Tournament. After his senior season, he won a gold medal in basketball at the 1960 Olympics.


The West Virginia Supreme Court has ruled documents by a former university researcher studying the effects of coal mining on public health don't have to be made public after a coal company sued to have them disclosed.

The Charleston Gazette reports Alpha Natural Resources sued to try forcing West Virginia University to release thousands of documents by former professor Michael Hendryx related to academic journal articles he published.

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
Richinstead / wikimedia Commons

For a second time, a West Virginia man is challenging the tobacco ban at state college campuses.

The Dominion Post reports that Dennis Cole filed a similar suit in 2013 and it was dismissed. His latest filing occurred this week in Monongalia County Circuit Court.

Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The West Virginia Department of Education is partnering with West Virginia University and the National Institute for Early Education Research to conduct a long term study on early childhood education in the state.

The study will follow a group of three and four-year-olds beginning in West Virginia’s pre-K system this fall through the next five years of their education, tracking their achievement along the way.


West Virginia University's new vice president for student affairs is trying to change the school's Greek life culture.

William Shafer told the school's Faculty Senate Monday the start of rush for Greek organizations will be pushed back from the third week of school to the sixth week. He also pushed for a policy in which students will not face university punishments if they seek help for themselves or friends who have consumed too much alcohol.

Glynis Board / WVPB

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee kicked off a 55-county tour this week with a visit to Mingo and Logan counties. He traveled with doctors and medical students from WVU who were making rounds to a clinic in Gilbert, and then split off to visit other areas of the counties as well. 


West Virginia University has appointed Maryanne Reed as interim dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

WVU said Friday that Reed will replace Rudy Almasy, who is retiring on June 30.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, 45 years ago a young student at West Virginia University took his black and white camera to demonstrations on campus after the shootings at Kent State.  Dan Ringer tells his compelling story for the first time.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Antiques Roadshow producer Marsha Bemko.  The episodes that were taped in Charleston last summer begin airing on Monday on PBS.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey appeared before Congress yesterday to say the EPA’s clean power plan is illegal.  And Jesse Wright has the story about how service dogs can help veterans dealing with PTSD.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

Woodburn Hall, West Virginia University
Richinstead / wikimedia Commons

The West Virginia University's Board of Governors approved a tuition increase Friday of nearly 10 percent for in-state students and 5 percent for those who live out of state.

Only the student representative on the board voted against the proposal.

West Virginia University

To recognize the anniversary of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, West Virginia University is holding a three-day tribute to pioneering African-American student athletes.


Brown v. Board was a watershed moment for civil rights in the U.S. The decision ruled that segregation in schools violated the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which protects citizens’ basic human rights.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  Poet Irene McKinney was born in Belington in Barbour County on April 20, 1939. She earned degrees from West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University and, in 1976, published her first book of poems, The Girl with the Stone in Her Lap. She served as director of creative writing at West Virginia Wesleyan and, in 1984, published another poetry collection entitled The Wasps and the Blue Hexagon.  The next year, she won a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other prestigious honors.