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WVU Governors Approve More Cuts To Academic Programs

A West Virginia University logo, known as the "Flying WV" can be seen on the facade of a building. The letters are lit up by sunlight.
The West Virginia University logo on a building.
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The West Virginia University (WVU) Board of Governors voted to discontinue five academic programs at its regular meeting Friday.

Chemistry, mathematics and aviation management will be cut from the offerings at the WVU Institute of Technology in Beckley, while majors in recreation, parks, and tourism resources and wood science and technology will be discontinued at Potomac State College in Keyser.

The preliminary recommendations for the programs at Beckley cited low enrollment as the primary motivations for the cuts. Low enrollment was also cited for cutting the programs at Keyser, as well as their discontinuation at the Morgantown campus.

The vote is the latest part of the university’s academic transformation. That process was accelerated by the announcement of a $45 million budget shortfall last year which resulted in the board cutting nearly 30 majors and hundreds of faculty positions at the Morgantown campus.

The board also approved Friday a budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year, including per-semester tuition and fee increases of more than $200 for resident students and $600 for non-resident students. It was noted that the projected budget shortfall has been closed and the university’s cash on hand has increased over the last year.