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West Virginia’s higher education community arms students with career-ready technology skills

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Representatives of West Virginia’s higher education community today announced a new collaboration with Microsoft Corp. aimed at giving students high-tech skills that are essential for success in today’s economy. Through the Microsoft IT Academy, students at each public four- and two-year higher education institution in the state now will have access to […]


West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission launches ’15 to Finish’ initiative

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Representatives of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities gathered today in Charleston to launch the Higher Education Policy Commission’s statewide 15 to Finish* campaign, an initiative designed to encourage students to take 15 credit hours each semester and promote timely degree completion. “Enrolling in and completing at least 15 credits per […]


West Virginia awarded $21 million “GEAR UP” college-readiness grant

For immediate release: Monday, September 22, 2014 Contact: Jessica Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications Division of Student Affairs West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (304) 558-0655 (office) (304) 532-0911 (cell) jkennedy@hepc.wvnet.edu NEWS RELEASE West Virginia awarded $21 million “GEAR UP” college-readiness grant CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students in ten West Virginia counties will have extra help […]


Governor Tomblin declares statewide “College Application and Exploration Week”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated October 20 – 24 as “College Application and Exploration Week” in an effort to help students prepare for college. Schools across the state will participate by hosting a variety of hands-on activities including college application workshops, panel discussions with current college students and college scavenger hunts and […]


Statewide “College Day Tour” schedule announced

College planning events to be held September 9 through October 29 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Representatives from West Virginia’s colleges and universities will hit the road next month as part of West Virginia’s annual “College Day Tour.” During the tour, college admissions and planning counselors, along with military service representatives, will set up displays and host […]


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Students join forces to help others earn a college diploma

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – Nearly 40 students completed the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) Youth Summit held this week in Morgantown. The Youth Summit was part of West Virginia’s annual Student Success Summit, an event that brought together education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members to focus on collaborating to promote lifelong […]


Student Success Summit to focus on supporting students at every level

MORGANTOWN, W.VA. – More than 300 education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members will join forces next week to find ways to help students prepare for lifelong success. Education representatives ranging from pre-school teachers to college presidents to the students they serve will convene during the fourth annual Student Success Summit (Summit) […]


State higher education system announces Matt Turner to serve as new senior administrator

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council) today announced that Matt Turner will be the agencies’ new Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration, beginning August 1, 2014. In this role, Turner will support the Commission and Council, while serving students, […]


Summers County High School to celebrate college bound students during ‘College Decision Day’

HINTON, W.Va. – Summers County High School (SCHS) will recognize seniors who plan to enroll in some form of education or training beyond high school during the school’s first “College Decision Day” event to be held May 19. “College Decision Day is inspired by sports events, such as the NCAA national signing day and the […]


Governor Tomblin announces West Virginia’s four-year campuses, community technical colleges to help ease student credit transfer process

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council) have adopted a joint resolution, which paves the way for a more seamless process for students transferring credits from one public higher education institution to another. […]


Glenville State College gains national recognition, receives internationalization technology award

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) today applauded Glenville State College for being one of only three schools nationwide selected by The American Council on Education (ACE) and the State University of New York Collaborative Online International Learning (SUNY COIL) Center for the inaugural internationalization online learning award. The winning […]


State urges students to file the FAFSA now to be considered for state-level college financial aid programs

West Virginia Higher Education Grant application deadline is April 15 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and Community and Technical College System of West Virginia today urged students to file the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 in order to be considered for state-level grants to help pay for […]


‘GEAR UP’ students recognized during sixth annual Governor’s Honors Symposium

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recognized the academic achievements of more than 200 GEAR UP students at the sixth annual Governor’s Honors Symposium, held April 5 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. GEAR UP, which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a […]


Higher education community embarks upon five-year master plan

Charleston, W.Va. – More than 150 people from across each of West Virginia’s public four-year colleges and universities have converged in Charleston today for a two-day conference hosted by the Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and focused on the state’s new five-year master plan for higher education, Leading the Way: Access. Success. Impact. Representatives of […]


State higher education system awards grants to faculty in W.Va.

Five faculty members from West Virginia universities have been awarded mini-grants that will allow them the opportunity to better prepare larger research proposals. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research awarded Research Proposal Mini-Grants of $6,000 each to faculty at Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute […]


WVROCKS assists Fairmont State students in completing RBA degrees

Through the WVROCKS initiative launched by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, adult students at Fairmont State University have found greater success in completing a four-year degree. WVROCKS is an acronym for West Virginia’s Remote Online Collaborative Knowledge System, which offers Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) courses online from different institutions throughout the state. […]


Higher Education Policy Commission confirms Gordon Gee as WVU president

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, in a special meeting in Charleston today (March 10), confirmed the selection of E. Gordon Gee as the 24th president of West Virginia University. The Commission voted to approve the WVU Board of Governors’ March 3 action to amend its search process and select Gee […]

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Higher education community to unite for Higher Education Day at the Capitol

Charleston, W.Va. – Representatives of higher education institutions from across the state will come together this Friday, February 21, for Higher Education Day at the Legislature, an annual event held to recognize West Virginia’s colleges and universities and highlight the far-reaching postsecondary opportunities available across the state. Participating institutions include West Virginia’s public four-year and […]


Grant aimed at improving quality of online courses offered by West Virginia higher education institutions

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (WVCTCS) today announced that a $28,765 grant from the West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant Program will provide training opportunities for faculty members at higher education institutions across the state on how to improve online […]


College Goal Sunday event offers free assistance in applying for financial aid

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia students can get free help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other financial aid forms during West Virginia’s fifth annual College Goal Sunday event. College Goal Sunday financial aid workshops will be held February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 25 locations across the state. […]


WV Higher Education Policy Commission to recognize scientific research grants tomorrow at Culture Center

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research has announced winners of new scientific research grants. The recipients of these awards will be formally recognized on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 at a luncheon beginning at noon at the West Virginia Culture Center in conjunction with Undergraduate Research Day […]


West Virginia college access and completion project highlighted at White House event

Washington, D.C. – Paul Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission), and Adam Green, Senior Director of the Commission’s Student Success and P-20 Initiatives, today participated in an event hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama focused on new initiatives that will expand college opportunity. West Virginia’s text […]


Governor Tomblin declares statewide “College Application and Exploration Week”

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated this week as “College Application and Exploration Week” in an effort to help students prepare for college. Nearly 150 schools across the state will participate by hosting a variety of hands-on college planning activities including college application workshops, panel discussions with current college students, and college […]

Students in the West Virginia GEAR UP program attended a “College Prep Rally” hosted by Concord University as part of the fourth annual West Virginia College Application and Exploration Week event.

Governor Tomblin declares “GEAR UP for College Week” in recognition of West Virginia’s success with national college readiness program

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Tomblin has designated this week as “GEAR UP for College Week” to recognize the impact and achievements of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), a national grant program through the United States Department of Education that launched in West Virginia in 2008. Its mission is to help […]


2013 STaR Symposium to feature NY Times columnist and Nova Science Now Host, David Pogue

Charleston, WV, September 18, 2013 – David Pogue, science author, New York Times columnist and host of PBS’s Nova Science Now, will be the keynote presenter at the 5th Biennial Science, Technology & Research (STaR) Symposium, to take place Oct. 22-23 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, conference organizers announced today. Dr. Jan Taylor, […]