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News Release: Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education

Higher Education Policy Commission seeks advisory committee members to improve primary and rural healthcare education Applicants and nominations sought for positions on the Division of Health Sciences’ Advisory Committee CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Health Sciences is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to […]


News Release: West Virginia’s education leaders call for doubling the number of certificates or degrees for state residents

Officials say 60 percent of West Virginians need postsecondary credentials by 2030 MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s higher education leaders today set a goal to have 60 percent of the state’s workforce with a formal education credential beyond high school by the year 2030. That means nearly doubling the percentage […]


News Release: West Virginia educators to collaborate to improve educational outcomes during annual Student Success Summit

West Virginia educators to collaborate to improve educational outcomes during annual Student Success Summit MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 440 educators from all across the education continuum are expected to convene for two days of collaboration with the goal of improving educational outcomes in West Virginia. The eighth annual Student Success Summit, which is hosted […]


Rising high school juniors to “GEAR UP” for college during annual college prep academy

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – This Wednesday, more than 220 rising high school juniors are expected to arrive in Huntington, WV, to participate in a summer academy that gives students a taste of college life. The West Virginia “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” (GEAR UP) program will host its […]


Higher Education Policy Commission grants $360,000 in awards to support health care in rural and underserved areas of West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) today awarded a combined $360,000 to 17 health sciences students from across West Virginia to help pay for their education. The awards are part of the state’s Health Sciences Service Program, which was begun in 1995 by the West […]


Student leaders from campuses statewide to address higher education issues during annual Student Leadership Conference

Student leaders from campuses statewide to address higher education issues during annual Student Leadership Conference WESTON, W.Va. – Student leaders from the campuses of West Virginia’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities will convene next week at Jackson’s Mill to discuss issues facing higher education in West Virginia – […]


Higher Education Policy Commission adds four members to chancellor search committee

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission today named four additional members to the search committee for the state’s next higher education chancellor. Policy Commission Chairman Michael J. Farrell said the four new members broaden the now 17-member committee to include geographic representatives from the eastern, central […]


Statewide “College Decision Day” events to celebrate graduating high school seniors

Statewide “College Decision Day” events to celebrate graduating high school seniors CHARLESTON, W.Va. – High schools all across the state will be recognizing seniors who have chosen to pursue some form of education or training beyond high school. More than 50 schools have registered to participate in the College Foundation of […]


West Virginia public colleges and universities share ideas to increase enrollment

West Virginia public colleges and universities share ideas to increase enrollment CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Admissions and enrollment staff from across West Virginia joined together on Tuesday to learn how to encourage more West Virginians to sign up for classes this fall. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia […]


W.Va. public colleges, universities retaining and graduating more students over last five years, report says

South Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public colleges and universities are keeping more students in school after their freshman year and seeing them through to graduation, according to a five-year trend report presented today to members of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (the Commission). The annual Higher Education […]


State colleges and universities to receive more than $8.3 million for campus improvements, thanks to governor’s bond refinancing

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public colleges and universities soon will benefit from the infusion of more than $8 million for critical campus building improvements, thanks to a revenue bond refinancing made possible by the office of Gov. Jim Justice. Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher […]


National higher education experts join state leaders to launch college completion campaign

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia higher education leaders committed today to the state’s Momentum Pathways Project, a program that uses proven strategies to improve student success during the first year of college and sustain that momentum through to graduation. The group representing the state’s public higher education institutions met today […]


West Virginia high schools exceed halfway mark to statewide FAFSA completion goal

West Virginia High Schools exceed halfway mark to statewide FAFSA completion goal As of January 12, more than 32 percent of West Virginia high school seniors have filed a FAFSA CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) announced today that 32.5 percent of West Virginia high […]


WV MetroNews: Study shows text messaging counseling program working

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A new study shows the text messaging service offered to high school seniors through the College Foundation of West Virginia has improved retention at some of the state’s colleges and universities. The CFWV and West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission released the results of the study from a pair […]


West Virginia students earning higher GPAs, completing first year of college thanks to text messaging service

West Virginia students are earning higher grade point averages, successfully completing first year of college thanks to text messaging service Rural students benefit from college counseling via “Txt 4 Success” initiative CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Like many college juniors, Chelsea Goins is well-versed in juggling responsibilities. Not only is she a […]


West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission releases enrollment report, announces newly appointed members

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission releases enrollment report, announces newly appointed members CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) held its regularly scheduled Commission meeting. During the meeting, HEPC released the Fall 2017 Enrollment Report, which covers national enrollment trends as well as projections […]


West Virginia schools to celebrate statewide College Application and Exploration Week

West Virginia schools to celebrate statewide College Application and Exploration Week More than 350 schools registered to help students explore postsecondary options, careers CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Schools across the state will participate in the College Foundation of West Virginia’s (CFWV’s) College Application and Exploration Week initiative scheduled for November 6 […]


College Foundation of West Virginia sets new goal for completion of federal student aid application

College Foundation of West Virginia sets new goal for completion of federal student aid application CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, the College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) announced the statewide goal to have at least 63 percent of high school seniors file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by […]


FASFA sign on side of school bus

Higher Education Policy Commission and Kanawha County Schools awarded $50,000 for FAFSA completion efforts

Higher Education Policy Commission and Kanawha County Schools awarded $50,000 for FAFSA completion efforts CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) announced today that the agency has been awarded $50,000 from the National College Access Network (NCAN), a nonprofit organization focusing on ensuring equal access to higher […]


West Virginia Center for Nursing awards $422,000 in scholarships to help nursing students earn a degree

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Center for Nursing announced today that 224 students will receive funds totaling $422,000 as part of the Nursing Scholarship Program. The program, which is administered by the West Virginia Center for Nursing in conjunction with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC), helps […]


State higher ed official nationally recognized for service to student veterans

Higher Education Policy Commission staff member’s work ‘protects veterans’ education benefits’ CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s director of veterans’ programs has received the National Association of State Approving Agencies’ (NASAA’s) highest recognition for his efforts to promote veterans’ education opportunities. L.G. Corder, Esq., Director of […]


Herald-Dispatch: Editorial: Rise in student aid applications a good sign for WV

It is really one of the first steps toward going to college or community college. But in recent years, only about half of West Virginia high school seniors have made it that far. So, it is encouraging to see that by the end of June this year, almost two-thirds of […]


Higher education officials are urging college students to complete at least 15 credit hours per semester to stay on track for graduation.  

Higher Education Policy Commission urges students to take ’15 to Finish’

Campaign aims to increase college-completion rates, save students money CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  As colleges across the state kick off the fall semester, officials at the Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) are reminding students of the importance of earning at least 15 credit hours per semester to stay on track for […]


Higher Education Policy Commission recognizes Kanawha County high schools for college-going efforts

‘FAFSA Completion Challenge’ leads to more students applying for college financial aid CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State higher education officials are applauding the efforts of Kanawha County high schools for their part in a year-long “FAFSA Completion Challenge” campaign, a countywide effort to increase the number of 12th graders applying for […]