Higher Education Policy Commission approves new presidents at Marshall, Shepherd and West Liberty universities   Recently updated !

–New Commissioner Andrew Payne sworn in– Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission voted unanimously today to grant final approval of three presidential selections – Dr. Jerome Gilbert at Marshall University, Dr. Mary Hendrix at Shepherd University and Dr. Stephen Greiner at West Liberty University. “It is […]

Chancellors Hill & Tucker: Colleges pledge to help veterans succeed

As West Virginians honor those who have served and continue serving this Veterans Day, our state’s public colleges and universities have rallied together to create a stronger level of support for veterans and service members who are working to further their education. This year, the Higher Education Policy Commission and […]

Chancellor Hill: Marking 50 years of the Higher Education Act

On November 8, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Higher Education Act, unparalleled federal legislation that strengthened investments in public colleges and universities and provided dedicated support to students pursuing higher education. On that day 50 years ago, he said, “This will swing open a new door for […]

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W.Va. colleges and universities commit to increased support for student veterans

All public undergraduate institutions accept ‘5 Star Challenge’ CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities are pledging increased support for student veterans during events to be held this week through the State’s ‘5 Star Challenge’ initiative, which launched earlier this fall. The Challenge, which calls […]

Gazette editorial: A plan for college

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail Higher Education Chancellor Paul Hill shared some disturbing news in a meeting with Gazette-Mail editors last week: West Virginia has lost significant ground on the rate of high school graduates going on to college. As of five years ago, West Virginia had worked up to 61.5 […]

PROMISE Scholarship application opens Nov. 2

Charleston Gazette-Mail by Samuel Speciale Applications for West Virginia’s Promise Scholarship will be available starting Monday. The merit-based financial aid program, which covers up to $4,750 in tuition and fees, is awarded to eligible high school graduates. The application is available until March 1, the same day students must turn […]

Daily Mail editorial: College-going culture can help drive economy

From the Charleston Gazette-Mail.  The statistics are well-known: West Virginia has the fewest adults with bachelor’s degrees, the fewest number of adults working and the highest student loan default rate in the country. Combating those statistics is hard, but something Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill works to do every […]

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Higher ed leader wants to create college-going culture in WV

BY SAMUEL SPECIALE Fewer students are attending and completing college in West Virginia, a statistic that, along with budget cuts and increases in tuition, has state higher education officials concerned. With the state’s college-going and completion rates falling to 55 and 24 percent, respectively, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission […]

Chancellor Hill talks college and careers with seniors at St. Albans High School

Charleston, W.Va. – This week, Chancellor Paul Hill sat down with a group of seniors at St. Albans High School to discuss their goals for life after high school, why college is important for their futures, and how they can succeed in postsecondary education. “These students are engaged and excited […]


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1,300 eighth grade students ‘GEAR UP’ for college

West Liberty mascot wins ‘Mascot Mania’ contest CHARLESTON, W.Va. – More than 1,300 eighth graders attended the West Virginia ‘GEAR UP’ Student Leadership Academy held yesterday at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. ‘GEAR UP,’ which stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs,” is a federally funded college […]

Charleston Gazette-Mail: WV college attendance program continues with new funding

BY RYAN QUINN About 1,300 West Virginia eighth graders danced, laughed and cheered Wednesday in Charleston at the kickoff event for a program to get kids from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds into college or other post-high school training — and take others with them. Last year, the U.S. Department of […]

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MetroNews: More than 1,000 W.Va. eighth graders ‘GEAR UP’ for college

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 1,300 eighth grade students from 32 West Virginia schools were in Charleston Wednesday morning to participate in the state’s GEAR UP program at the Clay Center. The program teaches students, from pre-school to high school, how to take control of their futures by informing them about […]

1,300 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ student leadership academy in Charleston

For Planning Purposes: October 20, 2015 Contact: Jessica Kennedy, Director of Communications and Outreach Division of Student Affairs (304) 558-0655 – office • (304) 532-0911 – cell  1,300 students to attend ‘GEAR UP’ student leadership academy in Charleston When: Wednesday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. What: […]

Governor Tomblin Proclaims College Application and Exploration Week 2015

College Foundation of West Virginia hosting statewide ‘College Application and Exploration Week’

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) is coordinating college preparation help at more than 400 sites across the state, with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin officially designating this week as “College Application and Exploration Week.”  Participating schools will host a variety of college-planning activities including college application workshops, classroom lessons focused on college awareness and planning, […]

Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research to host Bill Nye the Science Guy in West Virginia

Charleston, W.Va. – Bill Nye the Science Guy will be the next featured scientist in the Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series lineup on November 19, organizers have announced. The series of events is organized by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research. Bill Nye has spent […]


2015 West Virginia GEAR UP Day Proclamation

Governor Tomblin declares ‘West Virginia GEAR UP Week’ in recognition of college readiness program

‘West Virginia GEAR UP’ helps thousands of students prepare for higher education programs and training CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has designated this week as “West Virginia GEAR UP Week” to recognize the impact and achievements of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) effort. […]

Hechinger Report: Can u fix education w/ txts?

Facing some of America’s biggest education challenges, Benjamin Castleman thinks small. In his new book, The 160-Character Solution: How Text Messaging and Other Behavioral Strategies can Improve Education, the University of Virginia education professor argues that the humble text message can boost student achievement, improve study habits and help students […]

Employers to meet with college students at Erma Byrd Higher Education Center’s inaugural Career Expo

Beaver, W.Va. – The Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, West Virginia’s first public postsecondary education collaborative, will host its inaugural Career Expo in partnership with Bluefield State College, Concord University, Marshall University and New River Community and Technical College on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. […]

Higher Education Policy Commission statement on WVU Board of Governors’ vote on WVU Tech

Charleston, W.Va. – Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, today released the following statement following approval by the West Virginia University Board of Governors to authorize action to move the WVU Institute of Technology to WVU Beckley by fall 2017. The Policy Commission has […]

Statewide ‘College Day Tour’ kicks off September 1

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Representatives from West Virginia’s colleges and universities will hit the road today 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 informational workshops in every region of the […]

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“5 Star Challenge” emphasizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to student veterans

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Education officials are stepping up their efforts to support the needs of West Virginia’s student veterans. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (WVCTCS) today announced the “5 Star Challenge,” a call to action for the state’s public […]

WTRF: Local students pass along importance of higher education

WTRF 7 News Sports Weather – Wheeling Steubenville   MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. –  A group of local students are ready to tackle the new school year and pass along the importance of higher education. Higher Education Readiness Officers (HEROs) is a relatively new program happening at some high schools in West […]

New study shows federal GEAR UP program steering more West Virginians to college

Charleston, W.Va. – According to information presented today to the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission, the federal GEAR UP program is achieving its mission in West Virginia. The 2014 High School Senior Opinions Survey revealed that GEAR UP, which helps students in high-need West Virginia counties prepare for higher education, […]