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Officials to Launch Higher Education Initiative in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are preparing to launch a program that aims to increase the number of students seeking higher education after high school. The Council on Postsecondary Education says in a statement that the statewide launch of Gear Up Kentucky is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Eastern Kentucky University. Initially, 12… Read More

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West Virginia College to Offer Certain Students Free Tuition

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) – Eligible West Virginia students could receive free tuition at Bluefield State College this fall. News outlets report the college announced Tuesday that over a dozen programs classified as “high-skilled, high-demand” would begin offering free tuition. Qualifying students can be incoming, current or transferring state residents that are Pell grant eligible and… Read More

Marijuana Testing Required for Free Community College in West Virginia

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ROANOKE, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia students participating in a new program for free tuition at public community colleges will have to pass a drug test that includes marijuana. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the board of the West Virginia Community and Technical College System listened to a presentation on Thursday from a consultant helping launch… Read More

West Virginia University Wins NASA Robotics Contest

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia University robotics team has won a NASA competition for the second time in three years. The college on Friday announced the team’s win in NASA’s Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. WVU’s Mountaineer Ice Driller Automated System III beat out other machines made by the Massachusetts Institute… Read More

83-Year-Old West Virginia Student is Commencement Speaker

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – An 83-year-old student of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will deliver the school’s commencement address this week. The university said in a news release that Sharon O’Neill of Parkersburg is the eldest community and technical college graduate since the West Virginia Community and Technical College System began in 2004. O’Neill will… Read More

Kent State Names School’s Provost as New President

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KENT, Ohio (AP) – A national search for a new president at Kent State University in Ohio has landed on campus with the selection of the school’s provost and executive vice president. The Record-Courier reports Kent State trustees on Monday announced the appointment of Todd Diacon to replace President Beverly Warren, who’s resigning July 1…. Read More

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Marshall University Student IDs Now on iPhone, Apple Watch

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Marshall University students can use their own electronic devices to access buildings on campus, pay for meals and other uses. Officials at the university in Huntington, West Virginia, announced the launch Tuesday of school-issued identification cards on iPhone and Apple Watch. Marshall says it’s the first school in West Virginia and… Read More

Kentucky University Cuts Ties To Its Confucius Institute

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) – Western Kentucky University is cutting ties to its Confucius Institute due to a new federal policy. News outlets report University President Tim Caboni made the announcement Monday in an email to faculty and staff. Caboni says defense spending legislation passed last year doesn’t allow institutions to host Confucius Institutes if… Read More

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West Virginia University Offering Voluntary Job Buyouts

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia University is offering buyouts to employees with at least 20 years of service as part of cost-cutting efforts. The voluntary program comes after the university last week announced a tuition and fee increase for the fall semester. According to the university, eligible faculty and staff would be offered a… Read More

West Virginia Private College Cutting Programs

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – A private West Virginia college in financial crisis says it is cutting more than half its programs next year. The Intelligencer reports Wheeling Jesuit University offered about 30 academic programs this year; next fall, it will offer only 11. Officials said sports programs will remain. The university said in a statement… Read More