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Samantha Richards (right), Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Patient Care Services, Berkeley and Jefferson Medical Centers speaking with a nurse at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg.
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Seventeen health science graduate students from across West Virginia are getting money to help pay for their education.

Why? Because the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has awarded some health sciences grad students a chunk of cash to help pay for their college education – so long as they commit to practicing medicine in a rural or underserved community in West Virginia following graduation.

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It’s been 10 years since The Erma Byrd Center opened in Raleigh County. State officials, students, faculty and community members gathered at the Center on Friday to celebrate the anniversary.

The Erma Byrd Center, was West Virginia’s first collaborative higher education campus. The Center offers classes and student services from Bluefield State College, Concord University and Marshall University.

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Members in the House of Delegates have approved their budget bill for fiscal year 2018 – bringing $140 million additional dollars in revenue and making $75 million in cuts to government agencies. The House’s budget is largely based on revenue brought in under a Senate bill that was drastically changed by the chamber’s finance committee.

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A bill aimed at giving the state’s two largest universities more control over their own affairs advanced in the House of Delegates Monday.

House Bill 2542 is a large bill, 33 pages in fact, with several provisions. But its main intent is to give the state’s higher education institutions more flexibility in hiring and salary rates.

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During both the 2015 and the 2016 state Legislative sessions, the House of Delegates pushed a bill that would make the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind eligible for funding from the West Virginia School Building Authority, or SBA. In 2015, it was vetoed by then-Governor Tomblin, and in 2016, it never made it out of the Senate’s Finance committee. Now, members in the House are trying once again this year, with House Bill 2123.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill this morning to administer the oath of office to Marshall University’s new President, Jerome Gilbert.

The ceremony was held on Marshall University’s campus Thursday. Gilbert was named the 37th President of Marshall last October.

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis reports from Huntington where students at the former ITT Tech are getting help completing their education after the school closed all of its campuses nationwide and Ashton Marra previews her latest political podcast Viewpoint with an interview with the Libertarian candidate for governor.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Officials for the commission that oversees West Virginia's four-year colleges have warned that, by at least one indicator of a school's financial strength, many appear to be weakening.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that staff members of the Higher Education Policy Commission said during a meeting Monday that several schools had less than two months of cash on hand at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.

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West Virginia University is recommending a new five-year contract for President Gordon Gee.

A news release says school’s board of governors made the recommendation Thursday, May 26. The deal next goes to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which has final approval authority.

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Higher education officials say enrollment is down at West Virginia's four-year and community colleges.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Chancellor Paul Hill told lawmakers Monday that has declined from its peak in 2011 as more people re-entered the work force. Officials said in their annual state of the Higher Education Report Card that full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment fell from 64,427 in 2011 to 61,042 in 2014.

The Higher Education Policy Commission says student enrollment at West Virginia's public four-year colleges is showing signs of stabilizing.

HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill says enrollment in the state's public colleges has declined in each of the past five years, but a smaller decline this fall could indicate efforts to boost enrollment are working.

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Rachel Swaby took the stage at the Walker Theater in Charleston as a part of the Higher Education Policy Commission's Division of Science and Research STEM Speaker Series. Swaby, a freelance journalist, published her first book in April titled "Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science- and the World."

"I think it’s easy to say, oh Marie Curie and just check that 'you’ve talked about a woman in science' box, but we should have a breadth of knowledge of many women who have done many amazing things,” Swaby said before her June talk. 


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The Higher Education Policy Commission met at Shepherd University Friday to discuss tuition increases and a new reverse transfer policy.