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Glenville State College Hosting WV Higher Education Policy Commision Public Forum

For Immediate Release:  9/26/11
For More Information:
Annette Barnette
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Glenville State College
Glenville, West Virginia
(304) 462-6391 
Glenville, WV –  Glenville State College is set to be the site of a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission public forum on Monday, October 3, 2011.  WVHEPC officials say the series of Regional Public Forums is aimed at assessing higher education’s progress in meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in Charting the Future 2007-2012: A Master Plan for West Virginia Higher Education.  The forums will be hosted and sponsored by various four-year public colleges and universities and held at the respective campuses.  The forums will provide an opportunity to receive feedback from community members, higher education officials, and policymakers regarding the current master plan and the development of a new master plan.
The GSC forum will highlight ‘College Costs and Affordability.’ The other forums will focus on other key areas of the WVHEPC master plan including economic growth, access, innovation, and learning and accountability.  The sessions will promote linkages with civic, community, and corporate partners.  Charting the Future has been implemented by the WVHEPC Commission and institutional staff since it was approved by the commission members in November 2007.  Through these key areas and over the course of the master planning cycle, the state’s four-year public colleges and universities have embraced and promoted public accountability and educational access for all West Virginians.
Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr said, “We appreciate the opportunity to host one of these very important events, and I invite local residents to attend and participate in the discussions.  We look forward to working with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and Chancellor Brian Noland on planning for the future of our state’s higher education system.”
Dr. Brian Noland, the Commission’s Chancellor, said, “These forums will provide an opportunity for the local community to engage in an open dialogue with the commission and its member institutions. The feedback received during these forums will provide a framework to guide the purpose and focus of the state’s higher education system in the months and years to come.”
Each forum will be followed by a Community Engagement Workshop aimed at encouraging community collaboration to address the issues of college access and student success.  The workshops will provide an overview of the commission’s statewide college access and student success initiatives and highlight opportunities for campuses to collaborate with the WVHEPC, the college access community, and their local community stakeholders to maximize the impact of these outreach efforts and build a grassroots infrastructure to support the educational attainment and success of West Virginia’s citizens.
Each of the regional public forums will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be followed by a community engagement workshop at 1:00 p.m.  The Glenville State College forum will take place on October 3rd in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Room 315A.  The September 28th forum focuses on ‘Innovation’ and will be held at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center.  West Liberty University will host the September 29th forum about ‘Economic Growth’ in the campus’ R. Emmett Boyle Conference Center.  The October 5th forum will be about ‘Access’ and is scheduled to take place at Bluefield State College’s Katharine B. Tierney Conference Center.  The final forum regarding ‘Learning and Accountability’ is scheduled on October 14th at Shepherd University’s Erma Ora Byrd Hall. 
For information about Charting the Future 2007-2012: A Master Plan for West Virginia Higher Education, please visit  For more information about the Glenville State College public forum, call (304) 462-4110.

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