Academic Transformation

WVU cuts 16 library jobs, bringing job loss to around 300 positions in budget crunch

BY: - December 8, 2023

West Virginia University’s library system will lose 16 employees amid a budget strain, bringing the job cuts this year to around 300 at the state’s largest university. The news, announced by WVU leaders on Friday evening, is the latest employment reduction as leaders look to make up for a $45 million budget shortfall. Hundreds of […]

WVU will lose 10 academic minors and English Language Learning Institute for international students

BY: - December 4, 2023

West Virginia University will lose 10 academic minors amid campus changes due to a budget crunch. The majority of the program loss involves foreign languages as the university’s Board of Governor voted to eliminate the World Languages Department.  The university will also dissolve its English Language Learning Institute, which helps international students learn English before […]

After hundreds of WVU job cuts, Gee eyes finish line on changes and boasts ‘strong’ finances

BY: - October 23, 2023

West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee addressed his campus on Monday, saying the sweeping changes across the university — including eliminating hundreds of jobs — have helped to close the multi-million dollar shortfall.  His speech, which is required under campus rules, came on the heels of a rare and overwhelming faculty vote of no […]

A glass building with a blue sign that says Mountainlair at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., sits above a stone retaining wall.

As WVU faculty learn whose jobs are cut, they say more will leave and jeopardize programs 

BY: - October 11, 2023

Christiaan Abildso has been in Morgantown for nearly 20 years, first as a graduate student studying public health, then working as a faculty member in the same department. He focused on promoting health and exercise — in a state that has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s least healthy. On Monday, he was […]

A glass building with a blue sign that says Mountainlair at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., sits above a stone retaining wall.

End to WVU job cuts ambiguous as administrators still need to cut millions of dollars

BY: - September 28, 2023

West Virginia University still has roughly $8 million to find in its campus budgets, and recent layoffs in the university’s Business and Economics college have raised concerns on campus about who else could be let go in an effort to find more savings. Janet Fraser was one eight associate professors in the Chambers College of […]

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Here are the WVU academic programs up for elimination this week

BY: - September 14, 2023

West Virginia University’s Board of Governors will vote on Friday whether to eliminate dozens of majors and jobs as the university is trying to make up for a $45 million budget shortfall.  The vote is expected to pass.  The university emphasized this week, in “An Open Letter to the People of West Virginia,” that they […]

Facing program cuts and layoffs, WVU faculty overwhelmingly pass ‘no confidence’ vote in Gee

BY: - September 6, 2023

West Virginia University faculty, facing a wave of layoffs as the university will lose academic programs, overwhelmingly passed a vote of no confidence in their university president.  The vote, held Wednesday on the Morgantown campus and online, was the culmination of months of faculty concerns about university leaders’ plan to cut dozens of academic majors […]