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New majors, medical breakthrough signal success for WVU

More than ever, the University is keenly focused on the modern land-grant priorities outlined in President Gordon Gee's recent State of the University address such as advancing the WVU R1 mission to deliver solutions to real-world problems and growing the academic medical center to improve people’s health.

With investments in student success, WVU retention, graduation rates climb

A dual focus on purpose and student success programming is helping fuel improved retention and graduation rates at West Virginia University. This year, the University is seeing its second highest freshman retention in history — 81.4% — along with its highest four-year graduation rate on record, reflecting a jump of 14% during the past eight years.

Gee outlines vision for WVU as the modern land-grant university

During his State of the University remarks at the Erickson Alumni Center on Monday (Oct. 23), West Virginia University President Gordon Gee said difficult but necessary decisions have put WVU in a position to invest and innovate, thus setting the University on a course to become the modern land-grant university of the future.

WVU announces recommendations for Academic Support Units

West Virginia University announced recommendations Wednesday (Sept. 20) aimed at creating a more focused and cost-efficient suite of academic support services to assist colleges and schools while better serving students’ needs. Separate from the recent Academic Program Portfolio Review, an evaluation of the 20 ASUs in the Provost’s Office began in May.

WVU Welcome Week launches new academic year with student-focused events

An event-packed Welcome Week at West Virginia University begins Thursday, Aug. 10, and continues into the start of the fall semester, Wednesday, Aug. 16, highlighting the many ways new and returning students can tap into their strengths, find their purpose and make a home on campus.

Gee Mail: Finding Strength in Change

Change, while it can be unsettling, is a necessary part of life’s expedition. In this video, WVU President Gordon Gee talks about the decisions that changed him from a Utah teen dreaming of a medical career to becoming a university president. He also discusses the role CliftonStrengths play in his leadership approach today and how he wishes he had these tools earlier in life.