Message from the Provost
Welcome to West Virginia University! And to those faculty and students returning to campus: Welcome back!
The energy on campus this fall is tremendous, as nearly 5000 new Mountaineers commence the journey towards graduation. These new students join us from all over the country, from locations as close to home as Morgantown and as far-distant as California. Our international students come to us from India, China, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia . . . but no matter where you began, you are all now Mountaineers and we look forward to hearing great things from you in the years to come.
As you walk, drive, or PRT across campus, you’ll see the energy of our students reflected in a construction boom. We are renovating classrooms to make them more suited to technology-based learning, expanding laboratory spaces, and building new educational and research facilities: an art museum, new buildings for both Davis College and CPASS, and a new “Connector” building on the Evansdale campus that will house a variety of student services.
Those of you on campus for the Fall 2013 semester can also expect to be energized by working with and learning from our outstanding faculty. We are proud to employ award-winning researchers, including our four 2013 Benedum Scholars, whose research interests range from philosophy to geology. Our faculty members are also committed to service, both within the campus community and in the larger community. And of course, they are passionate teachers of both undergraduate and graduate students. Recently-honored educators on campus include professors in law, engineering, accounting, chemistry, and resource management. The diversity of the excellence on campus speaks to its universality: in every discipline, you’ll find truly exceptional teachers and researchers to guide your own path of study.
All members of the campus community—whether new or long-standing—should be aware of an extremely exciting and significant on-campus event approaching next spring. In April 2014, we will be welcoming an accreditation team from the Higher Learning Commission to campus for several days. These evaluators will be meeting with constituencies across campus and at all levels. Their job will be to affirm that the high standards to which we at WVU hold ourselves are indeed being universally maintained, such that the Higher Learning commission reaffirms our institution-wide accreditation. As we facilitate the formal preparations for the site visit now and in the coming academic year, I know that everyone involved in this site visit will do their part to facilitate the process. Thank you in advance!
Many of us are aware of the difficult economic climate, with budget cuts looming for institutions of higher learning and jobs scarce for even the most accomplished college graduates. In these circumstances, I am more convinced than ever of the value of what we do here at WVU. Dollars may be limited, but the passion for excellence that marks a Mountaineer is unlimited. With that in mind, I wish you all the very best in the coming months.
- Michele G. Wheatly, PhD
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs