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Projects & Initiatives

The Office of the Provost oversees and engages in a variety of efforts that support the University’s overall mission and vision.


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which guarantees the quality of the University as a whole. The Provost’s Office plays an integral role in WVU’s accreditation process. Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Assessment Louis Slimak serves as the institution’s accreditation liaison officer.

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Diversity Hiring Initiative

In February 2020, the Office of the Provost launched a pilot program designed to hire and retain underrepresented faculty at West Virginia University.  The Diversity Hiring Initiative, Developed by the Diversity Hire Task Force met their initial recruitment goals.

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Faculty and Leadership Development

In 2019, the Provost’s Office announced Melissa Latimer as the associate provost for faculty development and culture. This new position was created to ensure that WVU faculty have the adaptability and resiliency needed to ensure their individual career success and to prepare our students to be successful in a rapidly changing global economy.

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Honorary Degrees

Through conferral of honorary degrees, universities can recognize and celebrate the outstanding scholarly, creative or public service achievements of extraordinary individuals. Each fall, the University community is invited to nominate outstanding individuals for the Honorary Doctorate Degree at WVU. The Provost’s Office manages this effort.

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Long-Form Scholarship Celebration

Each spring, the Office of the Provost, in partnership with the WVU Libraries, WVU Humanities Center and the WVU Press, hosts an annual celebration of long-form scholarship and creative work produced by WVU faculty and staff.

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Research Week

In 2019, the Provost’s Office and Research Office launched the annual Research Week celebration across WVU campuses. The week-long celebration recognizes the high volume and caliber of WVU research through events and networking and engagement opportunities.

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Strategic Transformation

In 2018, the Provost’s Office engaged with nearly 1,000 faculty, administrators and selected staff members across WVU to identify the University’s key strengths and points of differentiation. Through a series of facilitated visioning sessions, members of the Strategic Transformation team produced a collection vision for future growth and a guide to the University’s strategic direction.

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Teaching MVP Awards

Launched in Spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Teaching MVP Awards honored student-nominated faculty and instructors who demonstrated significant creativity, support and compassion during this unprecedented time. 

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Women’s Leadership Initiative

The WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) empowers and engages women on campus, helping them achiever their full professional potential and form a community within which the participants can initiate valuable new relationships.

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Textbook Affordability

The Textbook Affordability Committee has created  guidelines that help make educational expenses more affordable for WVU students. 

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