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While West Virginia University officials blamed state education trends for its drop in student retention and $45 million budget deficit, a budget policy expert pointed to a lack of state support for education during a faculty senate meeting Monday.
Now, as the University looks to improve its student recruitment and retention strategies, some faculty ask how WVU could still look desirable during a financial crisis where nearly half of its programs are under review for potential cuts or discontinuation.
“How [can we] advocate for the University when folks are, parents, families, students themselves are sort of asking us, ‘Why am I coming to WVU? What’s going on here?’ Especially with the narrative being predominantly negative,” Dan Totzkay, assistant professor of communication studies, said during the meeting Monday.
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