University to host series of forums focused on higher education funding

HigherEducationForums_Nov2014_revFor the second consecutive year, Marshall University will host a series of forums designed for faculty, students and members of the community to discuss the future of higher education funding in West Virginia.

Forums will take place over a one-week span in mid-November at three of the university’s locations. The forums, which are sponsored by the office of President Stephen J. Kopp and the Marshall University Faculty Senate, will again be moderated by Beth Vorhees, news director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Each forum begins at 6 p.m. and will run as follows:

  • Thursday, Nov. 13, in the Drinko Library on the Huntington campus
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, on the South Charleston campus
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Mid-Ohio Valley Center in Point Pleasant

Legislators and representatives from the governor’s office as well as members of the Higher Education Policy Commission are invited to attend. Each of the forums, which are designed to give the public an opportunity to learn about budget cuts and their impact as well as to ask questions, is open to the public.

Higher education institutions have weathered more than 11 percent in cuts to their state budget appropriations since Fiscal Year 2013, and are anticipating further cuts for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond.