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Gee: WVU to lead ‘purposeful change’ for students, state

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WVU President Gordon Gee delivers the Spring 2018 State of the University address.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In a country where higher education is being devalued, even as the cost of an education skyrockets, West Virginia University remains committed to its purpose of transforming lives in the state and the world, President Gordon Gee said today (Feb. 27).

“Every day our faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors are putting the power of that purpose to work,” Gee said while delivering his 9th State of the University address in his second term at WVU.

Speaking at the Erickson Alumni Center, Gee said WVU will continue to lead purposeful change to help its students, West Virginia and the U.S. forward at a tumultuous time.

While the country seems to be losing faith in the value of higher education, Gee said earning a college education has never been more important. He said since the “great recession” began in 2007, employment advantage for college graduates has grown, and the trend will continue as the country shifts from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.

In Morgantown, WVU is improving students’ experiences through Living-Learning Communities, an approach to help build retention and bridge the gap between academic and non-academic life. Seven LLCs serve groups ranging from first-generation students to those pursuing engineering, creative arts or forensic sciences degrees, Gee said.

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