January 2017 

New performance-based assessment prepares WVU teacher candidates for successful careers

Teacher candidates at the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University are gaining a new measure of quality for their education and preparedness.  Beginning in the fall of 2017, most teacher candidates will be required to participate in a performance based assessment called edTPA. 

edTPA is the premier teacher candidate support and assessment program in the nation.  Led by the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), the assessment ensures that the incoming teacher workforce is prepared to meet the academic needs of all students.

Land-grant university expert and WVU faculty member to speak at University of New Hampshire 150th anniversary celebration

Research efforts of West Virginia University faculty member Dr. Nathan Sorber are being noticed.  The result of an invitation following a presentation given at a meeting of the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Sorber will be the keynote speaker for an event to celebrate the University of New Hampshire’s 150th.

Author, land-grant university expert, and director of the higher education administration program at the WVU College of Education and Human Services, Sorber will speak about the history and impact of land-grant universities and the key roles they should have moving forward. 

WVU CEHS Student Ambassadors take on new, innovative role

The student ambassador program at the West Virginia University College of Education and Human Services began in the fall of 2015.  An honorary program, each year six to twelve undergraduate and graduate students are selected to serve the college through participation in recruitment events, phone-a-thons, and alumni events, but they’re about to do even more. 

According to Kim Klaus, program director in the CEHS Office of Student Success, student ambassadors are the best representatives a college has for recruitment.  “Prospective students become more attached and engaged when they have the opportunity to connect with a current student,” said Klaus. It didn’t take me long to realize we could use a tool we already had working for us, our student ambassadors, for even more effective recruiting.”