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Published:December 5th, 2006 07:20 EST
Growth and Expansion at West Virginia University

Growth and Expansion at West Virginia University

By Stacey Smith

Current West Virginia University students and Alumni will see many changes taking place on campus over the next five years.

These changes were introduced to the WVU Faculty Senate on Monday, Nov.13, by Provost Gerald Lang as he filled in for President Hardesty. Provost Lang introduced the WVU 2010 Plan, a vision for WVU’s future.

The 2010 Plan is working in conjunction with the New Campus Master Plan, a 10-year plan that is due this year. The 2010 Plan was designed by WVU’s Strategic Planning and Assessment Committee and was accepted by the Board of Governors in Sept. 2005.

The New Campus Master Plan, which was revealed to the Board of Governors on Nov.10, will work to implement the goals of the 2010 Plan. The Master Plan will use $188 million to redesign multiple campus building and construct new facilities.

The 2010 Plan’s goals include attracting and graduating high-quality students, recruiting and retaining high-quality faculty, enhancing the educational environment for student learning, promoting the discovery and exchange of new ideas, and improving W.Va.’s health, economy and quality of life.

The Master Plan will implement these goals through projects such as a new residential complex on the downtown campus for Honor students similar to the current Lincoln Hall on Evansdale. 

The Plan calls for renovations to Dadisman Hall and White Hall. Stalnaker Hall may be completely demolished or reconstructed to become a one-stop shop for student services.

Additions to the College of Business and Economics and other upgrades to preexisting downtown classrooms will be apart of the plan.

On the Evansdale campus, new buildings will include a Student Health Center, Physical Education Building, and Nursery School.

There will also be modernizations to the Agricultural Sciences Building and Law Center. 

The multiple small dining facilities located on Evansdale may also be exchanged for one large dining facility. Recreation fields and a new parking lot will also be constructed.

The Erickson Alumni Center will become an art museum after the construction of the new Alumni Center.

Upgrades to the Personal Rapid Transportation System are also mentioned in the Master Plan. One major goal of the 2010 Plan is to pursue University enrollment. As of 2006, enrollment at WVU campuses has reached record enrollment with an approximated 28,600 students enrolled in the University. 

On Morgantown’s campus, there has been a 4 percent growth rate this year and a 16 percent growth rate at Potomac State.

This Plan calls for as many as 30,000 students to be enrolled at WVU by 2010.

With an increase in population, the University will need the upgrades and reconstruction that the Master Plan calls for. Since 1996, about $700 million has been spent on new facilities at WVU. About $25 million will go into the redevelopment of Evansdale campus.

The $188 million for this project has been collected from bonds, private donations and student user fees.