The WV Higher Education Policy Commissions Proposed Student Focused Funding Model

The newly proposed Student Focused Funding Model for West Virginia Public Higher Education Institutions was unveiled at the March 23 meeting of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. This new model could be of tremendous benefit to Concord University.  If accepted, it would add nearly $2.2 million to the university’s operating budget for FY20.  This represents a 27% percent increase from the FY18 budget (a total of $10,473,761 in FY20, up from FY18’s base budget of $8,278,077). Please see the chart below for more information.

Concord Needs Your Help!

We encourage you to send a letter of support via email to the Office of the Chancellor at chancellor@wvhepc.edu  or click the appropriate link below to send a prefilled form letter. You can also add additional comments or suggestions to the Chancellor.

Note: The DEADLINE IS APRIL 27.

Thank you in advance for your consideration in sending comments to the HEPC Chancellor in support of fairness and equity in adjusting Concord’s state appropriations based on the new funding model.

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The legislatively mandated funding model sets benchmarks and uses a formula to assess the effectiveness of each state college and university. The model rewards those institutions that make good use of state taxpayer dollars to educate state residents. Colleges and universities that don’t meet those benchmarks will have their state funding reduced. That is accountability.

In addition to rewarding schools that educate West Virginia residents, the proposed funding model rewards institutions that help students finish their degrees on time and that provide training in high-demand fields (healthcare, education, and engineering).

Concord has historically been underfunded when compared to most of the other state institutions. The new funding model will almost entirely exclude funding for out of state students. Over 80% of Concord’s students are West Virginia residents. By bringing more equitable state assistance to Concord, the new funding model would greatly benefit our students, as well as recognize and reward Concord’s efforts to educate the next generation of West Virginians.

Send a message of support!

The following messages below are prefilled messages for your convenience. Feel free to edit text as needed.  You may also copy and paste the message content to your preferred e-mail application.  Make certain that you send your message to chancellor@wvhepc.edu.

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Alumni

To the Office of the Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:

Please allow me to express my support for the proposed Student Focused Funding Model for higher education that would benefit my alma mater, Concord University, by bringing a measure of fairness to the distribution of state funding to West Virginia colleges and universities. I believe that public institutions of higher learning in WV, like Concord University, should be rewarded for meeting the criteria established by the proposed funding model. The $2.2 million addition to the Concord budget provided by the new funding model would greatly benefit our current students and Alumni by helping to revitalize our campus and further extend our outreach to assist WV Students for many years to come. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the funding model.

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Community Member

To the Office of the Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:

As a friend of Concord University, please allow me to voice my support for the newly proposed Student Focused Funding Model that would benefit Concord by bringing fairness to the distribution of state funding to West Virginia colleges and universities. I believe that public institutions of higher learning in WV, like Concord University, should be rewarded for meeting the criteria established by the proposed funding model. The $2.2 million addition to the Concord budget provided by the new funding model would greatly benefit Concord students and the surrounding community by giving the institution the resources needed to continue its rich legacy of service to the region. It would also allow students greater ability to contribute to their local economy and in turn have a larger overall economic impact on our state. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the funding model.

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Faculty

To the Office of the Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:

Please allow me, as a Concord University faculty member, to express my support for the new higher education funding model that would benefit Concord by bringing fairness to the distribution of state funding to West Virginia colleges and universities. I believe that public institutions of higher learning in WV, like Concord University, should be rewarded for meeting the criteria established by the proposed funding model. The $2.2 million addition to the Concord budget provided by the new funding model would greatly benefit all in our University community and especially our faculty. Funding Concord at a fair and competitive rate would allow the University to invest in continued academic research and development of innovative programs to attract and retain quality Faculty, as well as help to prepare our graduates for a successful future in WV. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the funding model.

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Staff

To the Office of the Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:

Please allow me to express my support the new higher education funding model as a member of the Concord University staff. I believe that public institutions of higher learning in WV, like Concord University, should be rewarded for meeting the criteria established by the proposed funding model. The $2.2 million addition to the Concord budget provided by the new funding model would greatly benefit our entire campus. In light of the many years of appropriation decreases and budget cuts, WV higher education staff have lived in fear of losing their jobs. This model would help to secure staff positions and allow Concord to invest in services that help both our staff and our students succeed. The Classified Staff Council fundraises annually to assist children of staff members to attend Concord and we look forward to being able to continue that tradition. As the rising costs of living, transportation, textbooks and tuition and fees grow, WV students are all too often faced with critical decisions that time and again result in their inability to attend college. This new formula would help to increase access for those students seeking a degree who currently cannot meet the financial challenges of attending. Thank you for the opportunity to express my support for the funding model.

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Student

To the Office of the Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission:

As a Concord student, I support the new higher education funding model that would benefit Concord by bringing fairness to the distribution of state funding to West Virginia colleges and universities. I believe that public institutions of higher learning in WV, like Concord University, should be rewarded for meeting the criteria established by the proposed funding model. The $2.2 million addition to the Concord budget provided by the new funding model would greatly benefit students like me by funding Concord at a fair and competitive rate. This may decrease the need for further tuition increases in the future and ensure greater access for others like me to attend college. Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on the funding model.

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