After scandal, WVU improves record-keeping
By The Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013, 6:12 p.m.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University has implemented record-keeping changes recommended by a consultant in connection with a 2007 degree scandal.

The changes include creating a registrar position to oversee records and record-keeping policies, and designating one person at each college, school and academic department to oversee that unit's record-keeping.

The university hired the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to review its record-keeping after revelations that WVU improperly awarded a retroactive master's degree to Heather Bresch, the daughter of former Gov. and now Sen. Joe Manchin, in October 2007.

“I think it was a very challenging set of recommendations to get in place, and I think they're in place and functioning well,” Senior Associate Provost Russ Dean told The Dominion Post.

The Office of Admissions and Records handled records until Steve Robinson, a WVU graduate, was hired as registrar in 2009.

Dean said the university probably did not pay enough attention to records after enrollment grew rapidly in the early 2000s, creating more work on the application side.



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