NAACP Wants West Virginia State to Be Granted University Status

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS: NAACP WANTS WEST VIRGINIA STATE TO BE GRANTED UNIVERSITY STATUS

CHARLESTON, W. VA.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants historically Black West Virginia State College to become a university, which a leading legislator says is part of a logical next step to improving higher education.

"There is lots of merit to the idea," says Delegate John Doyle, D-Jefferson, chairman of the House Finance Committee's higher education subcommittee. "I believe that almost all the state colleges should be universities."

The annual state conference of the NAACP was held last month in Harpers Ferry.

"We are very, very concerned with the future of West Virginia State College," says James Tolbert, president of the state NAACP.

West Virginia State is the only 1891 land-grant school in the nation that is not a university, says Charles Byers, vice president for planning and advancement.

Any college can become a university by offering at least one post-baccalaureate program. Universities, particularly land-grant schools, are eligible for more research grants than colleges. …