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Chambers College retention efforts increase undergraduate enrollment as universities face declining applications

Despite regional and nationwide trends of declining numbers of students graduating from high school, enrollment at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University has increased.

Actually, undergraduate enrollment has increased every year since the business school went to a four-year format in 2011, allowing business students to be directly admitted as freshmen instead of after they have met specific criteria prior to their junior years. That format also benefitted students through earlier access to advisors and increased internship opportunities.

Student Profile: Frank Kerekes

This double-majoring sophomore in Management Information Systems and Hospitality and Tourism Management has found that his key to success is beginning early.

It is Frank Kerekes’ first year at WVU, but he has already achieved his studies in the Honors College, working at a financial institution as a branch office administrator and involvement with various clubs.

Student Profile: Trevor Kiess

Portrait of Trevor Kiess

How do you represent WVU in the fullest way possible? You become the Mountaineer mascot, as this graduate student in accounting has.

Student Profile: Maria Lombardi

It is difficult to find an underclassman that is more socially and academically engaged than Maria Lombardi. A sophomore double-major in entrepreneurship and innovation and finance, Maria is busy enough with her school work. Yet, she still finds time to be part of business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, a sorority member of Alpha Xi Delta, an SGA college representative, and more—and she holds positions in most of them.

Beloved accounting professor Robert Maust passes away Monday

Robert Maust, an accounting professor for 50 years at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, died on Monday in Richmond, Virginia, after battling a brain tumor for more than five years. He was 81.

portrait of Robert Maust

WVU business school opens enhanced center focused on academic success, communication skills and career preparedness

What if college business students could go to one place where they could get supplemental tutoring for intensive classes, help in writing and speaking skills that will bolster achievement, and assistance in getting ready for the job they want? At West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics, it’s already happening.

When business school students at WVU came back from their holiday break to the spring semester, they found a newly revamped facility called the Academic engagement and Success Center (the AeSC acronym is pronounced “ask”), a center that features the kinds of assistance they need to not only excel academically, but will also propel them into their careers. The most unique aspect of the center is that it operates primarily with students helping students.