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Glenville State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
200 High Street
Glenville, West Virginia 26351
(800) 924-2010
Email address
School Information
"Glenville State University, often referred to as the Lighthouse on the Hill, is West Virginia's only centrally located public college. Founded in 1872 to provide instruction and practice for common school teachers in the science of education, Glenville State College has surpassed its original mission, and currently prepares students for careers in teaching, business, land resources, music, the liberal arts, the sciences, criminal justice, and human services. With an enrollment of approximately 1,500 students, the college boasts an average class size of 15. The College's enrollment is made up of students from 24 states and 3 countries, and proudly includes many first generation and minority students" (Source: Glenville offers 17 degree programs. The college hosts a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1.
General Information
Glenville states that DEI is an institutional priority, especially in regards to recruitment and retention. In addition, the school has plans to implement student diversity training in orientation programs. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The university states that its "commitment to achieving a diverse student body is critical to enriching the experience of all students" and that "scholarship support for diversity assists GSC’s efforts to welcome more students from diverse backgrounds."
  • GSU's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan states that it would "increase the presence of the underserved and historically underrepresented among faculty, staff, and student populations."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Glenville states that the school has "plans for offering new student orientation online" which incorporates diversity training.
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs "aims to create a diverse community that welcomes people of different races..." and "strive[s] to reflect these differences in our decisions, curriculum, programs, and actions."
  • GSU's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan states that it would "celebrate the span of human diversity across national origins, religions, cultures, genders, and undeserved and historically underrepresented populations."
  • GSU's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan states that it would "establish a Diversity Officer, Diversity Center, and Diversity Equity Inclusion Committee."
  • GSU's 2021-2026 Strategic Plan states that it would "strengthen curriculum offerings that encompass diversity."
Symbolic Actions
  • On August 5, 2020, "Mr. Donnie Tucker addressed the Board regarding the importance of GSC implementing a diversity program that would consist of diversity, equity, and inclusion in an effort to assist with recruitment and retention."
  • On June 2, 2020, Glenville released a statement saying, "It deeply saddens me to watch the indifference to human life, to the values of a diverse and inclusive country, and to the constructs of civility and kindness that has flooded our lives over the past week. The death of George Floyd demonstrates how little we have learned throughout our historic struggles to be a country embracing inclusivity and valuing the rights of every human being."
Last updated October 26th, 2023
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