MONTGOMERY, W.Va. — A committee charged with reviving West Virginia University Institute of Technology is considering new programs for high school teachers and a possible new major in adventure sports.
The Montgomery school has suffered a 50 percent decline in enrollment over the past decade. A report to legislators found that leaves Tech continually starved for operating funds.
Transitional executive leader Carolyn Long says Tech is now considering programs to accredit public school teachers in math and science.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (http://bit.ly/IJfZgP) says there's also discussion of an adventure sports major that could include activities such as zip lining and whitewater rafting.
But Long says the school also needs to consider shrinking its faculty through attrition. Professors' salaries and benefits account for nearly $19 million of Tech's $21 million budget.