ONLY 14% WV COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATE IN THREE YEARS – Retention Big Problem

 

Community college system approves master plan, tuition increases

By Ryan Quinn, Staff Writer for the Charleston Gazette

Only about 14 percent of full-time students who entered West Virginia community colleges for their first time in 2011 graduated within three years.

The Community and Technical College System, which oversees the state’s often-dubbed “two-year institutions,” wants to ensure the average such student graduates in three years.

That target is part of the CTCS master plan, which the system’s board approved at a meeting Thursday at New River Community and Technical College’s Beaver campus. The document, which sets goals for the next five academic years starting July 1, will now be submitted to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability for approval — hopefully in June, CTCS Chancellor Jim Skidmore said.

The system continues to struggle with retention and graduation rates, though Skidmore said the system focuses more on overall degree and certificate attainment, which has been increasing despite a seemingly contradictory drop in enrollment. Skidmore said he doesn’t have a firm explanation for that data …

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