Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 11, 2013

WVa colleges focus on improving student retention

Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The chancellor of West Virginia’s community college system says nearly two-thirds of the system’s students are not ready for college level work and must take developmental courses.

Chancellor James Skidmore told a joint interim meeting of the West Virginia House and Senate Education Committees on Monday that students who are forced to take developmental courses “very seldom graduate.”

Some community colleges have started offering short two- to three-week summer courses. The goal is to get students up to college level by the time regular classes start in the fall.

Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul L. Hill told the committee that less than 40 percent of West Virginia students entering college will graduate within six years.