ERIC Number: ED498237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
West Virginia Higher Education Report Card, 2002. A Policy Commission Report
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
This report presents information for parents, students, staff, policymakers, and the general public on the quality and performance of public higher education in West Virginia. Chapters display numerous indicators addressing various aspects of higher education: preparation; participation; affordability; workforce development and education outcomes. The report opens with statistics indicating that 35% of the 2001-2002 ACT test takers in West Virginia were found to have taken the minimum college preparatory courses in high school, a 10% decrease from 1997-1998, and considerably lower than the national average of 58%, indicating that a large percentage of West Virginia high school graduates enter college not fully prepared. These students must take developmental math or English before taking regular college courses. Developmental course do not count toward graduation, and students who begin college needing remedial coursework have lower retention and graduation rates than better prepared students. Reports do demonstrate that the percentage of West Virginia high school graduates immediately attending college is on the rise and close to the national average; however, there is considerable variation across counties in college attendance. Annual tuition and fees are compared to the averages for national public two-year and four-year institution, and also to the schools used for purposes of comparative funding. Noting that research is linked to both graduate education outcomes and economic development within the state, it is noted that continued increases in research funding should be targeted for the future. The appendix includes: (1) Percent of ACT Test Takers Taking College Preparatory Courses in High School; (2) ACT Composite Scores; (3) ACT Scores by Subject Area; (4) Resident Graduates Working or in College in West Virginia after Graduation; and (5) Average Earnings of Resident Graduates Working in West Virginia.
Descriptors: High Schools, College Attendance, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Graduate Study, Economic Development, Counties, High School Graduates, Public Colleges, Higher Education, Tuition, Enrollment, Private Education, Undergraduate Students, Community Colleges, Core Curriculum, Scholarships, Technical Institutes
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. 1018 Kanawha Boulevard East Suite 700, Charleston, WV 25301-2800. Tel: 304-558-2101; Fax: 304-558-5719; Web site: http://www.hepc.wvnet.edu
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia