College

Jessica Lilly

In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

Woodburn Hall
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West Virginia University's governing board has responded to a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a student who died following a hazing for a fraternity that had its charter revoked.

Infographic - Are W.Va. Public Colleges a Good Value?

Nov 18, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard, every public college and university in West Virginia costs less to attend than the national average of $17,500. 

However, only 4 schools meet or exceed the national earning power after attending.  Shepherd University, West Virginia University, and two WVU-affiliated schools, (Potomac State College and WVU Institute of Technology) exceed the average national salary of $36,000; salary information was unreported for several state schools.  

Jessica Lilly

In this week’s Inside Appalachia, we take a look at first generation college students.  We’ll hear about challenges that first generation college students are going through, and how some colleges and universities are trying to help these students stay in school.

McDowell County Board of Education

A project that mentors high school students in McDowell County is seeing success.

Eighteen students from Mount View High in Welch and River View High in Bradshaw were chosen a year ago to participate.

Nearly all of them took their first plane trip last summer to Washington, D.C., where they visited college campuses, job sites and met members of Congress. Each student was assigned a mentor to regularly discuss school, life issues and choices.

“Adult learners are juggling family, work and educational responsibilities. They don’t do optional.”

West Virginia's Text Messaging Support Project, launched this month by the state's Higher Education Policy Commission, provides a pilot group of high school seniors personalized college counseling by text message.
 

The initiative to increase the college-going rates of high school students was highlighted at a White House conference Thursday hosted by the President and First Lady.

Many in-state students at West Virginia's public higher education institutions don't earn a degree after six years.
 
     An annual graduation report shows fewer than half of in-state freshmen enrolled in fall 2005 earned their degrees six years later.
 
     West Virginia University was the exception. The university's 2012 six-year graduation rate was 56 percent.
 
     Marshall University's six-year graduation rate was 44 percent, followed by Shepherd University, 43 percent; and West Liberty University, 41 percent.