New data ranks WVU Parkersburg highest in graduation and retention rates, lowest in tuition

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DSC_0144In new data released by the West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS), WVU Parkersburg boasts the highest completion and retention rates for two-year programs among the state’s nine public institutions. The college also has the second-highest unduplicated headcount and the lowest tuition and fees.

The 2013 data was released at the CTCS April 2014 board meeting as part of the annual reauthorization of two-year degree-granting institutions. Senate Bill 375, passed during the 2011 legislative session, delegated the responsibility and authority for establishing, monitoring and maintain quality standards of education at all two-year institutions that offer associate degrees, both public and private, to the CTCS.

Each institution is required to provide all information necessary to assess its performance and to determine whether it continues to meet the minimum standards for conferring degrees. The first annual submission of institutional was reviewed by a compliance review team in 2013. In April, the CTCS reauthorized all institutions for one year.

Of the nine public associate-degree-granting institutions, WVU Parkersburg had the highest retention rate at 67 percent. Eastern WVCTC had the second-highest retention rate at 64 percent while the remaining colleges came in at 50 percent or below. WVU Parkersburg also had the highest associate degree graduation rate at 35 percent with its peer institutions coming in at 27.5 percent or below.

Despite its high rankings in enrollment, retention and completion, WVU Parkersburg still maintains the lowest tuition and fee rates in the state.

“We have always prided ourselves in our ability to keep college affordable while providing high-quality programs and services,” said Dr. Rhonda Tracy, interim president for WVU Parkersburg. “While we are pleased with how we compare to other colleges, we continue working to improve our completion and retention and increase overall success for our students.”

WVU Parkersburg is a community and technical college that offers certificates, associate and bachelor degrees. The data presented for the reauthorization represents WVU Parkersburg’s two-year programs.

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