WVU-P ranks highest in graduation, lowest in tuition

PARKERSBURG – West Virginia University at Parkersburg has the highest completion and retention rates among two-year colleges in West Virginia, according to data from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.

The 2013 data was released at the agency’s April 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 maintaining quality standards of education at all two-year institutions that offer associate degrees, both public and private, to the technical college system.

The data also found when compared to the state’s eight other two-year institutions, WVU-P has the second-highest unduplicated headcount and the lowest tuition and fees.

“We have always prided ourselves in our ability to keep college affordable while providing high-quality programs and services,” said Rhonda Tracy, interim president for WVU-P. “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.”

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 technical college system reauthorized all institutions for one year.

Of the nine public associate-degree-granting institutions, WVU-P 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-P also had the highest associate degree graduation rate at 35 percent with its peer institutions coming in at 27.5 percent or below.