- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia higher education officials are promoting a campaign to get students through college on time.

As the campaign’s name suggests, the “15 to Finish” initiative encourages students to take 15 credit hours each semester. That puts a student seeking a four-year degree on track to finish his or her studies in four years.

Proponents of the campaign say research shows that taking a full course load each semester improves academic performance, reduces student loan debt and increases a student’s job prospects.

The policy has been promoted by the Higher Education Policy Commission. Representatives of the state’s public four-year colleges and universities were in Charleston Tuesday to launch the program.

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