- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A legislative audit has concluded that the governing body overseeing West Virginia’s community and technical colleges lacks an adequate accountability system for schools that fail to meet state higher education goals.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1PI12MR ) that auditors found the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education has not fully implemented a state-mandated accountability system, thus hindering institutional progress and accurate assessment of each school.

John Sylvia, director of the state’s Performance Evaluation and Research Division, said the council isn’t taking forceful action when colleges fail to meet state goals. Those goals include meeting benchmarks for economic and workforce development, access and affordability and degree completion. The report specifically notes West Virginia’s educational attainment rate, which is one of the worst in the country.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.


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