CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Except for those at West Virginia University, fewer than half of all in-state students who enrolled as freshmen in fall 2005 had earned four-year degrees six years later, according to the annual graduation rate report provided Monday to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.
The 2012 six-year graduation rate for in-state students ranged from 56 percent at WVU to 21 percent at West Virginia State University.
In between were Marshall, 44 percent; Shepherd, 43 percent; West Liberty, 41 percent; Concord, 38 percent; Fairmont State, 34 percent; Glenville State, 30 percent; Bluefield State, 25 percent; and WVU Tech, 24 percent.
Three colleges had graduation rates that met or exceeded their peer institutions: Fairmont State, Shepherd and West Liberty, state higher education Chancellor Paul Hill told the committee.
"In some cases, the standard isn't very high," said Senate Education Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne. "Exceeding your peers and only having a 38 percent graduation rate, or 41 percent, to me, that's still not acceptable."
Hill said the goal is to see at least a 6 percent overall increase in graduation rates.
Likewise, nearly 26 percent of in-state freshmen enrolling in state colleges in 2012 had to take one or more development courses in the fall semester, Rob Anderson, executive vice chancellor for administration, told the committee.