Meanwhile, the most recent High School Readiness Report from the state Higher Education Policy Commission found that high school GPA is another good predictor of success or failure in college.
Looking at the entering freshmen class for fall 2011, it found that about 91 percent of freshmen who had high school GPAs of 3.0 or higher returned for the spring semester, compared to 73.6 percent of freshmen who had high school GPAs of 2.9 or lower.
Average fall semester college GPA for the 3.0-plus group was 2.79; for the 2.9 and below cohort, it was a not very promising 1.59 GPA.
The percentage of incoming in-state freshmen with high school GPAs of 2.9 or below ranged from 14 percent at West Virginia University to 39.5 percent at Glenville State.
Based on that report, by state standards, there is one more-selective school (15 percent or fewer at 2.9 or below): WVU; three selective schools (20-24 percent at 2.9 or lower): Marshall, Shepherd and West Liberty; two less-selective schools (25-29 percent 2.9 or lower): Concord and Fairmont State; and four non-selective schools (30 percent or more 2.9 or lower): Bluefield State, Glenville State, West Virginia State and WVU Tech.
(I point that out after getting some negative feedback from Concord grads that objected to the description of their alma mater last week as a middle-tier state institution.)
Finally, GOP operative and field director for West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Roman Stauffer<P> probably won't be lobbying for MADD anytime soon.
Last weekend, he got pulled by Charleston PD after running a stop sign on Hale Street at 2 a.m., and was cited for aggravated DUI after blowing a 0.18.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.