(03/13/2008)
Officials at West Virginia University-Parkersburg say changes contained in a bill approved by state lawmakers will be transparent for the school's students and community.

The bill, aggressively opposed by Wood County representatives, gives five community and technical colleges more autonomy.

The school's press release indicates the fuss about the change was much to do about nothing, and all is well with the future of the school.

WVU-P spokesperson Connie Dziagwa says the bill will provide the best of both worlds for the growing school of 4,000 students.

Still, the legislature has previously passed a number of laws affecting state institutions that have caused major problems for several of them.

The school will retain the capacity to add bachelor degree programs.

WVU-P is the fifth largest college in the state.


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