(01/19/2010)
The legislative auditor's Performance Evaluation and Research Division produced an eye-opening report that says West Virginia has too many four-year colleges.

- West Virginia has more institutions per-capita than any other state.

- West Virginia has one of the lowest graduation rates in the USA.

- West Virginia has the lowest percentage of adults with bachelor's degrees in the USA.

While the report includes Glenville State College on a short-list for closure, with three other colleges, Charleston Gazette columnist, Phil Kabler, says that is not likely to happen.

"While logic might dictate consolidating some institutions and closing others, there's not a chance the Legislature will touch it until the economics of trying to support 11 four-year colleges becomes unsustainable," Kabler wrote.

Kabler said following the presentation of the audit to members of the legislature, "nary a one raised a single question about the findings."

"No matter how rational and cost-effective, no legislators are ever going to endorse closing or consolidating a college in their district," he concluded.

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