McDonnell Focuses On Education Reform
Governor McDonnell’s Commission on Higher-Education Reform meets today to talk about proposals for streamlining operations and producing an additional 100 thousand associate and bachelor’s degrees over the next 15 years. Charles Fishburne reports.
The Commission may well start with dropouts. Just yesterday, the American Institutes for Research said Virginia spent 178 million dollars over five years on some 35 thousand college students who dropped out after their freshman year.
Nationally, those costs exceed $9 billion, according to the report, which is intended to focus attention on institutional accountability at a time when the state and federal governments are seeking to increase the number of students who earn degrees.
An Institute spokesman says America is "not getting world-class results from our world-class expenditures."
Among Virginia's public four-year colleges, the University of Virginia had the highest first-year retention rate at 97 percent. UVA's College at Wise, however, had the lowest, at 65 percent.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News