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Campaign to Finish Degrees On Time Comes to W.Va.


The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission kicked off an initiative in Charleston Tuesday meant to push college students across the state to finish their degrees on time.

The ‘15 to Finish’ campaign’s main goal is to encourage students to take 15 credit hours a semester in order to finish their 4-year-degrees in four years.

HEPC Chancellor Paul Hill said because students are considered full time at 12 hours a semester and receive financial aid at that level, there’s a culture on college campuses that that is enough.

Hill said in the end, taking fewer courses costs students more money over time and prevents them from starting their careers sooner so he hopes this initiative will change that attitude.

“The perception that 12 hours is enough, that’s not true,” Hill said Tuesday.

“Twelve hours will get you full time status, but status doesn’t get you to graduate in a timely manner. It takes you at least 15 hours to do so.”

Aside from the benefit for students, Hill said if the initiative, which originally started in Hawaii, is successful it will also help improve the state’s graduation rates and support the state’s workforce. 

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