West Virginia sets goal to increase degrees awarded

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia higher education officials want to increase the number of degrees awarded annually in the state to 40,000 by 2025.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System announced the "Double the Degrees" effort on Wednesday in a news release.

The agencies say several initiatives are underway to achieve their goal, including increasing college access and improving the student credit transfer process.

West Virginia's two-year and four-year public colleges and universities awarded more than 18,000 degrees in 2014, which was a record. Higher Education Policy Commission chancellor Paul Hill and Community and Technical College System chancellor Sarah Tucker say the state must build on this achievement to meet projected workforce and economic demands.

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