West Virginia’s five-year master plan for higher education sets forth a bold and renewed vision embraced by the Higher Education Policy Commission and public four-year colleges and universities - with the paramount goal of solidifying higher education as a means to success for West Virginians and an economic catalyst for the state.

Through a collaborative effort among the Commission and campuses, West Virginia is working to uphold a system that promises access to higher education for West Virginians, success through degree completion, and a lasting, positive impact on its economic future.


Goal for 2018: Increase access to postsecondary education for both traditional and non-traditional aged West Virginians.

• Increase overall enrollment and in important target populations

• Increase the percentage of West Virginia high school graduates continuing on to higher education

• Institutions will provide a plan for a comprehensive, collaborative access effort and report on the outcomes of this effort

• Institutions will provide their comprehensive financial aid plan that guides institution level financial aid allocation, administration, and outreach and report on the outcomes of this plan

More: Access White Paper



Goal for 2018: Increase the number of students at system institutions completing quality academic programs.

• Improve the outcomes of students requiring developmental education

• Increase the overall retention rate of students and in important target populations

• Increase the number of students making progress toward on-time completion

• Increase the overall four- and six-year graduation rates of students and in important target populations

• Institutions will provide brief summaries of academic program reviews and plans for assurance of student learning

• Institutions with graduate programs will provide a summary of institutional plans to improve student outcomes and report on these efforts

More: Success White Paper



Goal for 2018: Increase the impact public colleges and universities have on West Virginia through production of graduates ready to contribute to the workforce and the community, provision of needed services, and research and development activities that advance the state’s economy.

• Increase the number of degrees awarded annually at the undergraduate and graduate levels overall and in needed areas

• Institutions will address regional economic needs through developing and promoting pathways to the West Virginia workforce for students and recent graduates

• Institutions will provide a plan for how the institution and its students are engaging with external organizations to solve critical regional civic and/or social issues

• Decrease the federal student loan cohort default rate at system institutions

• Increase research and development activities which contribute to West Virginia’s economic growth

More: Impact White Paper

Related Media

News and commentary

Full document - Master Plan 2013-2018: Leading the Way: Access. Success. Impact.

Institutional Compact Reporting

Full document - Master Plan 2007-2012: Charting the Future

Progress in Meeting the Recommendations of Charting the Future

Resources from the Compact Planning Forum (March 31-April 1, 2014)


Compact Overview - Dr. Angie Bell

Compact Reporting Nuts and Bolts - Dr. Angie Bell

Connecting Across the Focal Areas

Preventing Student Loan Default Across Campus - Brian Weingart

Academic Competencies and the Degree Qualification Profile - Dr. Gayle Ormiston


Collaboration - Dr. Neal Holly

Fiscal Responsibility - Rob Anderson

Assessment for Beginners - Drs. Adam Green and Sarah Beasley


Improving College Access for All Students - Dr. Laura Perna

Scaling Up College-Going Outreach Efforts - Dr. Adam Green

Financial Aid Planning for Access, Success, Impact - Brian Weingart

Strategies for Improving Academic Readiness - Dr. Laura Perna


Game Changer Strategies for Increasing College Completion - Dr. Bruce Vandal

15 to Finish - Jessica Kennedy

Developmental Education Reform (WLU) - Dr. Brian Crawford

Developmental Education Reform (MU) - Dr. Corley Dennison

Promising Practices in Completion (WVU) - Drs. Elizabeth Dooley and Bernadette Jungblut

Promising Practices in Completion (SU) - Dr. Scott Beard

Doing What it Takes to Improve Retention and Graduation - Dr. Larry Abele


Aligning Civic Engagement and Economic Development - Dr. Amanda Wittman

Building Community Engaged Partnerships through Career Pathways - Mark Kenyon

Institution Initiatives in Health, Education and STEM Recruitment/Retention

Jennifer Plymale (MU)

Dr. Van Dempsey and Carol Tannous (FSU)

Dr. Robin Hensel (WVU)