By CHARLIE BOOTHE
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The viability of continuing two separate four-year higher education institutions in Mercer County has been questioned by a report from a national consulting group.
According to an article in WVNews, which obtained a copy of the report, the consultant found that “for the institutions at highest risk, Bluefield State College and Concord University, the challenges are so serious that only a major restructuring will preserve postsecondary education opportunity for students in Southern West Virginia.”
WVNews also reported that the consultant, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), was commissioned by the state Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) to compile the report after a directive from Gov. Jim Justice related to strengthening the state’s colleges and universities.
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