State needs to reinvest more in higher education

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The list of needed renovations and repairs on West Virginia’s college campuses is growing and likely to get longer.

The state is simply not providing public four-year colleges with enough funding to maintain their aging campuses, according to a consultant’s report to the Higher Education Policy Commission late last week. The HEPC requested the study as it looks at how to manage and fund the state schools without just raising the costs for students and their parents.

With 12 schools in the state system, the investment in facilities has been substantial about $2.7 billion through last year and the schools spend about $132 million a year for operations and maintenance. But the study suggested another $50 million of annual spending to keep up…

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