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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 162 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. – .162

(By Delegates Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Barill, Campbell,

Fragale, Lawrence, Perry, Pethtel, Tomblin, Walker, Westfall,

Williams, Young, Pasdon, Ambler, Butler, Cooper, Espinosa,

Evans, Hamrick, Rowan and Sumner)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(April 11, 2013)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study regarding the administrative level of the state institutions of higher education in this state, and the impact that the degree of administrative overhead at the institutions has on the increasing cost of attending college in the state.

    Whereas, Since the mid-twentieth century the annual cost of attending college in West Virginia has risen dramatically; and

    Whereas, The cost of attending college in West Virginia increases every year, and at a rate that is grossly disproportionate to increases in state average household income, inflationary rate or economic growth rate; and

    Whereas, As the cost of attendance rises, students and their families are more frequently required to increase debt loads and reduce lifestyle standards in order to finance the cost of higher education; and

    Whereas, The increasing cost of higher education in West Virginia negatively impacts state budgets, student financial aid programs, family budgets, and the overall education attainment level of the state’s citizenry; and

    Whereas, The steadily rising cost of higher education in West Virginia, compared to the average ability to pay, inhibits many eager and capable students from pursing education beyond the high school level purely for financial reasons; and

    Whereas, One apparent and significant reason for the steady and disproportionate increase in the cost of a college education in the state is the consistent increase in administrative functions and positions across the higher education system; and

    Whereas, An examination is needed of the administration level of the state institutions of higher education in this state, including but not limited to administrative functions, duties, costs and expansion; and

    Whereas, An examination is needed regarding the impact that the degree of administrative overhead at the institutions has on the increasing cost of attending college in the state; and

    Whereas, It is in the best interest of the students in West Virginia, as well as the overall economic health and well-being of citizens and the general quality of life in the state, to examine these issue and explore solutions; and therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study regarding the administration level of the state institutions of higher education in this state, and the impact that the degree of administrative overhead at the institutions has on the increasing cost of attending college in the state; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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