Category Archives : Commentaries


College affordability is a necessity – let’s make it a priority

Commentary: Charleston Daily Mail By Dr. Paul Hill Nearly 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the first Higher Education Act, an unprecedented step that invested an increased level of federal dollars in colleges and universities and provided financial assistance for students pursuing higher education. The objective was to expand opportunities for students, […]


A promise that is paying off

Column: Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Like so many West Virginians, Crystin Povenski and her siblings were raised by parents who instilled in them the importance of hard work and the value of learning. She worked hard and, as a result of her good grades in high school and commitment to attending college in the Mountain […]


Leading the way with a bold plan for higher education

Commentary: Charleston Daily Mail Paul L. Hill, Chancellor Today at the State Capitol, colleges and universities from across West Virginia have come together to showcase the vast opportunities for a high-quality postsecondary education right here at home. From Shepherdstown to Huntington, Morgantown to Athens, and at multiple points in between, we have an array of […]


College Goal Sunday helps aspiring students

Editorial: Charleston Daily Mail JUST a generation or two ago in West Virginia, most folks didn’t need an education past high school to get a decent job and earn a good wage. Jobs in energy, chemicals and manufacturing were plentiful and paid well. Why spend the money and time to go to college for four […]


Texting program great way to reach students at critical time in education

Editorial: The Times West Virginian HYH? There’s a GR8 new program that helps students IRL as they prepare for college. If you’re having trouble deciphering that sentence, it’s probably because you haven’t grown up in an age when text messaging on cellphones is the primary form of communication. (And for those still scratching their heads, […]


Higher education leads to higher wages

Commentary: Charleston Daily Mail Adam S. Green, Ed.D. In a recent editorial, the Daily Mail argued against increasing the minimum wage. Editors noted that while it’s a tough marketplace for workers with little education or experience, the bigger question is how to expand access to jobs with higher earnings. Arguing whether the minimum wage should […]


Hitting “restart” for those who have stopped out

Commentary: Evolllution Paul L. Hill, Ph.D. For so many people who have some college credits but are no longer enrolled, the desire to walk across the stage to a degree is strong, but the prospect of returning to school is daunting. There are hosts of roadblocks, from finances to a lack of extra time and […]