Make WVU-Marshall Partnership Count

West Virginia and Marshall universities are rivals in some ways, especially in athletics. But the presidents of both institutions are vowing that cooperation, not competition, will rule their relationship.

WVU?President E. Gordon Gee and Marshall President Stephen Kopp made the pledge this week. Their partnership will focus on improving higher education and finding new opportunities for West Virginians, they emphasized.

And both noted their cooperation will be apparent in the state Legislature.

Good. An excellent place for them to start – perhaps working with other, smaller institutions – is in tackling the tough issue of high school graduates not prepared for college-level work. Finding a solution to that will require a partnership with public schools, too.

Ensuring the vast majority of freshmen are ready for college would be a giant stride forward for West Virgina.?WVU and Marshall should tackle it.