West Virginia study group wants 2-year colleges involved

FILE -In this Tuesday June 28, 2016 file photo, Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice, gestures during an interview at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. Justice, billionaire owner of The Greenbrier resort and Democratic nominee for governor, closed his hotel for business and opened it as a free shelter after the June 23 floods that killed 23 people, including 15 in Greenbrier County. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A group reviewing West Virginia’s higher education system wants two-year community and technical colleges added to the study.
News outlets report the Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education voted Friday to draft a response to Gov. Jim Justice’s executive order that created the commission.
Commission co-chairman Gordon Gee, the president of West Virginia University, says he has no issues with including the two-year schools as part of the study. He says the governor’s office wants four-year institutions to be the initial priority.
Justice has said the goal is to help the higher education system run more efficiently. The governor wants the panel’s work to be completed by legislative interim meetings in December.