Public and private schools in West Virginia have created an association to promote graduate education in the state.
The West Virginia Association of Graduate Schools' founding members are Marshall, West Virginia, Fairmont State, Mountain State and Shepherd universities, West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of Charleston.
Marshall graduate college dean Donna J. Spindel says in a news release that the association wants to raise awareness of graduate education's importance and potential in West Virginia.
The association says its mission is to ensure graduate education contributes to the state's economic growth and reputation through research and creative activity. Other goals include providing programs necessary to sustain high standards in K-12, community and higher education.
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