Online-Only American Public University Skews W.Va. Higher Education Enrollment Numbers

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An online-only private university headquartered in the Eastern Panhandle is skewing West Virginia's college enrollment numbers, a state higher education official said.

A recent report by the Southern Regional Education Board says the number of Hispanic students enrolled in West Virginia colleges rose by 4,759 between 2005 and 2010. Data from the state Higher Education Policy Commission shows the increase would have been much smaller if the American Public University System's enrollment figures were not included.

The report also shows West Virginia's increases in white, "other" and male students lead the region. The state is ranked third nationally in growth among numbers of black and female students.

"There's a real easy answer for this: APUS," Angie Bell, interim vice president of the Higher Education Policy Commission, told the Charleston Daily Mail.

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