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NEWS RELEASE

Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
KirstenNelson@schev.edu
For Immediate Release

January 9, 2006

SCHEV Announces Agenda for January 10 Meeting
—Council will take action on Southside, Affordability, and Textbook Studies —

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council’s ninth floor Main Conference Room of the James Monroe Building in Richmond, Virginia.

SCHEV committees will convene prior to the regular business meeting. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the ninth floor Main Conference Room. The Resources Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Virginia Community College System Board Room on the fifteenth floor of the James Monroe Building. The Outreach Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the ninth floor Main Conference Room.

The Academic Affairs Committee will take action on three proposals for new academic degree programs at public four-year institutions. The committee will also hear an update on committee priorities and consider George Mason University’s request for preliminary approval of its plans for a Loudoun County campus.

During its regular business meeting, the Council will take action on a 2006 agency study entitled “Report on the Analysis of Education Demand in Southside Virginia and Recommendations for Action,” which assesses the postsecondary enrollment and programmatic needs of South Central Virginia. The Council will also take action on two additional reports: “Study on the Affordability of Virginia’s Public and Private Institutions” and “A Report on Textbook Purchasing Practices and Costs in the Commonwealth.”

SCHEV is the Commonwealth’s coordinating body for Virginia’s system of higher education. The agency provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at www.schev.edu.

For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Government Relations and Communications, at KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804)225-2627.