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NEWS RELEASE

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

July 18, 2005

SCHEV Announces Agenda for July 19 Meeting
—Council Will Discuss Institutional Enrollment Targets and Demand Projections —

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Alumni Room on the first floor of the Student Center at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

SCHEV committees will meet prior to the regular business meeting. The Academic Affairs Committee and the Resources Committee will hold a joint meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Alumni Room on the first floor of the Student Center to hear an update on the Higher Education Restructuring Act. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Alumni Room on the first floor of the Student Center. The Resources Committee will meet at 10:30 a.m. in Room 214 on the second floor of the Student Center.

The Academic Affairs Committee will take action on a total of six proposals from five public institutions for new academic degree programs. The Academic Affairs Committee will also review a profile of private institutions certified to operate in Virginia, including a presentation on accreditation by Dr. Judith Watkins, Vice President for Accreditation Services for the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). Additionally, the Academic Affairs Committee will take action on establishing the Career College Advisory Board (CCAB).

The Resources Committee will take action on the 2005-06 Full Cost Report and will also discuss budget and legislative initiatives for the 2006-08 Biennium.

During the regular business meeting, the Council will review the revised institutional enrollment targets and demand projections and take action on the institutional enrollment targets. The draft report, entitled “Revised Enrollment Demand and Service Projections through 2012,” provides a forecast of student demand in the public sector and the four-year nonprofit sector with accompanying enrollment targets from the public four-year institutions and Richard Bland College. The draft report, which is embargoed until July 19, 2005 at 2:00 p.m., will be made available on the Web at http://research.schev.edu/enrollment/projections.

The Council will also hear an update on recent staff activities surrounding the Southside university needs assessment.

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.