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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

July 15, 2010

SCHEV to Consider Two New Degree Programs

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni House Leadership Hall on the campus of the College of William and Mary (W&M) in Williamsburg, Virginia. Following remarks from W&M President Taylor Reveley, the Council will have a preliminary discussion of potential budget amendments for the 2010-12 biennium and will hear an update on the higher education strategic plan.

The Council will take action on the full cost report, as well as requests from James Madison University to initiate a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program and Virginia Commonwealth University to initiate a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree program in Leadership.

As part of the Council’s consent agenda, two postsecondary institutions, Marshall Community and Technical College and Suffolk University, are seeking certification to operate in Virginia. Additionally, members will take action on proposed revisions to Council bylaws, as well as a report from the nominating committee regarding Council elections.

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 serves as a resource for Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. A complete list of agenda items and materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

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