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NEWS RELEASE

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

June 23, 2010

SCHEV Web Site Helps Adult Learners Complete Their Degree

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has created a new online resource to help Virginians with existing college credits complete their degree. The Adult Learner section of the SCHEV website (www.schev.edu/AdultEd/default.asp) provides links to detailed information about public and private institutions across the Commonwealth that offer flexible course scheduling or accelerated terms designed to help working adults earn their bachelor’s degree.

Visitors to the site can read program descriptions and view lists of schools that offer weekend, evening, or online classes. Users can also search for programs by region or high workforce demand, including business, engineering, information technology, nursing, and teaching.

"Our goal is to reach those older students who were enrolled in college at some point, but had to take time off from their academic pursuits for personal, financial, or professional reasons,” said Joseph DeFilippo, SCHEV’s Director of Academic Affairs and Planning. “Helping these non-traditional students re-enroll is particularly important in this economy since a college degree can lead to new personal growth opportunities, career advancement, or increased compensation.”

SCHEV developed the Adult Learner online resource to further support important higher education policy goals in the Commonwealth, such as increasing the total number of degrees granted and providing a better educated workforce, which could in turn lead to job creation, economic growth, and increased tax revenues for Virginia.

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 Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

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

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