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

November 9, 2005

SCHEV to Co-Host November 11 Summit on Student Transfer
—Event at Mary Baldwin will Focus on Public Two-Year and Private Four-Year Institutions —

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is collaborating with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) to sponsor a transfer summit on November 11 at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.

The day-long meeting, entitled “Advancing Transfer in the Commonwealth,” is designed to provide academic and student support personnel with the opportunity to discuss ways to improve the process by which students transfer from community colleges to private institutions.

Representatives from private and community colleges are anticipated to attend the summit, which was conceived by members of SCHEV’s State Committee on Transfer (SCT) as a response to a 2005 SCHEV report indicating a significant shortfall in the number of spaces available for transfer students at Virginia’s public institutions. Discussion topics will focus on increasing students’ transfer opportunities to private colleges through such means as formulating articulation agreements, enhancing transfer counseling, providing increased financial assistance, and improving communication between public two-year and private four-year institutions.

“SCHEV’s co-sponsorship of the summit is a natural extension of the Council’s long-standing commitment to access and affordability in higher education,” says Daniel J. LaVista, SCHEV Executive Director. “We believe that Commonwealth students will greatly benefit from this opportunity for institutions to work together to overcome traditional hurdles to student transfer.”

The State Committee on Transfer (SCT), a SCHEV advisory committee, is responsible for making recommendations to SCHEV and the VCCS on transfer policies and procedures. The committee is comprised of an equal number of two- and four-year college representatives who interpret and implement the State Policy on Transfer. The SCT represents institutional perspectives and responds to concerns from various constituencies.

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.

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