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NEWS RELEASE

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

November 10, 2005

SCHEV to Partner in Hosting “What’s Next for
Virginia’s E-Learning Environment” Conference on November 15

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will join with Virginia Secretary of Education Peter Blake, the Virginia Community College System, the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, and others to host the “What’s Next for Virginia’s E-Learning Environment” conference on November 15.

The conference, which will take place at the Omni Hotel in Richmond, Virginia from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will feature a number of prominent experts in technology and electronic learning, including keynote speakers Sally Johnstone, executive director of the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, and Carol Twigg, president and CEO of the National Center for Academic Transformation. Council members Christine Milliken and Whittington Clement will serve on a panel to discuss the current legislative proposal for supporting e-learning in Virginia. In addition, Virginia Secretary of Education Peter Blake and SCHEV Executive Director Daniel LaVista will participate in a panel discussion on “What Do Virginians Need from E-Learning?”.

“The Council remains committed to advancing technology-enhanced learning as a means to providing the postsecondary experience to as many of the Commonwealth’s citizens as possible,” says Executive Director LaVista. “Such inventive and advanced delivery heightens access and affordability for all Virginians.”

A copy of the full conference agenda is available at www.schev.edu/ECVA.pdf.

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 KirstenNelson@schev.edu or (804)225-2627.