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NEWS RELEASE

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

September 13, 2005
SCHEV Announces Agenda for September 13 Meeting
—Council Will Take Action on Virginia Scorecard
and 2006-2008 Budget Priorities —

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2005 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Council’s Ninth Floor Main Conference Room of the James Monroe Building in Richmond, Virginia.

SCHEV committees will convene prior to the regular business meeting. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Ninth Floor Main Conference Room. The Resources Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room C on the First Floor of the James Monroe Building.

The Academic Affairs Committee will discuss their preliminary budget recommendations for the 2006-2008 biennium. In addition, the committee will take action on four proposals for new academic degree programs at two public four-year institutions and one public two-year institution. The committee will also take action on proposed regulations pertaining to the certification of private and out-of-state postsecondary schools and will report on factors impacting persistence and graduation.

The Resources Committee will take action on its systemic program budget recommendations for the 2006-2008 biennium. The committee also will discuss its 2006-2008 systemwide operating budget and capital outlay recommendations. In addition, Robert Lambeth, president of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), will discuss a proposal by Virginia’s private colleges to address enrollment growth throughout the Commonwealth.

During the regular business meeting, the Council will take action on the Virginia Scorecard, the mechanism created to measure the public higher education institutions’ response to the goals outlined in the Restructuring Act. The Council will also take action on its budget priorities for the 2006-2008 biennium.

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.