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

January 4, 2008

SCHEV Hosts Experts for Discussion of College Costs

RICHMONDSCHEV will host a college cost and affordability policy discussion, which will kickoff the Council meeting on January 7, 2008.  This two-hour conversation with national and state policy experts promises to assist SCHEV in its affordability, access, and policy efforts. The session will begin at 3:00 p.m. in Conference Room B on the first floor of the James Monroe Building in Richmond.  

Panelists will be: Hans P. L’Orange, vice president for research and information resources at SHEEO (State Higher Education Executive Officers); Cheryl Blanco, executive director of the Pathways to College Network; and Barry Simmons, director of scholarships and financial aid at Virginia Tech. 

In individual 20-minute presentations, these experts will address such issues as: what drives college costs; what affordability is and how it can be measured; the roles of students, colleges, state, and federal government in keeping college affordable; model efforts by other states and organizations to control costs; and recommendations for change in Virginia. The second hour will consist of a frank and open Q&A session with the Council.

SCHEV’s regular business meeting will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the 9th floor conference room of the James Monroe Building. During the meeting, the Council is expected to take action on proposed revisions to the Council Bylaws and hear an update on 2008 pre-filed legislation impacting higher education. The Council will also hear remarks from Eddie N. Moore, President of Virginia State University. VSU was recently named the top public Historically Black College or University in the country among master’s-level institutions by U.S. News & World Report.

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

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