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NEWS RELEASE

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

January 5, 2012

SCHEV to Discuss Challenges and Opportunities of
Academic Research at January 9 Policy Briefing

RICHMOND — The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 cites robust academic research as vital to Virginia’s continued economic recovery and future success. That is one reason why the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) has chosen academic research as the focus of its policy briefing on Monday, January 9 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in SCHEV’s main conference room on the ninth floor of the James Monroe Building at 101 North 14th Street in Richmond, Virginia.

Council members will hear a presentation about recent developments in aligning Virginia’s research investments with Commonwealth priorities from Nancy Vorona and Robert Stolle of the Center for Innovative Technology. William Knocke, Associate Vice President for Research Programs for Virginia Tech, and Thomas Skalak, Vice President for Research at the University of Virginia, will discuss the role of research universities in accelerating innovation in Virginia.

On Tuesday, January 10, following an Executive Committee meeting at 8:30 am, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. After hearing remarks from Virginia State University President Keith Miller, Council members will discuss the Governor’s introduced budget and hear a preview of the 2012 General Assembly session.

Additionally, the Council will take action on agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting on Monday, January 9, at 2:30 pm in the SCHEV conference room. Committee members will consider requests from George Mason University to initiate a Master of Science in Health Informatics and from Virginia Commonwealth University to initiate a Ph.D. in Healthcare Policy and Research. The Academic Affairs Committee will also take action on applications from two private postsecondary institutions seeking certification to operate in 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 information on Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at http://www.schev.edu/council/AgendaBookIndex.asp.

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

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