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NEWS RELEASE

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

July 16, 2004

SCHEV Announces Agenda for July 20 Meeting
—Council to Hear Presentation from Governor Mark Warner on his Education for a Lifetime Initiative—

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 20 from 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The meeting will be held in the Council’s main conference room on the ninth floor of the James Monroe Building in Richmond, Virginia.

SCHEV committees will meet before the regular business session. The Academic Affairs Committee and the Resources Committee will meet in the James Monroe Building from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. The Academic Affairs Committee will meet in the ninth floor main conference room. The Resources Committee meeting will be held in conference room E on the first floor.

At the Council meeting, Governor Mark Warner will discuss his Education for a Lifetime Initiative, with special focus on the Senior Year Initiative. Council will hear a presentation from Josh Wyner of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on a recently announced grant program to expand college access in the Commonwealth. The Academic Affairs Committee will hear a report on the Reauthorization of the Federal Higher Education Act from David Baime, Vice President for Government Relations at the American Association of Community Colleges.

Additional agenda items to be considered include:
  • Emergency Regulations for the Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Schools in Virginia: The Council is expected to act on new emergency regulations governing the private and out-of-state postsecondary schools operating in Virginia. The Proprietary Schools Unit of the Virginia Department of Education has been transferred to SCHEV. The new regulations strengthen consumer protection, streamline the application process by eliminating unnecessary or duplicative materials, and clarify the fee structure.
  • New Degree Programs at Four Virginia Public Institutions: The Council will consider approval of new degree programs at - George Mason University, Ph.D. in Computational Social Science; James Madison University, BA/BS in Justice Studies; Virginia State University, A.S. in Nursing; and Tidewater Community College, AAS in Studio Arts.

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.