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

March 17, 2011

SCHEV to Take Action on Program Proposals at March Meeting

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, March 22 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm in the first floor auditorium of the University of Virginia’s Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library in Charlottesville, Virginia. Following remarks by President Teresa Sullivan, the Council will hear an update on 2011 General Assembly actions, take action on items discussed in the Academic Affairs Committee, and consider Valley Forge Christian College, Woodbridge Campus’s application to participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant Program.

During the Academic Affairs Committee meeting on Monday, March 21 at 1:30 pm in the Byrd-Morris Seminar Rooms on the third floor of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library, members will consider three program proposals from two public universities: Virginia Commonwealth University’s request to initiate a Master of Product Innovation (M.P.I.) degree program, and George Mason University’s requests to initiate a Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Biomedical Sciences in partnership with Georgetown University and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in History of Decorative Arts in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute. The Committee’s recommendations regarding these program requests will be acted upon at the full Council meeting on Tuesday.

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.