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

March 15, 2012

SCHEV to Present Research on
Adult Learners at March 20 Council Meeting

RICHMOND —The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, March 20, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm in the second floor Board Room of the David Student Union Building at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Recognizing that adult learners will play an integral role in helping Virginia reach Governor McDonnell’s goal of 100,000 new undergraduate degrees by 2025, Council members will hear research about expanding educational opportunities for working adults with some college credit. SCHEV commissioned Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development to conduct the study, which found that Virginia’s relatively high statewide educational attainment rate masks the significantly lower attainment rates of many of Virginia’s rural regions, economically distressed urban areas, and disparities among various demographic groups. The report provides recommendations to develop and improve resources for the members of Virginia’s adult working population who started college but never finished. The full study is available on the SCHEV website at

Additionally, the Council will take action on agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting on Monday, March 19, at 3:00 pm in the Board Room of CNU’s David Student Union Building. Among those items, committee members will consider a request from the University of Virginia to initiate a bachelor’s degree program in Public Policy and Leadership, effective Fall 2012. The Academic Affairs Committee will also take action on an application from GIT Services, which seeks 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

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