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

March 13, 2014

Council to Consider Programs New to Higher Education in Virginia

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, March 18, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm at Webb University Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Following remarks from ODU President John Broderick, the Council will hear a presentation regarding the textbook-free degree program at Tidewater Community College. The Council also will take action on agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting, which will be held on March 17 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Webb University Center.

George Mason University is proposing a Master of Arts degree program in Computer Game Design. If approved, the program will prepare graduate-level professionals to design games for both training purposes and entertainment. Employment opportunities include corporations, government agencies, educational entities, and the entertainment industry.

Longwood University is seeking program approval for a Master of Education program for Librarianship. This curriculum prepares graduates to teach and be administrators in what has become a highly technical world of information gathering and retrieval. According to Longwood’s program application, the attrition rate of school librarians coupled with changes in the field have created a strong need for the professionals this program will produce. Both the GMU and Longwood master’s degree programs under consideration Tuesday would be the first in the Commonwealth.

The Council also will receive an update on the statewide strategic plan for higher education.

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 higher education issues. Agenda materials for the Council meeting are available on the SCHEV website at

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