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

May 3, 2012

Virginia’s Colleges Respond to Call for Innovation

RICHMOND —The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 calls on the Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education to create or enhance programs that lead to more college graduates, greater employability, and a strong economy for the future of all Virginians. In the spirit of this groundbreaking legislation, SCHEV unveiled a web page in January to highlight the innovative programs underway at Virginia’s colleges and universities aimed at achieving these goals.

Today SCHEV presents the second edition of “Innovation in Higher Education”
( which includes submissions from ten schools across the Commonwealth. The page links to programs such as the College of William and Mary’s Creative Adaptation Fund and Radford University’s Games, Animation, Modeling, and Simulation Lab.

The private institutions of higher education also are represented on the “Innovation in Higher Education” site. Shenandoah University’s Integrated Mobile Technology program is one example. Incoming students receive a MacBook Pro laptop and select either an iPhone, iPad3G, or iPod touch. These mobile tools integrate with the university’s academic resources and library databases as well as the Internet, enabling students to communicate with faculty, staff, and classmates and providing 24/7 access to class content and online resources.

“The talent, resources, and creativity at Virginia’s institutions of higher education provide fertile ground for innovative programs such as the ones SCHEV highlights with this webpage,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “It is an honor to showcase these innovations so they can be widely recognized.”

SCHEV provides policy guidance and budget recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly, and is a resource for information on higher education issues. For more information, contact Kirsten Nelson, Director of Communications and Government Relations at  or (804) 225-2627.