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

September 16, 2010

SCHEV to Take Action on Military Reinstatement Guidelines and
Three Graduate Degree Proposals at September Meeting

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in SCHEV’s main conference room on the ninth floor of the James Monroe Building at 101 North 14th Street in Richmond, Virginia.

The Council will take action on proposed revisions to the Commonwealth’s Military Reinstatement Guidelines, which the Council last approved in 1991. Pursuant to the Code of Virginia §23-9.6:2, SCHEV is required to issue these guidelines for tuition relief, refunds, and reinstatement for students whose uniformed military service required their sudden withdrawal or prolonged absence from enrollment in Virginia public institutions of higher education. The updated guidelines mirror the federal guidance found in the Higher Education Opportunity Act.

“Council received input from both the military community and Virginia’s colleges and universities while updating these guidelines,” said Council Chair Susan Magill. “They acknowledge that the nature of military deployment has changed and extend the time in which students called to serve their country can return to continue their education at Virginia’s colleges and universities.”

The Council will also take action on Tuition Assistance Grant funding recommendations and George Mason University’s request to offer a new Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rehabilitation Science. As part of the Council’s consent agenda, two postsecondary institutions, Dental Discovery School and Standard Healthcare Services School of Nursing, are seeking certification to operate in Virginia. Additionally, George Mason University is requesting Council approval for a Master of Science degree program in Peace Operations, and Old Dominion University is seeking approval for Master of Arts degree program in Lifespan and Digital Communication. A complete list of agenda items and materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

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 serves as a resource for Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues.

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