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The Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education (POPE) unit of the Academic Affairs division of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is responsible for the certification of private and out-of-state postsecondary educational institutions operating in Virginia.  The POPE unit certifies and regulates 82 degree-granting institutions and 108 career-technical schools.  These private universities, colleges, career colleges and vocational schools provide educational instruction to approximately 52,000 citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia on a full-time or part-time basis annually.

Policy on Out-of-State Distance Education Policy on Out of State Distance Education

Guidance for Institutions Providing Instruction Through Distance Education. Institutional Guidance for Distance Learning

MissionStatement:

To provide the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia access to reliable and valuable alternative higher educational opportunities and vocational training options by ensuring legal operations, ethical practices and quality education in the private postsecondary sector.

Goals/Objectives:

POPE School Summit Materials

Private Institutions exempt from certification

Institutions certified to operate in Virginia

Closed Institutions

Closed Vocational Institutions

POPE Staff

Sylvia Rosa-Casanova
Director, Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education
sylviarosacasanova@schev.edu

Joseph Crook
Lead Certification Specialist
JosephCrook@schev.edu

Latasha Eley
Compliance Specialist
latashaeley@schev.edu

Sandra Freeman
Office Coordinator
sandrafreemen@schev.edu

Adriane James
Administrative Assistant
Adriane James

Monica Lewis
Fiscal Specialist
monicalewis@schev.edu

Tosha Robinson
Certification Specialist
tosharobinson@schev.edu

Charlotte (Carly) Shields
Compliance Specialist
charlotteshields@schev.edu

Josephine Wright
Compliance Specialist
josephinewright@schev.edu

Susan Yale
Compliance Specialist
susanyale@schev.edu