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SCHEV to Recommend that Virginia Reinvest in Higher Education

by Elizabeth Liverman | Dec 09, 2015

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2015

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will take action next week on recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly regarding the 2016-18 systemwide operating and capital outlay budgets. These recommendations will be guided by The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, which embodies Council’s perspective that Virginia has reached a critical juncture in its economic, demographic and educational trajectory, one that the Commonwealth should seize as a strategic opportunity to reinvest in its system of postsecondary education and training. 

SCHEV will convene its regular business meeting on Tuesday, October 27 at 9:00 a.m. in the agency’s main conference room on the ninth floor of the James Monroe Building at 101 North 14th Street in Richmond. Following remarks from Dr. Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia, Council members will receive an update on the six initiatives approved in September to spearhead implementation of
The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, the Commonwealth’s strategic plan for transforming lives, communities and the state through postsecondary education and training. 

Council will act on four items brought forward by its Academic Affairs Committee and its Resources and Planning Committee following their concurrent meetings on Monday, October 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the tenth floor and ninth floor conference rooms respectively. These action items will be staff recommendations on: (i) a proposal from Virginia Tech for a Master of Arts program in Data Analysis and Applied Statistics; (ii) the public and private nonprofit institutions’ FY2015-2022 enrollment projections and degree estimates; (iii) the 2016-18 systemwide operating budget; and (iv) the 2016-18 systemwide capital outlay budget. The Academic Affairs Committee will also receive a briefing from representatives of George Mason University on the institution’s plans for a school of public health.

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 by request.

For more information, contact Alan Edwards, Director of Policy Studies, at (804) 225-3189 or, or Lee Ann Rung, Director of Executive and Board Affairs, at (804) 225-2602 or

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