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Measuring the Success of Higher Education

by Elizabeth Liverman | Dec 14, 2015

For Immediate Release: March 12, 2015

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, March 17, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm in Merten Hall at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Following remarks from GMU President Angel Cabrera, the Council will discuss potential statewide measures and targets created for the Statewide Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Virginia.

The strategic plan, unveiled at the end of 2014, includes four goals: provide affordable access for all; optimize student success for work and life; drive change and improvement through innovation and investment; and advance the economic and cultural prosperity of the Commonwealth and its regions.

“A great deal of work with stakeholders from across Virginia went into the creation of these goals,” said SCHEV Director Peter Blake. “But simply creating goals is not enough. There must be a way to measure progress toward those goals to make sure we remain on track.”

One of the draft measures builds on the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 which called for an increase in degree production in order to meet the Commonwealth’s workforce needs. It calls for 1.5 million total undergraduate awards by 2030. Another draft measure addresses economic prosperity and wages, calling for 80% of graduates to earn a sustainable wage three years after graduation. The complete list of draft measures can be requested by contacting SCHEV.

The Council also will take action on agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs and TJ21 Committee meetings, which will be held on March 16 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at Merten Hall.

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 contacting SCHEV.

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

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