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Record Degree Completion Announced By SCHEV

by Elizabeth Liverman | Dec 14, 2015

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2015

In-state students at public and private non-profit institutions completed 54,288 undergraduate degrees in 2013-14, an all-time high, according to a report prepared for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The report will be part of the agenda of SCHEV’s January 12, 2015, meeting. The latest numbers keep the Commonwealth on track to meet the goal set by the 2011 Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 100,000 additional degrees from public institutions and a comparable number from private non-profit institutions by 2025. The report cautions, however, that the rate of growth has slowed.

Council also will hear from Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands regarding higher education issues that will figure prominently in the coming year. SCHEV has a tradition of welcoming the president of a college or university to speak at the beginning of its meetings and in 2013 the General Assembly codified this practice with language that reads: “The presidents shall present information and comment on issues of common interest.”

SCHEV will hold its regular business meeting on Monday, January 12, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in SCHEV’s main conference room on the 9th floor of the James Monroe Building at 101 N. 14th Street in Richmond. The Academic Affairs and TJ21 Committees will meet on the morning of Monday, January 12 in the same location. Complete agenda materials for the Council meeting and its subcommittees are available by request.

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.

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

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