State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

HOME |  Calendar |  Careers |  Directory |  Intranet |  Webmail   

News Releases

Virginia’s colleges join forces to find efficiencies through collaboration and cooperation

by User Not Found | Oct 17, 2017
Contact: Greg Weatherford, (804) 786-2323 (o), (804)317-3879 (m)

October 17, 2017
For immediate release

More than 300 representatives of Virginia colleges and universities are joining forces to share ideas about improving efficiency and reducing expenses.
The October 19 Partnering for Progress conference will bring together administrators and leaders from two dozen colleges, universities, state agencies, nonprofits and business associations. Participants will learn successful examples of innovations, efficiencies and collaborations through “flash talks” and poster presentations.

The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, the state’s strategic plan, connects the efficient operation of the state’s colleges and universities to helping reduce cost increases to students, families and the Commonwealth.

“The Partnering for Progress conference gives Virginia’s higher-education experts a chance to learn from each other about ways they can work cooperatively to increase efficiencies while keeping education at the high level of quality for which the Commonwealth is known,” said Peter Blake, director of the State Council of Higher Education, which proposed the conference and coordinated its planning. “More efficient operations can reduce costs, which is good for everyone in the Commonwealth.” 

The conference is being hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. It also is being supported by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, Dominion Energy and the Council of State Senior Business Officers.

“VCU is proud to host the Partnering for Progress conference. It is a powerful way for us to share the work of our wonderful faculty and administrators and to learn from our fellow colleges and universities across the Commonwealth,” said VCU President Michael Rao

“The Partnering for Progress conference offers campus professionals a great opportunity to share successes, programs and ideas with colleagues from their sister institutions,” said Donna VanCleave, vice chancellor for administrative services with the Virginia Community College System and the chair of the Council of State Senior Business Officers, a co-sponsor of the event.

The keynote presentation will be by Allison M. Vaillancourt, vice president of business affairs & human resources at the University of Arizona and a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

To request press credentials, contact Greg Weatherford, associate director for communications and outreach at SCHEV, at (804) 786-2323 or

For more information, visit 
Media resources — including links to downloadable high-resolution photos and logos, news advisories and releases — are available at


The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan:
Subscribe for updates

© 2017 State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th Street, 10th Floor  |  James Monroe Building   |  Richmond, VA 23219

If you wish to receive this content in an accessible format per Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. ? 794 (d), please call 804-225-2600.