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K12 Professionals and College Access

At the intersection of changing student demographics, increasing workforce demands and the rising cost of postsecondary education in Virginia is the need for collaboration and communication between sectors. An ongoing exchange of information and resources between K-12 and higher education will enable the Commonwealth to better serve all students and families and successfully navigate the opportunities our changing society presents. Please refer to this page frequently to see new postings of resources and or updates to cross sector college and career readiness efforts.



Advanced Placement – Information on college credits, with links to each public four-year institution’s policies on transfer of credit can be found under Students: Preparing for College. While progress has been made, with 14 schools now accepting a score of three or better on the exam, final authority regarding credit awards still rests with the institutions. Students should contact their preferred institution(s) directly with any questions about credit awards and how they will be applied to a particular course of study.

Contact Jodi Fisler with any questions. 

Dual Enrollment – The Dual Enrollment and Transfer Advisory Group last met in December 2017 and progress continues to be made towards creating a more transparent process for schools, students and families. Two options are being explored – 1) 15-hour block credit passport and 2) 30-hour block credit passport. Energies are focused on negotiating the 15-credit hour passport with each public institution in hopes of creating statewide consistency in applying credits. Clear communications about any exceptions will be provided. Current progress suggests that the 15-credit hour passport may be available for the 2018-19 school year. 

Contact Paul Smith with any questions. 

Teacher Shortage - Governor McAuliffe convened a statewide Advisory Committee on Teacher Shortages (ACTS) in May 2017. Preliminary recommendations were released in October 2017. In December 2017, Governor McAuliffe announced Executive Directive 14 and budget proposals to address teacher shortages. Report information is being shared with Governor Northam. 

Contact Ashley Lockhart with any questions. 

Data, Resources and Tools

Landscape of College Access Resources in Virginia Interactive Maps – SCHEV commissioned a study to assess college access resources and the need for additional college readiness supports for students within school divisions across the state. In addition, six interactive maps displaying college access resources by division and other related factors, such as economic disadvantage and graduation and drop-out rates were created. Access to the source data for further use and/or review is also available. Data may be helpful when developing grant proposals, establishing benchmarks and/or assessing resources.

Postsecondary Enrollment Rates – The postsecondary enrollment rates for each high school and division are derived from National Student Clearinghouse data and posted to the VDOE website. Data can be used to draw benchmarks for improvement and to assess growth. The postsecondary enrollment rate for the state is 72%. Review the data and see how your school/division(s) stack up.

Postsecondary Enrollment Data by Locality – Data specific to postsecondary enrollment by locality can be found under Research and Statistics on the SCHEV website. Of specific interest may be the Admissions by Student Level and Student Locality report and others listed under Data for Localities.

Multiple Measures - The implementation of Multiple Measures for more accurate placement into college level Math and English courses supports the Virginia Community College System's holistic Guided Pathways reforms. Students now have a variety of ways to demonstrate readiness for college-level coursework. 

Multiple Measures for Placement Policy
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Map of Virginia Colleges and Universities
REVISED!  - A colorful map of Virginia's public and private non-profit higher education institutions is now available for download. The 8 1/2 x 11 front and back handout can serve as a visual aid when sharing the great number of postsecondary options available to students in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Please contact Paula Robinson with any questions or suggestions regarding college access and this web resource page.

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