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Restructuring

Governor Robert McDonnell established the “Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment” formed through Executive Order No. 9 in March, 2010, shortly after his inauguration the preceding January. The Commission began meetings in July 2010 and issued an interim report in December 2010. The Higher Education Opportunity Act was passed by the 2011 General Assembly and is based on the Commission’s recommendation in their interim report.

The purpose of the Act is to significantly increase college attainment with a goal of 100,000 new undergraduate degrees by 2025. The Act also seeks to address basic operational and instructional funding, per-student enrollment funding, need-based financial aid, targeted economic and innovation incentives, a higher education “Rainy Day” fund, institutional six-year plans, and increasing high demand degrees through public-private partnerships. As the coordinating body for the Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education, SCHEV will be instrumental in implementing policies to achieve these goals.

 

Much of this work will be informed by the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005 (Restructuring Act) which provided public colleges and universities with more operational and administrative autonomy in exchange for a renewed commitment to their public missions.

The Restructuring Act provided a set of basic operational autonomy for all institutions and specified that tuition and fee responsibility reside with the institution Boards of Visitors. The Restructuring Act required a formal commitment by the Boards of Visitors to the “state asks.” Institutions earn financial incentives based on meeting performance standards. In addition, there are opportunities for greater institutional autonomy through “memoranda of understanding” and “management agreements.”

 

The institution Boards of Visitors committed to 12 state goals – “state asks” – by formal resolution in 2005:

  1. Access
  2. Affordability
  3. Academic offerings
  4. Academic standards
  5. Student progress and success
  6. Articulation and dual enrollment
  7. Economic development
  8. Research
  9. Enhancing K12
  10. Six-year plans
  11. Finance and administrative
  12. Campus safety and security

Institutions are classified into one of three levels of financial and administrative operational authority. All institutions enter Level I authority as a result of the Boards of Visitors resolution in 2005. Level I institutions receive minimum operational authority.

Level II criteria were established by the 2008 General Assembly. Level II institutions receive additional authority in two of three areas – capital outlay, information technology, and procurement. Institutions enter Level II through a “memorandum of understanding” with the Governor and, respective cabinet Secretaries. Memoranda of understanding were signed with George Mason University, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, and Virginia Military Institute in 2008.

The highest level of financial and administrative operational authority is granted to a select group of institutions through a “management agreement” between the institution’s Board of Visitors, the Governor, and the General Assembly. Level III institutions have operational authority in the areas of capital outlay, information technology, procurement, human resources, and finance. The College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech signed management agreements in 2005 which were approved by the 2006 General Assembly. Virginia Commonwealth University’s management agreement was approved by the 2008 General Assembly.

Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011

The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011

Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act

Introduced in 2004, the Commonwealth Chartered Universities and Colleges Act failed to pass during the 2004 General Assembly Session, but provided a framework for the Restructured Higher Education Financial and Administrative Operations Act of 2005 (Restructuring Act).

Senate Joint Resolution 90

Administrative and Financial Relationships Between the Commonwealth and its Institutions of Higher Education - 2005

Restructuring Act - 2005

Restructuring Act - 2006 Amendment

Restructuring Act - 2009 Amendment

Management Agreements for the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech - 2006

Management Agreement for Virginia Commonwealth University - 2008

Eligibility for restructured financial and administrative operational authority
§ 23-38.88 Code of Virginia

Level II Memoranda of understanding
§ 23-38.90 Code of Virginia outlining requirements for Level II institutions

Management Agreements
§ 23-38.97 through § 23-38.121 Code of Virginia outlining institutional authority under management agreements

Goals of the Restructuring Act
These are the 12 goals of the Restructured Higher Education and Administration Act.

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Council Briefings and Actions

May 16, 2011 – Action on Assessment of Institutional Performance
Agenda, Minutes

October 26, 2010 – Action on Institutional Performance Standards Targets
Agenda, Minutes

May 18, 2010 – Action on Assessment of Institutional Performance
Agenda, Minutes

January 12, 2010 – Action on Proposed Measures for Longwood University – Level II
Agenda

October 27, 2009 – Action on Recommendations from the Restructuring Subcommittee
Agenda, Minutes

July 14, 2009 – Action on Enrollment Targets and Estimates of Degree Awards at Public Institutions
Agenda, Minutes

June 8-9, 2009 – Certification of Institutions Under Restructuring
Agenda, Minutes - June 8, Minutes - June 9

May 12, 2009 – Action on Certification of Institutions Under Restructuring and Action on Proposed Measures for Institutions Seeking Level II
Agenda, Minutes

January 6, 2009 – Action on Institutional Performance Standards (IPS) Targets
Agenda, Minutes

October 21, 2008 – Action on Recommendations from the Restructuring Task Force
Agenda, Minutes

May 13, 2008 – Certification of Institutions Under Restructuring and Institutional Performance Standards (IPS) Measures
Agenda, Minutes

March 10, 2008 – Update on Restructuring
Agenda, Minutes

May 8, 2007 – Action on Certification of Institutions Under Restructuring
Agenda, Minutes

November 13, 2006 – Action on Institutional Performance Standards
Agenda, Minutes

September 30, 2005 – Action on Standards for Institutional Certification and Action on Guidelines for Assessments of Institutional Performance
Agenda, Minutes

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Restructuring Subcommittee

May 5, 2011
Agenda

October 6, 2010
Agenda, Minutes

August 17, 2010
Agenda, Minutes

April 21, 2010
Agenda, Minutes

March 2, 2010
Agenda, Minutes

January 11, 2010
Agenda, Minutes

December 1, 2009
Agenda, Minutes

September 15, 2009
Minutes

September 10, 2009
Minutes

August 4, 2009
Agenda

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2011 Six-Year Plans

2011 Six-Year Plans Overview
Christopher Newport University
College of William and Mary
College of William and Mary - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
George Mason University
James Madison University
Longwood University
Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Radford University
Richard Bland College
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
University of Virginia College at Wise
Virginia Community College System
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Logistics Research Center
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia State University
Virginia State University – Cooperative Extension and Agriculture Research Station
Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech – Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agriculture Experiment Station

Presentations

Higher Education Opportunity Act Measuring Performance Next Steps - November 7, 2011

Opportunity Act: Targeted Economic and Innovation Incentives Funding - October 24, 2011

Transitioning from the Restructuring Act to the Opportunity Act - June 30, 2011

Restructuring: A Review - May 17, 2011

Institutional Performance Standards - April 23, 2010

Institutional Certification - May 12, 2009

Restructuring Overview - April 8, 2009

Higher Education Restructuring – December 6, 2007

Higher Education and the Public Good – August 15, 2007

Restructuring Act: Implementing Change in Virginia – April 20, 2007

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Institution Web Sites

The College of William and Mary

The University of Virginia

Virginia Tech

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Institutional Performance Standards (IPS)

Preliminary Review of Assessment of Institutional Performance for 2011 – March 22, 2011

Assessment of Institutional Performance - 2010

Assessment of Institutional Performance - 2009 

Assessment of Institutional Performance Under Goal 11 - 2008 

Cost of Attendance and Income - Summary 

Cost of Attendance and Income - Detail 

Council Certification Action - 2009 

Final Review of Benchmarks and Targets of the Institutional Performance Standards (2006) 

Institution Six-Year Plans 

IPS Measure Definitions

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Virginia Reports and Links

Compliance Review of Initial Management Agreement between the State and Virginia Commonwealth University: Report, Briefing

Review of Data Collection Process Over Institutional Performance Standards - Audit of Public Accounts (APA) - August 2009

SCHEV UPDATE - Special Meeting: The State of Virginia Public Higher Education - July, 2009

Two-Year Review of Initial Higher Education Management Agreements – Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLRAC) – November 10, 2008:
Report, Briefing

Restructuring Update - February 2, 2008

Virginia Secretary of Education

Governor McDonnell’s Higher Education Commission

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External Reports and Links

Checks and Balances at Work: The Restructuring of Virginia’s Public Higher Education System

The Politics of Restructuring Higher Education in Virginia: A Case Study

The Politics of Restructuring Higher Education in Virginia: A Case Study (ERIC)

First Detailed Look at Virginia Higher Education Restructuring Act Released

Restructuring Relationships in Virginia: The Changing Compact between Higher Education Institutions and the State

Matching Virginia Higher Education’s Strengths with the Commonwealth’s Needs

Virginia Score Card

Ready to Assemble: A Model State higher Education Accountability System

International Case Study: USA – State of Virginia

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