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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 786-2627
For Immediate Release

March 14, 2013

Council to Take Action on Policies for
Military-Related Students at March Meeting

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, March 19, from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm in Stallard Board Room on the first floor of Longwood University’s Lancaster Hall in Farmville, Virginia. Following remarks from Interim President Marge Connelly, the Council will discuss the 2013 General Assembly session and act on proposed guidelines on course registration policies for military-related students at public higher education institutions.

The Council also will take action on other agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting, which will be held on March 18 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in Stallard Board Room. Members will consider George Mason University’s proposal to initiate a Master of Science degree program in Biostatistics, designed to prepare graduate-level professionals to apply statistical techniques to biological and health-related data. Additionally, the Academic Affairs Committee will discuss provisional certification of Appalachian College of Optometry, a newly formed, non-profit institution that would provide a four-year professional program in optometry in Buchanan County.

Members of the TJ 21 Implementation Task Force will meet on March 18 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm in Room 223 of Lancaster Hall to discuss the enrollment projection and six-year plan processes, and hear updates regarding financial aid and the Higher Education Advisory Committee.

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 on the SCHEV website at

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