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Contact:  Kirsten Nelson
(804) 225-2627
For Immediate Release

May 14, 2010

SCHEV Acts on Institutional Performance,
Student Learning Assessment at May Meeting

RICHMONDThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold an executive committee meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:30 am in the Lehman Board Room on the third floor of Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Campus Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

SCHEV will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Strite Conference Suite on the EMU Campus Center’s first floor. Following remarks from EMU President Loren Swartzendruber, the Council will take action on the operating plan for the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP), a consortium of Virginia universities established in 1983 to deliver graduate engineering courses via distance education.

The Council will also take action on the assessment of institutional performance standards, as well as a request from George Mason University for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program. As part of the Council’s consent agenda, Christopher Newport University and George Mason University are requesting Council action on a total of seven proposals for new degree programs.

Additionally, Council members will take action on the new assessment of student learning policy, which was revised by removing the “value-added” requirement to accommodate the Council of Presidents’ request that Virginia assessment requirements be made more efficient by mirroring the assessment institutions are currently required to conduct for accrediting bodies.

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 Virginia colleges and universities on higher education issues. Agenda materials for the SCHEV meeting are available at

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