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

May 12, 2011

SCHEV to Take Action on Program Proposals at May Meeting

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regular business meeting on Tuesday, May 17 from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Mullen Board Room on the second floor of Peele Hall at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Following remarks by President Robert Lindgren, the Council will discuss SCHEV’s plan for alignment with updated Title IV regulations, which have been amended in an effort to protect students from aggressive or misleading recruiting practices, provide consumers with better information about higher education programs, and ensure that only students enrolled in legitimately eligible academic programs can receive aid under applicable federal programs. Additionally, Council members will be briefed on the latest activities of the Student Advisory Committee, consider the Restructuring Subcommittee’s recommendations related to the assessment of institutional performance, and take action on the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP).

The Council will also take action on agenda items considered during the Academic Affairs Committee meeting on Monday, May 16 at 1:00 pm in the Special Collections/Owen Room on the second floor of Randolph-Macon’s McGraw-Page Library. Committee members will consider George Mason University’s proposal for a new Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, as well as a request from Radford University for a new Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts degree in Geospatial Science. The Committee will also consider requests from seven private postsecondary institutions seeking certification to operate in Virginia, including Dallas Theological Seminary, Dulles University, and the Underwater Construction Academy.

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.