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

September 11, 2009

SCHEV Announces Agenda for September 14-15 Meetings

RICHMONDThe State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will discuss trends and issues in higher education finance at 3:00 pm on Monday, September 14 in the Department of Education conference room on the 22nd floor of the James Monroe Building in Richmond. Speakers include Paul Lingenfelter, President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers; Julie Davis Bell and Vincent Badolato of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL); and Robert Shireman, Deputy Under Secretary for Postsecondary Education from the US Department of Education.

SCHEV will hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, September 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in SCHEV’s main conference room on the 9th floor of the James Monroe Building at 101 North 14th Street in Richmond. Following remarks from Secretary of Finance Richard Brown, the Council will hear a presentation about the “I am the One” marketing campaign, a component of Virginia’s federal College Access Challenge Grant Program designed to encourage high school students from low-income families to plan for and succeed in education after high school.

The Council will discuss both the 2010-12 systemwide operating and capital outlay budgets, including faculty salaries, student financial aid, and maintenance reserve. Council members will take action on items in the agency’s 2010-12 budget, including the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) for Virginia students attending private colleges and universities. Council will also act on a request from VCU to initiate a Ph.D. program in Chemical Biology, as well as applications from three private, postsecondary institutions seeking certification to operate in the Commonwealth.

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.