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May 13, 2019
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RICHMOND — Virginia will meet its target to be the best-educated state in the nation by 2030 only if it moves quickly to improve educational attainment across the state, according to a new State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) report: “The Cost of Doing Nothing: An Urgent Call to Increase Educational Attainment in the Commonwealth.” The report is the outcome of an ad hoc committee’s work to consider ways to improve educational outcomes across the state. The urgency of such a study was enhanced by the convergence of three developments: remarks from former Governor Gerald Baliles; receipt of the “Moving Rural Virginia Forward” report; and remarks from Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox. The full report and all SCHEV reports are available at schev.edu/reports.
“Virginia faces a daunting challenge if it is to become the best-educated state in the nation by 2030, the Council’s overriding goal,” said SCHEV Council Chair, Heywood Fralin and SCHEV Director, Peter Blake. “Persistent gaps in educational attainment threaten both our goal attainment and our status as a great place to live and work and our ability to meet our future workforce needs.”
This report is “not an exhaustive list of action items,” added Fralin and Blake. “Rather, it focuses on items that are most actionable and urgent. We look forward to engaging the broader community to identify other strategies. The need is greater than any one person or entity can manage. A positive future of the Commonwealth of Virginia depends upon correcting the shortcomings defined in this report… As we suggest in the report name, the cost of doing nothing is not a price we should be willing to pay.”
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia is the state’s coordinating agency for higher education. With The Virginia Plan for Higher Education, SCHEV is dedicated to making Virginia the best-educated state by 2030. For more on The Virginia Plan: schev.edu/TheVirginiaPlan.