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Council to meet May 20-21 in Staunton; joined by Governor Ralph Northam

by Elizabeth Liverman | May 15, 2019

Laura Osberger
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May 15, 2019

For immediate release

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regularly scheduled meeting May 20-21 in Staunton, including a joint meeting with the leaders of Virginia’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities and remarks from Virginia Governor Ralph S. Northam.

The Council’s Academic Affairs, and Resources and Planning committees will meet May 20 beginning at 1:00 pm on the campus of Mary Baldwin University. Topics include certification for several private institutions, an updated program approval policy, delegation of the tuition moderation fund’s certification process to SCHEV staff and a proposed new program at The College of William & Mary.

In addition, the Council will act on a staff recommendation to add 25 new bachelor degree programs in teacher education at seven public institutions to help increase annual teacher production. The effort is part of a coordinated plan among SCHEV, the Virginia Department of Education, schools of education and the Governor's office to respond rapidly to the 2018 General Assembly legislation related to teacher shortages. According to Joe DeFilippo, SCHEV’s director of academic affairs and planning, “When these programs are running at full enrollment, they are projected to increase teacher production by more than 400 per year over current levels.”

At 3:00 p.m., Council will hold a joint meeting with the Private College Advisory Board, comprised of presidents of the private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Commonwealth. Governor Ralph S. Northam will discuss his priorities for higher education, particularly as they relate to private colleges.

The full Council will convene for its regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. on May 21, in Staunton. Pamela Fox, Mary Baldwin University's president, will present remarks.


Monday, May 20, 2019
Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: Academic Affairs Committee (Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, The Nut House Room)
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Resources and Planning Committee (Flora McElwee Miller Chapel)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.:  Joint Meeting with Private College Advisory Board Members (Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, West)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Council Meeting (Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall, The Nut House Room)

Full agenda and meeting materials are available at www.schev.edu/index/agency-info/council-information/agenda-books.

Media resources including news advisories and releases are available at www.schev.edu/media.


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, please visit schev.edu/TheVirginiaPlan.

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