Developments in Higher Education

From time to time, this space will provide various reports or summaries of developments concerning a variety of local, state, and national issues in higher education.

Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) Reports

HJR 108 (passed in 2012) directed the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to study the cost efficiency of the Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education and to identify opportunities to reduce the cost of public higher education in Virginia.

This presentation provides an overview of the study and its goals.

Several higher education reports produced by the Commission are listed below:

Conversation on”What it Means to be an Educated Virginian”

This one-day conference was held on June 13, 2012 in Richmond and sponsored by SCHEV and the Virginia Assessment Group.   A diverse group of educators took part in broad-ranging discussions about the purposes and scope of liberal education within Virginia’s higher education policy environment.  Click here for details about the conference.

Code of Virginia — New Requirements Concerning Cambridge Examination Credit

Changes to the Code of Virginia § 23-9.2:3.8  as adopted by the 2011 Virginia General Assembly amounted to a requirement that the Cambridge Advanced exams be treated comparably to AP and IB exams for purpose of granting academic credit. See the memo from the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) instructing institutions regarding procedures from implementing this new requirement.

Higher Education Advisory Commission

The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 created this commission.  Keep track of their developments by checking out their web site.

Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 (often referred to as TJ 21)

The purpose of this act is to fuel economic growth in Virginians by preparing citizens for the “top job” opportunities in the knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century. Among its provisions are (a) a new higher education funding policy, (b) targeted economic and innovation incentives, (c) creation of a STEM Public-Private Partnership, and (d) the creation of the Higher Education Advisory Committee. Read the Act.

Explore Details About Higher Education in Virginia

Check out SCHEV’s web page where a variety of statistics about enrollment, retention, graduation rates, and degrees offered.