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.

Open and Digital Learning Resources Conference — RESCHEDULED

This inaugural conference, co-sponsored by the Office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and Virginia Community College System, which was to take place on Thursday, March 7 in the Woodard Campus Center on the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus, was postponed due to inclement weather.  The meeting will be held at a later date.

The goal of the conference is to bring together a wide range of persons to engage in the sharing of their expertise and innovative ideas about a broad array of digital learning resources and networked educational experiences.  Follow developments related to this conference at: http://openva.org

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 (sometimes 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.

UMW’s Six Year Budget Proposal

As submitted to SCHEV on June 30, 2011 and based on the requirements as set forth by the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011.  Institutions were instruction to link each item in the six year budget plan to one of the specific objectives outlines in the TJ21 legislation.  Read UMW’s proposal: UMW-Six-year-Plan-2011.

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.