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SCHEV Committees and Groups

Advisory Committees

SCHEV is advised by multiple groups of external constituents, some formal and some informal.  Some of the more formal groups include the General Professional Advisory Committee (GPAC- public college and university leaders) and Private College Advisory Board (PCAB-private non-profit college and university leaders) and meet annually with the Council.

Numerous less formal advisory bodies meet periodically with SCHEV staff to provide and receive information about emerging and ongoing issues of relevance to each group and to higher education and the Commonwealth as a whole.

The following is a list of the advisory committees with a brief description. It includes membership lists and additional information where appropriate. 

Advisory Committees

  • Career College Advisory Board

    The Career College Advisory Board (CCAB) was established in 2004 by the Council to provide advisory services in academic and administrative matters and other issues related to private proprietary postsecondary education schools. Any private proprietary institution of higher education or academic-vocational non-degree school certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia is eligible to have a representative on CCAB.

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  • Finance Advisory Committee

    The Finance Advisory Committee (FAC) meets monthly and consists of the chief financial officers of the fifteen four-year state-supported colleges and universities, Richard Bland College, the Virginia Community College System, and several community colleges.

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  • General Professional Advisory Committee

    The General Professional Advisory Committee (GPAC) is an advisory group that includes the presidents of the four-year state supported institutions of higher education, the president of Richard Bland College, the Chancellor of the Community College System, and several community college presidents. They meet once a month, usually on the fourth Monday of most months except July.

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  • Instructional Programs Advisory Committee

    The Instructional Programs Advisory Committee (IPAC) meets monthly and consists of the provosts or chief academic officers of the fifteen four-year state-supported colleges and universities, the Provost of Richard Bland College, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Virginia Community College System, several community colleges and several private institutions.

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  • Library Advisory Committee

    The Library Advisory Committee (LAC) consists of Librarians from twenty-one Public and three Private colleges and universities. This committee also includes the Director of Library Automation and Learning Resources, the Senior Coordinator of Academic Affairs from the Council of Higher Education, the VIVA Project Director from George Mason University, and Librarian of Virginia from the Library of Virginia.

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  • Military Education Advisory Committee

    The Military Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) implements and monitors military-related education policies and facilitates communication regarding military education. The Committee is comprised of representatives from two- and four-year public institutions with liaisons from various interested state and military-related agencies.

    View MEAC information and member contacts.

  • Open Virginia Advisory Committee

    In support of SCHEV’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Higher Education, the Open Virginia Advisory Committee (OVAC) make recommendations to Council regarding initiatives and policies that may facilitate the adoption of open educational resources by the public institutions. In addition, the committee organizes events such as workshops and conferences to facilitate inter-institutional networking and the sharing of best practices. The OVAC consists of at least one representative from each public four-year institution, community college representatives designated by the Virginia Community College System, and representatives from the Library Advisory Committee (LAC).

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  • Private College Advisory Board

    The Private College Advisory Board (PCAB) meets at least once a year and consists of the presidents of the private not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.

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  • Sexual Violence Advisory Committee

    The Sexual Violence Advisory Committee identifies programs, policies, training, and education opportunities to prevent and respond to sexual violence within the Commonwealth's institutions of higher education. The committee focuses on improving practices shaped uniquely by Virginia's policy context (e.g., Code of Virginia), in conjunction with federal requirements, with an emphasis on supporting institutions for which expertise is not readily available. The committee supports institutional leaders (presidents, vice presidents, and boards of visitors) in their efforts to enhance prevention and response efforts.

    View SVAC details and committee contacts.
  • State Coordinators for the Academic Common Market

    State coordinators to contact for information about the Academic Common Market. Contact the coordinator of the state or commonwealth for which you are resident.

    View state contacts.
  • State Committee on Transfer

    The Student Committee on Transfer (SCT) is charged with developing and monitoring transfer-related policies. The SCT consists of representatives from two- and four-year public and private institutions and state educational agencies.

    View SCT details and committee contacts.
  • Student Advisory Committee

    The Students Advisory Committee (SAC) is comprised of students from 2- and 4-year institutions throughout the state who advise the Council on systemwide issues of concern to Virginia's college students.

    View SAC details.
  • Virginia Assessment Group

    The Virginia Assessment Group (VAG) promotes quality higher education through assessment and institutional effectiveness practices in all higher education institutions.

    View VAG details and addtional information.

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