"On the eve of graduation ceremonies for Virginia’s public colleges and universities, Gov. Glenn Youngkin told their presidents this week that he expects them to promote free speech on campus and hire faculty and other staff 'with diverse political perspectives.'
Youngkin sent the five-page letter to the Council of Presidents on Tuesday, making clear his expectations on a range of cultural issues important to his conservative political base — from in-person instruction during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to creation of lab schools as a kind of charter school outside of traditional K-12 public education,"reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold its regularly scheduled meeting May 16-17 at Virginian Wesleyan University in Virginia Beach, including a joint meeting with the leaders of Virginia’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities.
"Virginia State University has broken ground on the largest building in the university’s history, a $120 million academic facility that will house 110 offices, 40 classrooms, a theater, gym and pool.
In a ceremony on Friday, VSU introduced the Alfred W. Harris Academic Commons, named for a founder of the university, a building that will provide 'transformational academic experiences,' the university said," reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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