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Amid the coronavirus outbreak, SCHEV is exercising caution to protect employees and the public.
We are primarily communicating via email, telephone or video conference. Please be safe, be informed and be well.

Additional Activities

In addition to SCHEV's assigned responsibilities through state code, the Council works on activities that may be assigned through legislation, received through a grant, recommended through the Council or suggested by an advisory committee or group. 

The following is a list of additional activities SCHEV is working with related links as appropriate.

Summits and Events

For the last several years, SCHEV has hosted summits on research, quality and college access, success and completion. To see information on recent summits, click on the links below.


March 9, 2022 - Join us for the SCHEV-OVAC Open Education Week Event
Webinar recording:


July 2021 - Director Peter Blake's letter to staff regarding educational leave



SCHEV may conduct studies at the request of the General Assembly or through other initiatives. The following is a list of active studies.

  • The State Council of Higher Education, in consultation with representatives from House Appropriations Committee, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, Department of Planning and Budget, Secretary of Finance, and Secretary of Education, as well as representatives of public higher education institutions, shall review methodologies to determine higher education costs, funding needs, and appropriations in Virginia. Read more about the cost study here.
  • The Virginia College Access Resource Study (2017) is a major research effort designed to learn about college access needs and resources at school divisions across the Commonwealth. The study, conducted in partnership with Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium, aims to update and build upon research on college access by creating a comprehensive directory of Virginia college access provider organizations and identifying trending issues and concerns in college access in Virginia. Learn more at

Research & Reports

SCHEV Report on a Minimal Uniform Standard to Improve Transparency of College and University Governing Boards
Report on Basic Research efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia from COVES Fellow Nikita Lad


Progress reports from the 2021 VMI investigation by Barnes & Thornburg are available below.
First progress report of Special Investigation Team on VMI - Feb 8 2021
Second progress report of Special Investigation Team on VMI - March 8 2021

The final report from Barnes & Thornburg, its appendices and exhibits, released June 1, 2021, are below:
VMI Special Investigation Team Final Report PLEASE NOTE: The appendices and exhibits below are an integral part of the report. Please be sure to review each of them as they represent the totality of the report.

Appendix A - Blue Tables - Final - Updated Footer
Appendix B [FINAL] VMI Cadet and Faculty FGs Report
Appendix C.pdf [preview]
Appendix D_VMI Data Comparisons

Ex 1 - Barnes Thornburg Response to RFP 245-110420
Ex 2_VMI Organizational-Chart-7-19
Ex 3_VMI Global Doc Request Tracker
Ex 4_VMI Equity Audit and Investigation.Ms. Connelly 5 May 2021.docx
Ex 5_Gen Peay July 2020 Letter Ex 6_ VMI 2021-05-14 BT REPORT SUBMISSION


VMI Presentation 6.1.2021 (P)


Grants SCHEV has several active grants to support a variety of initiatives, including the following:
  • Equity Grants: $725,000 from Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation in February 2021 to support efforts to advance equitable postsecondary outcomes across the Commonwealth’s institutions of higher education. This Equity Institutions grant complements a $500,000 Talent, Innovation, and Equity (TIE) Partnership grant that Virginia received from Lumina in 2019.
  • Strada Recovery Incubator Grant: In the fall of 2020, SCHEV and a group of partners received a Recovery Incubator Grant from Strada Education Network, a national nonprofit focused on improving pathways between education and employment. Through this grant, we are supporting several activities that follow from the recommendations of our recent report on Higher Education and Workforce Alignment. These activities include: (i) developing the implementation plan for the Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment; (ii) demonstrating COVID-related early successes through regional projects; and (iii) developing an asset-map / success-story playbook for GO Virginia Regions 4 (CCWA) and 6(RCC) where the regional projects are focused. SCHEV's partners include: DHCD (Go Virginia), VCCS, VEC and VEDP.
  • GEAR UP: This is a national grant from the US Department of Education to support a cohort of students. For more information, go the GEAR UP page.

SCHEV values honesty, quality, diversity, inclusion, growth-orientation, personal well-being, equity, transparency and accountability.
Through these values, we create a welcoming work environment that represents the best of who we are as an agency and as individuals.

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