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 5, 2021 - Getting Started with Open Educational Resources
Creating Equitable Learning Opportunities Through Transparent Assignment Design
2020 - Open Virginia Advisory Committee's Virtual Event Series
2020 Aligning Resources & Incentives for Success and Retention of Students and Faculty
2019 Supporting High-Quality Teaching: A Day of Dialogue
2019 Higher Education and Finance: A Day of Dialogue
2018 and earlier
2018 Developing Core Competencies: A Day of Dialogue
2017 Civic Engagement Education and Assessment
2016 Our Students, Our Future College Access, Success and Completion Summit
2015 Our Common Wealth: Summit on Quality & Value
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. A workplan is due by August 15, 2021, a preliminary report and any related recommendations are due by December 1, 2021, and a final report by July 1, 2022. Learn more at https://budget.lis.virginia.gov/amendment/2021/2/HB1800/Introduced/CR/152/3c/
- The Virginia College Access Resource Study is a major research effort designed to learn about college access organizations and the work they do. The study aims to update and build upon research on college access by creating a comprehensive directory of Virginia college access provider organizations. Learn more at schev.edu/AccessStudy.
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
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.