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ADVISORY: SCHEV Council to Meet with Public College Presidents September 14; Hold Council Meeting September 15

by Elizabeth Liverman | Sep 09, 2020

Laura Osberger
(804) 387-5191

September 9, 2020

RICHMOND — The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will hold three public meetings next week. 

1. Council Retreat (Monday, September 14 from 12:30 p.m. –  3:00 p.m.): Council will hold a retreat related to updating SCHEV’s strategic plan, The Virginia Plan for Higher Education. The purpose of the retreat is to coalesce around potential modifications to the existing six-year plan and to anticipate future needs for the Commonwealth. 

2. Council of Presidents Meeting (Monday, September 14 from 3:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Agenda topics include remarks from Michale Rao, president, Virginia Commonwealth University; and Makola Abdullah, president, Virginia State University. Other topics of discussion include the current state of higher education in Virginia, revisions to The Virginia Plan for Higher Education and SCHEV priorities.

3. Committee Meetings (Tuesday, September 15  from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.) & Full Council Meeting (Tuesday, September 15 from 10:15 a.m. – 12:55 p.m.): A closed discussion on personnel matters will occur from 12:55 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Council will adjourn at 1:30 p.m.

Mr. James Ryan, president, University of Virginia, will deliver remarks. In addition, Mr. Evan Feinman, Virginia’s Chief Broadband Advisor, will deliver a presentation on “Learning at a Distance: Commonwealth Connect and Virginia’s Pivot to Online Education.”

Council will take action on certification of a new postsecondary institution (Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital School of Medical Imaging); provisional certification for two postsecondary institutions (American Sterling University and Virginia Business College); and a modification to the SCHEV policy statement on distance education courses.

Council also will undertake a review of program announcements from public institutions. Additional discussions include the General Assembly special session outcomes; budget and policy considerations for the 2021 General Assembly Session; institutional performance standards; and legislative studies.

These meetings (with the exception of the closed session on personnel) are open to the public. Those wishing to participate may use the links or the phone numbers listed in the chart below.  

NOTE: Both meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the September 14-15 section at approximately two weeks after the meetings.



The Virginia Plan Council Retreat12:30 p.m.

The Virginia Plan Retreat  or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530, 
Access code: 171 558 3261

Retreat: Breakout Meeting 112:35 p.m.Breakout Meeting 1 or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 982 7372
Retreat: Breakout Meeting 212:35 p.m.Breakout Meeting 2 or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 550 7357
The Virginia Plan Council Retreat Reconvenes1:45 p.m.Virginia Plan Retreat Reconvenes  or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 558 3261
Joint SCHEV/COP Meeting3:15 p.m.Joint SCHEV/COP Meeting  or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 317 4716
Academic Affairs Committee Meeting9:00 a.m.Academic Affairs Meeting or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 241 6552
Resources and Planning Committee Meeting9:00 a.m.Research and Planning Meeting or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 556 0508
Council Meeting 10:15 a.m.Council Meeting  or Dial-in: 1-866-692-4530,  
Access code: 171 087 5444
Full agenda and meeting materials are posted on the SCHEV website.

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