While schools like Virginia Tech and University of Virginia may be excelling in the Commonwealth, there’s still much more that can be done to ensure that higher education in Virginia remains competitive with other institutions across the U.S. I’m talking about new innovative concepts, policies that support entrepreneurship, technological advancements, and much, much more. The future of higher education in Virginia lies in the hands of us all, we just have to act. Which is why the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SHEV) is meeting on Monday to hear from local leaders and gain more insight into what needs to be done in order to make Virginia’s colleges the best they can be for students, faculty, and the community alike.

SHEV will listen to the ideas of well respected educators in the Commonwealth who will comment on the state of higher education like what roadblocks and advantageous opportunities the future will hold. This move is a smart one by SHEV, who will be seeking advice from those who work and understand how colleges and universities function. They’ll be getting an insider look into what’s ailing Commonwealth schools and how best to tackle the problems inflicting these institutions.

The three-hour forum begins at 9 a.m. in House Room 3 at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. It will be held in conjunction with Governor McDonnell’s Executive Directive No. 6, requesting SHEV to assess its role in “Sustaining and Enhancing Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment.”

SHEV will also hold a regular business meeting on Tuesday, July 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to further discuss the proceedings from Monday. They’ll listen to commentary from University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley and then also look into a report on potential budget items for the 2014-16 biennium.

This decision to delve more into the issue of the state of higher education in Virginia will prove to be an invaluable opportunity to transform local colleges and universities into high functioning, established, respectable institutions.


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