ERIC Number: ED202335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Problems and Issues Related to Legislative Process: The State Dimension.
Perspectives on the legislative process in Virginia and the relationship between the higher education community and the legislature are presented by a state senator. Virginia's legislature operates on a 60-day calendar basis, has an executive budget, and the governor has item veto power. The budget process requires that constituencies needing appropriations provide their requests well in advance, perhaps six or seven months before the legislative session. It is suggested that in spite of declining enrollments in other parts of the country, the South is experiencing an increase in higher education enrollments, and the state-supported institutions cannot take all of the applicants. Virginian politics has followed the belief that educational officials should be nonpartisan, and Virginia and Massachusetts have the largest number of citizens on policy boards in universities. The large number of citizens on public college and university boards is a reason that a strong centralized governing body would be impossible. It is proposed that diversity within the types of colleges and universities is preferable to the creation of one big state university. The importance of educational officials being informed about bills that affect higher education and being available to provide information during the legislative session is emphasized. It is also important to know the individual legislative committee members and their views. It is suggested that legislators who are on the education committee should also be on a committee concerned with funding or finance so that they can carry out their educational plans. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO); Virginia
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (Philadelphia, PA, May 1975).