ERIC Number: ED498151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May-11
Reference Count: N/A
Advancing Virginia: Access, Alignment, Investment. The 2007-13 Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Virginia
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Despite many accomplishments and a widely-praised system, there remain significant challenges to address in higher education in Virginia: (1) Although the state performs well in six-year graduation rates for bachelor degree programs, graduation rates at specific four-year institutions range from the very high end of the spectrum to the very low; (2) Growing burdens placed on students from the lowest income levels due to rising tuition charges is a public policy matter of great concern; (3) Statewide remediation rates of 18-21% for college freshmen indicate that improvement is needed in the P-12 system; (4) Rising enrollment demands risk loss of students to the public college system, with accompanying loss of access to higher education opportunity; (5) Lack of progress in advancing Virginia's national standing in research; and (6) Continued skill shortages, especially in nursing, teaching, engineering and technology. The intent of this plan is to establish clarity about state priorities, to inform a coordinated system of higher education within which distinctive institutions may operate with a high degree of autonomy, and to serve state and national needs at a high level of quality by focusing on access, alignment and investment. Twelve goals and accompanying strategies are articulated: (1) Enhance Access Through P-16 Curricular Alignment; (2) Enhance Access Through Improved Coordination of Information; (3) Enhance Affordability Through Financial Aid Advocacy; (4) Enhance Affordability Through Education and Investment Incentives; (5) Improve College Readiness Through Strengthened P-16 Cooperation and Communication; (6) Strengthen P-16 Coordination Through Expanded Data Collection and Analysis; (7) Support State Workforce Needs Through Strengthened Participation in Post-Secondary Education; (8) Conduct a Comprehensive Economic Impact Study of Higher Education; (9) Improve Alignment Between Higher Education and the Commonwealth's Workforce Needs; (10) Strengthen Academic Program Quality and Accountability Through Assessment; (11) Enhance Research Through Investment in Targeted Consortia; and (12) Enhance Research Through Investment in Infrastructure.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Income, College Freshmen, Strategic Planning, Graduation Rate, Graduation, Economic Impact, Student Costs, Educational Policy, College Preparation, Access to Education, Labor Supply, Statewide Planning, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Articulation (Education), Information Dissemination, Institutional Cooperation, Institutional Autonomy, Data Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Assessment, Accountability, Educational Improvement, Research Universities, Investment, Educational Finance, Low Income Groups, Enrollment, Remedial Instruction, Interschool Communication, Community Colleges
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 101 North 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, VA 23219. Tel: 804-225-2600; Fax: 804-225-2604; Web site: http://www.schev.edu
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia