ERIC Number: ED498152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct-23
A Status Report on "Advancing Virginia Through Higher Education: The Systemwide Strategic Plan for Higher Education in Virginia"
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
As the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) begins development of a new six-year strategic plan for higher education, this report reviews progress made towards the goals of the 2002 plan, each to be accomplished by 2010: (1) Accommodate at least 61,000 additional students; (2) Increase Virginia's national standing in sponsored research; and (3) Enhance the Commonwealth's commitment to instructional quality. A comparison of the total enrollment of public and private (nonprofit) institutions in Virginia between 2000 and 2005 reveals that 49,276 additional students have enrolled. The Commonwealth has seen an increase of 13.2% in degrees awarded by its public colleges and universities between 2000-2001 and 2005-2006; the average time-to-degree for students pursuing a four-year degree has remained consistent, as has the average total credits earned by these students. The strategic plan specifically called for increases in Virginia institutions' national research rankings: the most recent data available on research expenditures indicates that research spending in Virginia increased by nearly 40%; however, the state remained ranked at 37th among all states and the District of Columbia. Overall faculty salary averages reached the 61st percentile in 1999-2000, exceeding the Commonwealth's goal of reaching the 60th percentile of peers. Virginia's faculty salaries did not, however, keep pace with peers between 2000 and 2003. The percentile rankings reached a low for all institutions in 2002-2003 but have begun to rebound since that time. This report overall represent movements in the desired direction and progress toward achieving the goals of the 2002 plan. It is envisioned that the next version of the statewide strategic plan will address specific and measurable goals, representing a new generation of higher education policy. [For Advancing Virginia Through Higher Education: The Systemwide Strategic Plan For Higher Education in Virginia", see ED472506.]
Descriptors: Credits, Strategic Planning, Public Colleges, Higher Education, Enrollment, Research Universities, Time to Degree, Private Colleges, Educational Quality
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: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia