After the Ivory Tower Falls Book Review

8/15/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
In “After the Ivory Tower Falls,” Will Bunch traces our political divisions to problems with higher education.

Americans owe $1.7 trillion in student loans, an amount so gargantuan that it has lodged in the public consciousness, like the visibility of the Great Wall of China from space, except the debt monument grows higher and longer every year.

“After the Ivory Tower Falls,” by the… Read More

The Virginia College Fund becomes the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges

8/1/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
The Virginia College Fund becomes the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges, adds Appalachian School of Law to membership.

The board of The Virginia College Fund voted to change the organization's name to the Commonwealth Alliance for Rural Colleges at their annual meeting in Richmond. A new logo was also introduced. The organization has supported rural access institutions by providing… Read More

Virginia's Elite Colleges are Booming

7/4/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Others are Struggling to Find Students

The University of Virginia received nearly 51,000 applications from high school seniors this year, breaking a school record for the second straight year.

Down Interstate 81, Virginia Tech set a record, too, with 45,000 applicants.

But while the state’s most prestigious public colleges are flourishing, others are struggling to find… Read More

Southwest, Southside Under-Represented on College Boards

6/10/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Sometime this month, probably on a Friday afternoon (the typical day and time for gubernatorial appointments), Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s press office will probably send out a list of appointments to the governing boards of Virginia state universities.

Some will look at the list to see which supporters got rewarded with what are generally considered to be plum appointments. Some will look… Read More

Ferrum College Awarded Grant to Launch New Support System for At-Risk Minorities

6/3/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Ferrum College, in conjunction with Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC), was recently awarded $70,000 in grant funding by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia [SCHEV] to launch a new initiative intended to address stop-out rates of at-risk minority populations. 

The project’s funding comes through the Collaborative Equitable-Attainment Grant offered by… Read More

Top Stories - Commonwealth of Education

4/20/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Top 5 articles from the most recent edition

Here are the most popular articles read by you and your colleagues from last Friday's news digest about Virginia higher education.

1. Virginia’s Education Secretary Reveals Plan For Public Education (Dogwood)

2. Former DeVos aide appointed Virginia’s deputy secretary of education (Virginia Mercury… Read More

Ferrum College Adds Two Graduate Programs

4/11/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

Ferrum College has expanded its graduate degree offerings with two new programs: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Coaching.

Both programs will be 100% online and can be completed in one year. The M.Ed program will begin on June 20, and the M.S. in Athletic Coaching will begin in the fall.

Read the full story… Read More

Averett Opens Center for Nursing Program in Norfolk

2/18/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board
Averett opens center for nursing program in Norfolk

Averett University opened its Norfolk Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Learning Center on Feb. 15.

The Averett School of Nursing launched its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in May, and already 60 students have enrolled. Some of those students joined others in officially celebrating the Hampton Roads… Read More

News from SCHEV | Feb 2022

2/9/2022 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

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RICHMOND — The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) released three reports. They include a report on the 2021 workforce Credential Grants, a playbook for addressing unmet demand, and the annual report of the Office of the Qualified Loan Ombudsman. In addition, SCHEV released an… Read More

Governor Northam Announces New Funding Increases for TAG and HBCUs

12/13/2021 by Commonwealth Alliance Board

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today continued his ‘Thank You, Virginia’ Tour, announcing that his proposed two-year state budget will increase funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to record numbers. The proposal also raises the Tuition Assistance Grant to $5,000 from $4,000. TAG helps Virginia students attend private colleges, including HBCUs.

The Governor… Read More