Virginia’s network faculties will offer applications with assured switch credits subsequent fall

The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia authorized tips for the Passport program this week. An application to preserve network university students on track for a smooth transfer to 4-12 months colleges should be equipped through the 2020 school yr. The program puts community university students via trendy training instructions to be commonplace at nearly every public college or college, cutting the time the pupil has to spend at other high-priced four-yr faculties.

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R- Henrico, and Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, delivered a law in 2018 to create the Passport and the Uniform Certificate of General Studies. The certificates require twice as much training as the Passport to cut out about 12 months of college for college students. The applications come amid heightened interest in the price of Virginia’s public colleges and universities. In Norfolk Thursday, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said he’d roll out a “lessons for carrier” model for free community universities.

And this yr, kingdom lawmakers struck a deal to provide national institutions with better schooling and extra money if they comply with freeze training. A 2014 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission document referred to Virginia’s public institutions as “a few of the country’s maximum costly for college kids.” Also, on Thursday, House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, stated he might push to freeze training again while the legislature convenes in January. The Passport will provide the kind of one semester of general education training.


Nonetheless, SCHEV and the Virginia Community College System workers must finalize the number of publications that might be covered in each software. Under Jones’ and Dunnavant’s legislation, the Passport and the Uniform Certificate must be geared up for enrollment using the 2020 faculty year. Currently, one English path within the Passport program received’t count at James Madison University and the College of William and Mary, and one of the programs inside won’t switch to Christopher Newport University.

“This is a very sizable step forward for switch students in Virginia,” stated Sharon Morrissey, leader academic officer for the Virginia Community College System. “The general goal is that we’re looking to make the switch more lower-priced, more efficient, and greater equitable, particularly for those first-generation university students who don’t have mother and father or folks who are assisting them in navigating the very complicated switch process.” Community college students have several ways to transfer to four-yr institutions. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission counted nearly 300 specific switch agreements between community schools and four-12 months institutions 2017.

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