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Senate Committee on Education and Health
Subcommittee Higher Education

Smith (Chairman), Saslaw, Blevins, McWaters, Barker

Clerk: Patty Lung, Cheryl Law
Staff: Thomas Stevens, Ryan Brimmer
Date of Meeting: January 17, 2013
Time and Place: 1/2 Hour after adjournment - 3rd Floor West

S.B. 846

Patron: Stanley

Community colleges; enrollment policies. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to develop policies directing community colleges to offer any open seat in any career or technical course that is not at full capacity to students enrolled in public high schools that are located in the region served by the community college.

S.B. 856

Patron: Petersen

Boards of visitors; rectors and terms. Requires members of boards of visitors of four-year public institutions of higher education to have served four years on the board prior to being elected or appointed rector. The bill stipulates that such rectors shall serve four-year terms. The bill also changes the terms of all visitors from four years to six years. The bill contains technical amendments.

S.B. 1078

Patron: Barker

State Board for Community Colleges; mental health policies. Requires the State Board for Community Colleges to develop a mental health awareness and referral policy that would require community colleges to (i) undertake educational efforts to raise awareness of mental health needs among students and faculty and (ii) designate at least one individual at each college to serve as a point of contact with an emergency services system clinician at a local community services board, or another qualified mental health services provider, for screenings and referrals of students who may have emergency or emerging mental health needs.

S.B. 1085

Patron: Deeds

Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments. Clarifies that the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments is required to evaluate potential appointees to higher education governing boards and to make recommendations to the Governor. Currently, these actions are considered powers and duties of the Commission and the Commission only makes recommendations upon the request of the Governor. The bill also requires the Commission to consider each list of qualified persons submitted to the Governor by the alumni association of any public institution of higher education.

S.B. 1086

Patron: Deeds

University of Virginia Board of Visitors; composition and quorum. Requires at least one member of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors to have administrative experience at an institution of higher education or have experience as a professor in the study of higher education. The bill also requires the board of visitors to appoint a faculty representative to serve in a nonvoting advisory capacity. The bill changes the number of board members that constitutes a quorum from five members to a majority of members. Finally, the bill removes the requirement that the vice-rector automatically succeeds the rector upon expiration of the rector's term.

S.B. 1087

Patron: Edwards

The University of Virginia; board of visitors. Changes the composition of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia from 17 visitors appointed by the Governor to 13 visitors appointed by the Governor and four visitors directly elected by the alumni of the University of Virginia.

S.B. 1188

Patron: Martin

Career Pathways System Advisory Council; established. Establishes the Career Pathways System Advisory Council. The purpose of the council is to ensure the coordination and collaboration of career and technical education, adult education, and workforce development programs through business-driven sector strategies that provide for sequences of education and training articulated with higher levels of education and regional and state workforce needs and that also provide career coaching and advising support services and experiential learning. The Council will develop workforce readiness indicators, in coordination with the Virginia Workforce Council and the Council on Virginia's Future, which will include enrollment and graduation statistics in secondary, postsecondary, and adult education programs in science, technology, engineering, math, or health care-related areas; numbers of targeted industry certifications; and the Commonwealth's education and training capacity for key industry sectors, and will produce a scorecard documenting progress in these areas. The scorecard will also include a report on the progress of interagency collaboration and shared funding for the purposes of attaining select education and workforce development goals. The bill includes a sunset provision of July 1, 2016.

S.B. 1233

Patron: Ebbin

In-state tuition; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Establishes that a student shall be eligible for in-state tuition if (i) he has provided an affidavit to the public institution of higher education for which he has registered stating that he has been approved for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (ii) he has graduated from a public or private high school in the Commonwealth or has received a General Education Development (GED) certificate in the Commonwealth, (iii) he has resided in the Commonwealth for at least three years immediately preceding his registration as an entering student in a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth, and (iv) he has submitted evidence that he or, in the case of a dependent student, at least one parent, guardian, or person standing in loco parentis, has filed, unless exempted by state law, Virginia income tax returns for at least three years prior to the date of enrollment.

S.B. 1242

Patron: Stuart

Eligibility for in-state tuition charges; military. Clarifies eligibility for in-state tuition of current and former military personnel and their dependents.