1999 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Conference Report)

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Secy of Ed - Dist. Learning (language only)

Item 127 #1c

Item 127 #1c

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Education, Secretary of

Page 97, after line 45 insert:
"E.1. There is hereby created a Distance Learning Steering Committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the General Assembly on distance learning, with the objective of making courses and degree programs more accessible through distance learning for citizens of Virginia.  The membership of the Steering Committee shall include the Secretary of Education or his designee; the Secretary of Technology or his designee; the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget or his designee; the Director of the State Council of Higher Education or his designee; four representatives from Virginia public institutions of higher education and one representative of the private institutions, as appointed by the Governor based upon the recommendations of Boards of Visitors and private colleges; one representative designated by the co-chairmen of the House Appropriations Committee; one representative designated by the co-chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee; and two members of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education, as appointed by the Governor.  In carrying out its work, the Committee shall be supported by the members of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, who shall advise the Committee on issues concerning distance learning.
2. The purposes of the Steering Committee are to: (1) recommend appropriate policies for implementing and delivering academic courses and programs between and among institutions of higher education through electronic media;  (2) assess the benefits of using a consortium of institutions in making quality educational degree programs widely available to the people of Virginia at affordable costs; and (3) develop recommendations on related issues such as the transfer of course credits, development of appropriate tuition rates and the transfer of tuition funds, including incentives which can be used to increase the number of courses offered via distance learning.
3.  The member institutions of the Electronic Campus of Virginia are directed to continue efforts toward the development of proposals demonstrating: (1) collaboration among individual Virginia institutions; (2) a complete undergraduate or graduate degree program based on a core curriculum; (3) effective utilization of electronic media to provide access to academic courses and degrees at sites across the Commonwealth at affordable costs; and (4) cooperation with the Southern Regional Electronic Campus.  The Electronic Campus shall be responsible for raising with the Steering Committee those issues, obstacles, or opportunities that may arise in the development of such proposals, and offer recommendations to the Steering Committee regarding implementation of proposals.
4.  It is the intent of the General Assembly that by September 1, 2000, the Steering Committee shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the co-chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."

(This amendment establishes an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly on issues in distance learning programs at Virginia's colleges and universities.)