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Item 155 #1c

Item 155 #1c

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Higher Education
Richard Bland College FY2015 $0 FY2016 $214,053 GF

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"C.  Out of this appropriation, $214,053 the second year from the general fund is provided to address restoration of budget cuts, recognition of enrollment growth and transfer students and costs associated with advancing new educational pathways for traditional, non-traditional and military students.
D. In order to advance the goals outlined in TJ21 and collaboration and innovation in higher education, Richard Bland College may develop and deliver new, collaborative educational pathways and innovative educational models, including distance learning, technology-based instruction, prior learning assessments, experiential learning, stackable credentials, and competency-based programs that lead to STEM-H and other high-demand credentials and careers, with such funds as are appropriated or made available for this purpose. Richard Bland shall strengthen educational pathways for traditional and nontraditional students, including veterans and military personnel, through the continued establishment and strengthening of cross-institutional and cross-sector partnerships including the use of innovative educational approaches in order to promote entry into high-demand fields and industries critical to the economic development of Virginia.  
Richard Bland College may:  
1. Broker agreements between and among educational, industry, and non-profit partners and establish collaborative, innovative partnership agreements with school districts, public and private colleges and universities, economic development agencies, employers, philanthropic organizations, veterans organizations, public agencies and other partners as necessary to strengthen and streamline educational pathways from high school, to work-based learning, to baccalaureate and advanced degrees that prepare individuals, including nontraditional students and veterans, for entry into STEM-H and other high-demand careers in the Commonwealth;
2. Serve as a clearing house of educational pathway and career pathway information and as a resource and referral agency for traditional and non-traditional students, including veterans;
3. Serve as an educational innovation resource center, referral agency and hub for collaboration, innovation, and information sharing among educational and industry partners to facilitate the vetting, piloting, and effective implementation of innovative, evidence-based educational resources, including open educational resources (OERs) and self-paced, competency-based tools designed to maximize limited resources, improve educational outcomes, or accelerate time to credential completion;
4. Pilot and implement innovative educational approaches and technologies, and promote the development, delivery, and ongoing assessment of innovative, cost-effective degree programs and stackable credentials, including industry-recognized, competency-based credentials that are aligned with and responsive to the educational and workforce development needs of traditional and non-traditional students, including veterans and military personnel, and advance the economic development needs of employers and industries statewide;
5. Identify and implement new strategies to support economic and community development in Virginia and to expand opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students, including veterans, to prepare for high-demand fields.
6. Identify opportunities for resource sharing and new operational efficiencies in the delivery of postsecondary education and pursue additional funding by federal, state, corporate, and private philanthropic sources to support collaborative, innovative approaches to education that improve educational access and outcomes, strengthen the alignment between postsecondary education and high-demand career pathways in Virginia, and support improved educational attainment, economic opportunity, and economic development for Virginians.
7. Richard Bland College may explore shared services and other options for increased collaboration with the College of William and Mary."

(This amendment provides Richard Bland College with funding and the authority to develop and deliver new, collaborative educational pathways and innovative educational models. The increased funds also restore a portion of the budget reductions in the introduced budget, support in-state undergraduate enrollment growth leading to four-year college transfers.)