2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Virginia Degree Completion Network (language only)

Item 130 #1h

Item 130 #1h

Secretary of Education


Page 100, after line 32, insert:

"D. Out of this appropriation, $4,400,000 the first year and $3,700,000 the second year from the general fund is designated for the Virginia Degree Completion Network (VDCN), which will be a cooperative offering of competency-based online courses and degree programs to begin January 1, 2017.  In support of: (i) the proposal developed by George Mason University and Old Dominion University in accordance with Item 162. G., Chapter 665, 2015 Acts of Assembly; and (ii) the plan being developed by the Secretary of Education and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in accordance with Item 1. § 1. Chapter 664, 2015 Acts of Assembly, the Secretary, in consultation with the SCHEV director, shall award funds to public institutions of higher education and state agencies, as appropriate, for the creation, maintenance and advertising of a statewide online degree-completion network of courses and programs that (1) competency-based, (2) competitively-priced, and (3) supportive of learners' needs, particularly the needs of nontraditional students and individuals who have earned some academic credits but are not enrolled currently in Virginia higher education.  Once created, the VDCN shall be open to students enrolled in all public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth.”

Page 100, strike lines 33 through 43.


(This amendment modifies language in the introduced budget to incorporate the findings and recommendations of Item 1. §., Chapter 664, 2015 Acts of Assembly.)