2016 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Committee Approved)

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SOE - Reduce VDCN Funding and Language

Item 130 #1s

Item 130 #1s

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Education: Higher Education
Secretary of Education FY2017 ($3,900,000) FY2018 ($1,200,000) GF

Page 100, line 3, strike "$5,074,735" and insert "$1,174,735".
Page 100, line 3, strike "$4,374,794" and insert "$3,174,794".

Page 100, after line 32, insert:

"D. 1. Out of this appropriation, $500,000 the first year and $2,500,000 the second year from the general fund is designated for the Virginia Degree Completion Network (VDCN), which shall begin July 1, 2017.  The Secretary of Education, with consultation from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, shall work with George Mason University and Old Dominion University to develop a plan for the Network to serve adult learners, nontraditional students, and other students seeking  access to an on-line degree program that is more cost-effective than a traditional degree.

2.  The amounts appropriated in the first year may be used to further develop a plan that serves the targeted populations and to invest in equipment.  The Secretary shall report the plan to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and the Senate Finance Committees by September 1, 2016. ".

Page 100, strike lines 33-43.


(This amendment reduces the amount designated for the Virginia Degree Completion Network (VDCN) by $5.1 million over the biennium. The language in the amendment expands the target population and requires a report in the first year prior to the full implementation of the Network.)