2017 Session

Budget Amendments - SB900 (Committee Approved)

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SFC Education Subcommittee Review

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First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Legislative Department
General Assembly of Virginia FY2017 $0 FY2018 $150,000 GF

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"T.  1. Out of this appropriation, $150,000 the second year from the general fund is designated for the review of access, affordability, quality, and autonomy issues related to Virginia's public higher education system by the Education Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee.

2. The Subcommittee shall hold additional meetings during 2017 to explore ways to (a) improve the quality of higher education; (b) review the autonomy and flexibility granted to Virginia's public higher education institutions, including the history of restructuring and the expansion of autonomy; (c) examine access and affordability in higher education, including the cost of education and need-based financial aid programs; (d) review the impact of financial, demographic, and competitive changes on the sustainability of Virginia's public higher education system; and (e) identify any practices that would result in more efficient outcomes regarding cost and completion, including dual enrollment and online programs.

3. The Subcommittee may seek support from the staff of the Senate Finance Committee, the public institutions of higher education, the staff of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, and the staff of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.  Other state agency or higher education representatives shall provide support upon request.  At its discretion, the Subcommittee may contract for consulting services.

4.  The Subcommittee shall report to the Senate Finance Committee prior to the 2018 Session regarding any findings and recommendations from this review."


(This amendment provides $150,000 GF in the second year for the Education Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee to review Virginia's public higher education access, affordability, and autonomy issues during 2017. The Subcommittee will report to the full Senate Finance Committee prior to the 2018 Session regarding any findings and recommendations. The Subcommittee may seek assistance from staff at other agencies and may hire consulting services if deemed necessary.)