2018 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Committee Approved)

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VCCS - Student Advising (language only)

Item 210 #3h

Item 210 #3h

Education: Higher Education
Virginia Community College System


Page 188, after line 39, insert:

"T.  The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) shall evaluate and submit a report on a strategy and funding for enhancing the rate at which community college students progress through the system's academic programs and attain degrees or other credentials. The evaluation should focus on enhancing institutions' academic advising services. The report should describe a plan for ensuring that each institution can provide proactive, individualized, mandatory advising for students who demonstrate the potential to benefit from such advising and who are at the highest risk of not earning a credential or transferring to a four-year higher education institution. The report should also describe the criteria that the system will use to identify high-risk students who should receive intensive, mandatory advising; describe the circumstances that will prompt mandatory academic advising meetings; estimate the total number of students who would be eligible; estimate the total cost of equipping each college to provide such advising; and identify the potential sources of funding for implementing the plan. The report should describe how the existing College Success Coach Initiative program could be expanded to achieve these purposes. The report should also describe the resources that would be necessary to require students to attend new-student orientation before enrolling in courses and to complete the student development course during their first semester, and such requirements should at least apply to students who are seeking a degree or credential and who have been identified by VCCS as being at-risk of non-completion. The report should be provided to the Secretary of Education and the Chairman of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by September 1, 2018."


(This amendment directs VCCS to evaluate and report on how its 23 community colleges can increase their academic advising capacity. This was a recommendation issued in the 2017 JLARC report "Operations and Performance of the Virginia Community College System".)