2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB1800 (Conference Report)

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SCHEV - Cost Study

Item 152 #3c

Item 152 #3c

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Higher Education
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia FY2021 $0 FY2022 $300,000 GF
FY2021 0.00 FY2022 1.00 FTE

Page 205, line 6, strike "$18,335,818" and insert "$18,635,818".

Page 208, after line 36, insert:

"U. 1. Out of this appropriation, $300,000 the second year from the general fund is designated to support related costs of undertaking a review of higher education costs, funding needs, appropriations and efficiencies.

2. The State Council of Higher Education, in consultation with representatives from House Appropriations Committee, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, Department of Planning and Budget, Secretary of Finance, and Secretary of Education, as well as representatives of public higher education institutions, shall review methodologies to determine higher education costs, funding needs, and appropriations in Virginia. The review shall identify and recommend: (1) methods to determine appropriate costs, including a detailed cost analysis of Virginia institutions and peer institutions; (2) measures of efficiency and effectiveness, including identifying opportunities for mitigating costs, increasing financial efficiencies, and incorporating current best practices employed by Virginia institutions and other institutions, nationwide; (3) provisions for any new reporting requirements, including a possible periodic review of cost data and strategies employed to implement efficient and effective operational practices; (4) strategies to allocate limited public resources based on outcomes that align with state needs related to affordability, access, completion, and workforce alignment, and the impact on tuition and pricing; (5) the impact of funding on underrepresented student populations; and (6) a timeline for implementation.

3. The review shall build on existing efforts including the assessment of base adequacy, recommendations provided through the Strategic Finance Plan, and peer institution comparisons to determine if existing funding models should be updated or replaced. It shall also build on promising practices and include input from Virginia's institutions, policy makers, and other education experts.  Any such review and assessment shall consider the mix of programs, mission, enrollment level, and other characteristics of Virginia's public institutions of higher education.

4. The Council shall submit a proposed workplan to the Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Higher Education in Virginia by August 15, 2021. The Council shall submit a preliminary report and any related recommendations to the Governor and the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by December 1, 2021 with a final report by July 1, 2022."


(This amendment restores funding for a review to benchmark costs for higher education using historic trends and comparisons to other state, institution, and national data and to identify methods to allocate additional funds to higher education when available.)