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Advisory Committees & Groups

SCHEV has several advisory committees — GPAC, FAC, IPAC, PCAB and CCAB. These committees advise the Council in its policy work and program administration.

Additionally the Council is in frequent communication with several other groups as part of their effort to achieve the Council's mission.

Career College Advisory Board

The Career College Advisory Board (CCAB) was established in 2004 by the Council to provide advisory services in academic and administrative matters and other issues related to private proprietary postsecondary education schools. Any private proprietary institution of higher education or academic-vocational non-degree school certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia is eligible to have a representative on CCAB.

Finance Advisory Committee

FAC meets monthly and consists of the chief financial officers of the fifteen four-year state-supported colleges and universities, Richard Bland College, the Virginia Community College System, and several community colleges.

General Professional Advisory Committee

The General Professional Advisory Committee (GPAC) is an advisory group that includes the presidents of the four-year state supported institutions of higher education, the president of Richard Bland College, the Chancellor of the Community College System, and several community college presidents. They meet once a month, usually on the fourth Tuesday of most months except July.

Instructional Programs Advisory Committee

IPAC meets monthly and consists of the provosts or chief academic officers of the fifteen four-year state-supported colleges and universities, the Provost of Richard Bland College, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Virginia Community College System, several community colleges and several private institutions.

Library Advisory Committee

LAC consists of Librarians from twenty-one Public and three Private colleges and universities. This committee also includes the Director of Library Automation and Learning Resources, the Senior Coordinator of Academic Affairs from the Council of Higher Education, the VIVA Project Director from George Mason University, and Librarian of Virginia from the Library of Virginia.

Military Education Advisory Committee

MEAC implements and monitors military-related education policies and facilitates communication regarding military education. The Committee is comprised of representatives from two- and four-year public institutions with liaisons from various interested state and military-related agencies.

Responsibilities of the Committee:
Advise the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and SCHEV staff on:

  1. elements of a statewide military-friendly policy for public institutions of higher education,
  2. quality advising and education delivery for military-related students, and
  3. compliance and/or regulatory issues that affect military-related students.

Open Virginia Advisory Committee

In support of SCHEV’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Higher Education, the Open Virginia Advisory Committee (OVAC) make recommendations to Council regarding initiatives and policies that may facilitate the adoption of open educational resources by the public institutions. In addition, the committee organizes events such as workshops and conferences to facilitate inter-institutional networking and the sharing of best practices. The OVAC consists of at least one representative from each public four-year institution, community college representatives designated by the Virginia Community College System, and representatives from the Library Advisory Committee (LAC).

Private College Advisory Board

PCAB meets at least once a year and consists of the presidents of the private not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Commonwealth.

State Coordinators for The Academic Common Market

State coordinators to contact for information about the Academic Common Market. Contact the coordinator of the state or commonwealth for which you are resident.

State Committee On Transfer

The SCT is charged with developing and monitoring transfer-related policies. The SCT consists of representatives from two- and four-year public and private institutions and state educational agencies.

Student Advisory Committee

SAC is comprised of students from 2- and 4-year institutions throughout the state who advise the Council on systemwide issues of concern to Virginia's college students.

Virginia Assessment Group

The Virginia Assessment Group (VAG) promotes quality higher education through assessment and institutional effectiveness practices in all higher education institutions.

Virginia’s Chief Transfer Officers

The Virginia Chief Transfer Officers serve as the institutional point of contact for transfer students and other external constituents on issues related to transfer. The VCTO is comprised of representatives from two- and four-year public and private institutions.