Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

by Ellen Davenport

Editor’s Note:

VCCS leaders have been making the rounds, reaching out to state decision-makers in support of Governor Northam’s G3 proposal to increase access to targeted community college programs.

Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs Sharon Morrissey presented the case to a legislative sub-committee today (Jan. 28). Last week, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois made a well-received appearance before the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, urging business leaders to support the proposal.

Several VCCS college presidents have penned op-eds in support of the proposal.  A column co-authored by LFCC President Kimberly Blosser and BRCC President John Downey has been published in at least five Virginia newspapers in the Shenandoa Valley and Piedmont region.

PVCC President Frank Friedman’s op-ed was picked up by his local newspaper in Charlottesville, and PDCCC President Daniel Lufkin’s column was picked up in two of his service area newspapers.

GCC’s Janet Gullickson’s G3 op-ed also was published in her service area, as was a letter to the editor from the GCC’s local college board chair.

Five college presidents got together to offer an op-ed promoting G3: John Capps, CVCC; Patricia Huber, NRCC; John Rainone, DSLCC; Dean Sprinkle, WCC; and Robert Sandel, VWCC.  The piece has been published in the Roanoke Times. And, Jim Shaeffer at ESCC has placed an op-ed in the Eastern Shore newspaper AND on local radio.

The following is drawn from Ellen Davenport’s most recent report from the General Assembly. Davenport is assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations, and is the VCCS’s eyes and ears at the General Assembly:

Report of Friday, January 24, 2020:

Presidents, especially with legislators on either the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee, or the Higher Education Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, are also strongly encouraged to visit these legislators before February 7 and bring students with them who live in the legislators’ districts and would qualify for G3. Contacts from all stakeholders will be extremely helpful to advance the initiative and preserve the funding that is included in the Governor’s introduced budget.

Post-Secondary and Higher Ed Subcommittee of House Education Committee

The following bills were heard in the Post-Secondary and Higher Ed Subcommittee of the House Education Committee on Jan. 22, and resulting recommendations were made for action when the full House Education Committee meets on Monday, Jan. 27:

HB 104 (Lindsey) was recommended for reporting. This bill requires each public institution of higher education to adopt non-academic student codes of conduct. The bill mandates that students and student organizations that participate in the non-academic student codes of conduct process as a complainant or respondent shall have the responsibilities and rights afforded to them by the institution’s codes of conduct and related policies and procedures. When an accused student or student organization faces the potential sanctions of suspension or expulsion, the bill outlines the procedures that the codes of conduct shall include.

HB 194 and 195 (Orrock) are recommended to be carried over until the FY 2021 session.

HB 499 (Davis) requires the Higher Education Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee) to (i) develop a methodology by which to rate the performance of each public institution of higher education and (ii) review and make recommendations for changes to existing funding methodology and targeted financial incentives. HB 499 did not have a motion to advance to the full House Education Committee.

HB 1529 (Bulova) stipulates that when a public institution of higher education accepts a donation, gift, or similar financial support that is predicated upon the acceptance of certain terms and conditions by the public institution of higher education that the donor must be provided with a written document that acknowledges that public institution of higher education has accepted these terms and conditions. The bill also requires that the public institution of higher education must retain a copy of the document and subject it to the provisions of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. HB 1529 was passed by for the day.

Several bills determined to have a fiscal impact by Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn were re-referred to the House Appropriations Committee. These bills include:
HB 300 and HB 811 dealing with student athletes (the bills were combined and amended to exclude the section outlining responsibilities for the Chancellor to convene a work group outlining recommendations for the compensation and representation of student athletes at Virginia’s community colleges); and
HB 992 changing the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership to a political subdivision.'

Ellen Davenport

Ellen Davenport is assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the VCCS. She works with the Chancellor and Virginia's 23 community college presidents to advance the financial and policy priorities of the VCCS with the Virginia General Assembly and Congress.

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