Va. higher ed council seeks additional $109M

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia on Monday approved budget recommendations that ask for an additional $109 million, in part to help pay for a 2 percent salary increase for faculty, the Associated Press reports. SCHEV unanimously approved its budget recommendations, which now go to the governor and the General Assembly for consideration. Chairman Gil Bland thanked lawmakers for the $258 million investment in higher education that was approved last year. But he said additional funding was needed to help ease rising tuition costs and to keep Virginia’s schools competitive in drawing both students and staff.

“While the Council acknowledges the Commonwealth’s financial constraints, we believe that additional funding in the second year of the biennium will help mitigate tuition increase, encourage innovation, and improve institutional and student performance,” Bland said in a release…

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