Top Stories - Commonwealth of Education

4/20/2022 by The VCF Board
Top 5 articles from the most recent edition

Here are the most popular articles read by you and your colleagues from last Friday's news digest about Virginia higher education.

1. Virginia’s Education Secretary Reveals Plan For Public Education (Dogwood)

2. Former DeVos aide appointed Virginia’s deputy secretary of education (Virginia Mercury… Read More

Ferrum College Adds Two Graduate Programs

4/11/2022 by The VCF Board

Ferrum College has expanded its graduate degree offerings with two new programs: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Coaching.

Both programs will be 100% online and can be completed in one year. The M.Ed program will begin on June 20, and the M.S. in Athletic Coaching will begin in the fall.

Read the full story… Read More

Averett Opens Center for Nursing Program in Norfolk

2/18/2022 by The VCF Board
Averett opens center for nursing program in Norfolk

Averett University opened its Norfolk Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Learning Center on Feb. 15.

The Averett School of Nursing launched its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in May, and already 60 students have enrolled. Some of those students joined others in officially celebrating the Hampton Roads… Read More

News from SCHEV | Feb 2022

2/9/2022 by The VCF Board

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RICHMOND — The State Council for Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) released three reports. They include a report on the 2021 workforce Credential Grants, a playbook for addressing unmet demand, and the annual report of the Office of the Qualified Loan Ombudsman. In addition, SCHEV released an… Read More

Governor Northam Announces New Funding Increases for TAG and HBCUs

12/13/2021 by The VCF Board

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today continued his ‘Thank You, Virginia’ Tour, announcing that his proposed two-year state budget will increase funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to record numbers. The proposal also raises the Tuition Assistance Grant to $5,000 from $4,000. TAG helps Virginia students attend private colleges, including HBCUs.

The Governor… Read More

How Baylor Steered Lower-Income Parents to Debt They Couldn’t Afford

10/18/2021 by The VCF Board

The Texas university and some other wealthy colleges guided families into no-limit Parent Plus loans, leaving them with onerous payments; ‘I will never get it all paid off’

WACO, Texas—Some of the wealthiest U.S. colleges are steering parents into no-limit federal loans to cover rising tuition, leaving many poor and middle-class families with debt they can’t… Read More

Bluefield College Becomes Bluefield University

8/20/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA –President Dr. David Olive was joined by Board of Trustees Chairman  Mr. Todd Asbury ’93 to make the exciting announcement that the institution will now be known as Bluefield University. The historic news was shared during President’s Convocation and the ceremonial beginning of the institution’s centennial celebration. 
“The discussion to transition to a… Read More

Mental Health Issues Are Rising on College Campuses

8/9/2021 by The VCF Board

His friends all told him to seek help, so Virginia Commonwealth University student Anirban Mahanty decided to find a therapist. He asked VCU, and the university referred him to three off-campus services that were all overwhelmed because of the pandemic.

Searching for assistance was a challenge. Feeling isolated, he struggled to complete daily tasks and gave up several times. After a… Read More

College Was Supposed to Close the Wealth Gap for Black Americans

8/8/2021 by The VCF Board

Black millennials thought college would help them get ahead. Instead, it is setting them back.

The median net worth of households with Black college graduates in their 30s has plunged over the past three decades to less than one-tenth the net worth of their white counterparts, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Federal Reserve data. The drop is driven by skyrocketing… Read More

Ferrum College Celebrates 30% Increase in Giving; Finishes Year with Over $2.5 Million Raised

7/13/2021 by The VCF Board

Ferrum College raised over $2.5 million this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), surpassing last year’s total by more than $600,000. In addition to the increase in overall fundraising, the College is also celebrating an uptick in its Arthur Society members, its leadership giving society for individuals and businesses who contribute over $1,000 annually. Read more about Ferrum’s giving… Read More