SREB and Virginia

Overview

SREB and Virginia

An overview of SREB programs and services and how Virginia participates in them.

Appropriations from member states support core SREB services. SREB leverages the longstanding commitment of member states to attract external funding for additional programs and services that benefit member states. States may also choose to join targeted networks for additional fees.

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Policy

Goals for Education | Monitoring State Policies

Monitoring and reporting to assist education leaders and policymakers as they shape public policy. SREB tracks trends and analyzes the progress of all 16 SREB states in each area in the Challenge to Lead 2020 Goals for Education and provides Legislative Reports that detail legislative and budget actions in each state.

SREB’s Insights data tool allows leaders to explore actions across states, delve into a topic for a deeper understanding or select a detailed state report.

College and Career Readiness

Readiness in State Accountability Systems

SREB’s benchmarking team distilled key elements of SREB states’ accountabiity systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act into interactive profiles at Insights.SREB.org.

Virginia’s profile describes the state’s new accountability system under ESSA. 

In October 2018, SREB updated the state profiles and published a regional report on five ways SREB states prioritized readiness in their ESSA plans.

Between April 2017 and January 2018, SREB hosted monthly conference call meetings of a state accountability network, for SREB member states to share ideas and discuss questions about redesigning and implementing state accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Two state education agency leaders from Virginia participated.

Career and Technical Education 

State Leaders Forum 

Annual meeting for teams of legislators, policymakers, state board members, secondary and postsecondary education leaders, and workforce development agency representatives. Attendees explore policies and practices that help more young adults graduate prepare for postsecondary credentials and degrees and good jobs.

Virginia attendees at SREB’s State Leaders Forum in December 2018: 5

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Educator Effectiveness

Advises state and district leaders as they develop strategies to support the professional growth of teachers and principals.

Technical Assistance

In the last 12 months, SREB’s educator effectiveness team provided general policy and practice resources.

reports and data

SREB produced the following resources for Virginia leaders over the past year:

Improving Educator Feedback and Support: Lessons from Eight States, February 2019, which shares a summary of technical assistance provided to half of the SREB states from 2015-2018.

School Is My Happy Place, May 2018, which showcases the innovative strategies used to develop a positive school culture at an elementary school in central Florida.

Mentoring New Teachers: A Fresh Look, January 2018, which proposes three action areas for states, districts and schools to support the development of novice educators and their mentors.

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Teacher Preparation 

SREB’s Teacher Preparation Commission met in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and published its final report and recommendations in late 2018.​

Postsecondary Education

Affordability

SREB’s Commission on College Affordability in the South recommended policies and practices to keep college costs within reach of all students. In addition to the Commission’s report, policymakers can draw on updated regional and individual state affordability profiles to understand how costs impact families at different income levels.

Virginia’s College Affordability Profile 2018 reports that, on average, families needed 36 percent of family income was needed in 2015-16 to cover educational costs at the state’s public four-year comprehensive or regional universities and 18 percent at public two-year colleges.

SREB featured Virginia’s New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program during its fall 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ office staff.

SREB convened state higher education agency executive officers in December 2018 to explore how SREB can best serve postsecondary agencies, to discuss issues facing  states and to solicit comments on SREB’s  strategic plan.  The executive director of the State Council for Higher Education participated.

SREB.org/Affordability

interstate Passport 

A framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of lower-division courses among institutions in different states.

Virginia is one of three SREB states participating by reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

State Services

Connects policymakers with custom information, presentations and assistance on education issues as they arise. Leaders in member states are encouraged to contact SREB for data, analysis and advice.

SREB staff visited Virginia to meet with legislators and staff, and attend committee meetings in 2019.

Throughout 2018-19, legislators, legislative staff and governor’s staff from Virginia requested assistance on topics including teacher salaries and career exploration in middle grades.

Meetings 

Staff from eight SREB states attended the 2018 meeting of legislative and governors’ staff to discuss topics that will likely be on agendas during upcoming legislative sessions.

Virginia legislators were among those in attendance at the 2018 meetings of SREB’s Legislative Advisory Council and Legislative Work Conference. 

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Curriculum and School Improvement

Making Schools Work

A school improvement process developed by SREB that engages K-12 educators and school leaders in identifying and studying problems of practice, implementing research-based solutions to those problems, and learning within a collaborative network of schools. Schools adopt Making Schools Work through designs for middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

Virginia is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

Advisory Council Member: David Eshelman, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, Virginia Department of Education; George Willcox, Virginia Department of Education

State Coordinator: Judith Sams, specialist, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, Virginia Department of Education

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB to implement Making Schools Work and receive targeted school improvement services such as professional development, instructional coaching and technical assistance.

One Virginia technology center contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

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Professional Development
For Teachers, Principals and Counselors

Making Schools Work Conference

Annual conference, formerly known as the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, for K-12 teachers, counselors, principals, technology center directors and state and district education agency personnel.

Virginia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 9

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College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

Conference that focuses on literacy and mathematics tools and strategies. Teams of educators and school leaders explore disciplinary literacy strategies and formative assessment lessons that engage students in math.

Virginia attendees at the July 2018 conference: 2

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Learning-Centered Leadership Program

Leadership preparation program that develops current or aspiring principals’ capacity to serve as effective instructional leaders who understand how to use data to locate and close gaps.

Virginia attendees at the 2018 Annual Leadership Forum: 2

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Postsecondary Education

Academic Common Market

A tuition-savings program for college students in SREB member states who want to pursue degrees not offered by in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the in-state tuition rates.

During calendar year 2017, 2,130 degree programs were available, 152 institutions participated and 3,355 new students were certified for study.

In 2017, 511 Virginia students participated in the Academic Common Market, saving, on average, $16,476 each and a collective total of $8,419,259 in tuition

Virginia ACM State Representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement 

A nationwide system to offer more high-quality distance education programs for students and ease the regulatory burden on institutions. SREB member states may opt in to offer distance education activities in other SARA states. By participating, colleges and universities in the SREB region save almost $30 million annually.

Virginia is an approved member of SARA.

Colleges and universities in Virginia saved $6.7 million for initial authorization and save $1.9 million annually on renewals, according to estimates in a return-on-investment study by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.

Virginia SARA representative: Darlene Derricott, Director of Academic Services, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

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Fact Book and Data Exchange

Fact Book

The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is a compilation of comparative data on topics including demographics; college enrollment, retention, progression and graduation; tuition and fees; student financial aid; state support for postsecondary education; and faculty salaries. The Fact Book is published bi-annually, but the data are updated annually and made available on the SREB website.​

Virginia leaders receive the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education and Virginia: Featured Facts From the SREB Fact Book on Higher Education .

SREB-State Data Exchange

An annual collection of postsecondary education data that are submitted by representatives (i.e., Data Exchange coordinators) of postsecondary education system offices. The data collected include degrees conferred, student retention and progression, time to degree, student credit hours taken by high school students and by college students in courses using distance education technology, state funding for postsecondary education, and tuition and fees.

SREB-State Data Exchange tables are posted on the SREB website.

Virginia’s participating agency and SREB-State Data Exchange coordinator: Tod R. Massa, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

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Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing

Helps expand and strengthen schools of nursing to reduce the critical shortage of nurse educators needed to educate the nation’s registered nurses. The Council surveys institutions for nursing education trends and shares online graduate nursing courses.

As of November 2018, seven Virginia institutions are members, listed here with their representatives to the Council:

George Mason University: Carol Urban, Director
Hampton University: Shevellanie Lott, Dean
James Madison University: Julie Sanford, Director
Old Dominion University: Karen Karlowicz, Chair
Shenandoah University: Kathleen LaSala, Dean
University of Virginia: Dorrie Fontaine, Dean
Virginia Commonwealth University: Jean Giddens, Dean

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Doctoral Scholars Program

Supports minority students to help them earn Ph.D.s, begin careers at colleges and universities, and diversify campus faculties. The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP) hosts the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation’s largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars, with more than 1,100 attendees. The data below reflect Ph.D. Scholars who are funded by the state or by individual institutions.​

Virginia scholars since 1993: 146
Virginia scholars funded in 2018-19: 28
2018 Institute attendees from Virginia: 71
Graduates since 1993: 80
Graduates currently employed: 70
Percent employed in education: 70

Virginia Ph.D. students in the DSP have attended these institutions since 1993:

College of William and Mary
George Mason University
James Madison University
North Carolina A&T State University
Old Dominion University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

SREB.org/DoctoralScholars >

Passport Project

A new learning outcomes-based framework to accelerate and streamline transfer of student course credits among institutions in different states. SREB has joined other regional compacts in the Passport Project.

Virginia is one of three SREB states reviewing learning outcomes for the Passport framework.

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Interstate Cooperatives

Go Alliance

An interstate cooperative to increase high school graduation rates, access to education beyond high school and postsecondary degree completion — particularly for those who would be the first in their families to enroll. Go Alliance research, services and professional development focus on college access policy and communications strategies to motivate students to plan for and apply to college.

Virginia is a Go Alliance member state.

Go Alliance Representative: Paula Robinson, Assistant Director of College Access and PK12 Outreach, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

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Technology Purchasing Savings

Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $8.3 million on over $83 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2018 — more than double the FY2017 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

Virginia saved $158,085 on $1,597,954​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018.

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