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McDonnell forms higher education commission

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell has established a commission on higher education reform, innovation and investment (for those of you who are counting, this would be executive order number nine).

Among other things, the commission will be charged with trying to Increase the number of in-state Virginians enrolling in colleges, preparing students for fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and health care, and making college more affordable.

The commission will be comprised of 30 members, het to be named. It will submit a final report to McDonnell by Nov. 30.

"It is imperative we do more to expand access and affordability at Virginia's colleges and universities,'' McDonnell said in a statement. "Our institutions of higher learning are known worldwide for their innovation, research and quality. Here in Virginia they are job-creators and economic drivers. We must ensure they continue to operate at the highest levels, while remaining accessible to Virginia students."

McDonnell also announced that Laura Fornash, director of state government relations at Virginia Tech, will serve as deputy secretary of education.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 26, 2010; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Who wants to bet that not a single person with a PhD in Education will be on this commission?

It will be comprised of political stooges, business owners and others who still think the positivist epistemology is the way to go.

Oh, but one common factor will be their commitment to prayer in school and abstinence-only programs.

Come on ... who wants to take this bet?

Posted by: topwriter | March 27, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

u r on. somebody from pat robertson's u, then a liberal dose of phds from jerky falwell, jr.'s place (libertine university). look at the ayn rand u, then consult a creepitologist for some other nominees. there is no bar to right wing whackos getting a phd in education. all you need is love. and bucks. and love of bucks. your state tax dollars at work. bob's for jobs: 31 of them counted in this article alone.

Posted by: bnglfn | March 27, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Virginia continues its descent. Maybe they can just recruit the Texas BOE.

Posted by: 12345leavemealone | March 27, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Putting aside the arguments in favor of geographic diversity in our universities, I eagerly await McDonnell's plan to replace the much higher tuition paid by out-of-state students. Or does he have a secret kitty from which to fund the expansion of our institutes of higher education?

I expect it's the same plan (or pot of gold at the end of the rainbow) he intends to use to improve transportation.

Posted by: st50taw | March 27, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Kumar:

I see that you are keeping track of the number of Taliban Bob's Executive Orders; how any Executive Directives has he issued so far?

Posted by: TomPaine2 | March 27, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell has made so many cuts to K-12 education...I wonder how many of Va's children will even apply and be accepted into any college in Va.?

wonder what the budget for this commission will be? And based on my conversations with the Gov, I guarantee there will be no emphasis on the arts.

Posted by: ilcn | March 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Privatize higher ed. Let them charge what they need to operate. VA taxes only cover ~10% of their budgets anyway.

Posted by: millionea7 | March 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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