McDonnell asks higher education commission to help create 100,000 new college degrees
Gov. Bob McDonnell told members of his new higher education commission this morning that he wants to start creating 100,000 college degrees next year as he looks to make good on a campaign pledge from last fall.
McDonnell, who addressed members briefly as they kicked off their first meeting, told them that their jobs were crucial in helping find "more access to the American dreams for our young people."
The commission is meeting all morning at John Tyler Community College in Midlothian. It is also being streamed live online.
The commission is charged with trying to Increase the number of in-state students enrolling in colleges, preparing students for fields such as science, technology, engineering, math and health care, and preventing significant and unexpected tuition increases.
The commission on higher education reform, innovation and investment, created by executive order number nine, is expected to submit recommendations to McDonnell by Nov. 30.
McDonnell's high school pal, Tom Farrell, president and chief executive officer of Dominion Resources and former rector of the University of Virginia, is the chairman. Members include presidents of several Virginia colleges and universities, legislators and business and education policy experts. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) also attended.
July 12, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories: Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Robert F. McDonnell
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