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McDonnell asks higher education commission to help create 100,000 new college degrees

Anita Kumar

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.

By Anita Kumar  |  July 12, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I hope he was planning providing the funding for all those students. Or allowing for the increased tuition charges to help cover the costs.

Also, is anyone else embarrassed by Liberty "University" being associated with actual universities in Virginia at this event?

Posted by: jmjacobs05 | July 12, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Great, now we'll have even more college graduates out of work waiting for those new jobs Governor Bob is going to create! And I agree with you jmjacobs05, associating Liberty with any institution of higher learning is embarassing.

Posted by: oldwolf53 | July 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

And this will be funded how?

Posted by: jckdoors | July 12, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if he considers Glenn Beck U an accredited college?

Posted by: racerdoc | July 12, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Bob McJesusfreak undoubtedly would prefer those 100K degrees be awarded by the likes of his faux-law school at Regent University.
In keeping with his vision of a theocratic Virginia government.

Posted by: kinkysr | July 12, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Talk is cheap. He has already cut millions from higher education funding. This will make nice headlines for a few days.

Posted by: jrs2 | July 12, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

So us good citizens of Virginia get a report, no action, just a report 1/4 through the governor's term.

Bobbie McD promised to pave the roads with offshore oil, not mentioning that oil would come on line, if at all, many years from now. Bobbie McD promised to sell the liquor stores for an amount no sane business person would consider. Then Bobbie McD was told by the legislature Virginia needed to revenue from the liquor stores to fund basic services. So another study still in progress. Bobbie McD is going to send Virginia to the "poor house" with his studies which only pave over his "fact less" election parables. What's the saying about "fools" --- there are several.

And sadly in the next election too many Virginians will be lulled by more empty promises and Virginia will continue to head downhill.

Posted by: Willis3 | July 13, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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