SCHEV Officials Outline Budget Request Before BOV

Posted: November 29, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Officials from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) appeared before the Board of Visitors (BOV) yesterday to preview its upcoming budget recommendations to the governor and General Assembly for 2002-04.

As outlined by Carl Kelly, chair of SCHEV, the recommendations include $10.9 million in faculty salary increases; $14.4 million in base budget adequacy for the institution; $2.2 million in student financial aid; and $653,000 toward the higher education equipment trust fund. Additionally, he noted, SCHEV is asking that George Mason’s delayed capital projects be reinstated and that the university receive $74.7 million in nongeneral funds that address a number of stand-alone projects.

These recommendations, however, do not address the growth projections for George Mason and Virginia’s colleges and universities that have been put forward by the state. Kelly and Phyllis Palmiero, executive director of SCHEV, could not guarantee that any of these numbers will be reflected in the budget proposals to be made in December by outgoing Governor James Gilmore. Kelly did assure the BOV that they would be working hard to convince the General Assembly of George Mason’s needs, particularly that the university be the one institution to accommodate the bulk of the expected college-age students over the next 10 years.

In other action, the BOV approved the creation of a number of degree programs. They are: B.S. in information technology; M.A. in transportation policy, operations and logistics; M.S. in earth systems science; M.S. in environmental science and policy; L.L.M. in intellectual property law; L.L.M. in law and economics; and B.A./B.S. in astronomy.

The BOV also approved the change of status for the program in environmental science and policy to a department.

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