LEAP State: Virginia

Member Organization: Private institutions, public institutions affiliated with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and the Virginia Assessment Group

Year Joined: 2006

LEAP State Mission: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and the Virginia Assessment Group joined LEAP States as a statewide vehicle for enhancing policies and practices that support a quality liberal education for all Virginians. SCHEV and the Virginia Assessment Group aim to improve graduation rates and workforce outcomes, as well as enhance the quality of the educational experiences at every step of the way.  

Featured Initiatives:

  • The steering committee for the Virginia Faculty Collaboratives project has created a connectivist (supporting the idea that people learn by connecting with ideas and other people across space, time, and spheres of influence) MOOC (massive open online course), or cMOOC.  "Open Learning '17," launched in January 2017, gives faculty wide-ranging experiences in web-based digital affordances, while simultaneously building an open, sustainable online professional development network. Participants create their own blogs and take part in synchronous events (e.g. Twitter chats, webinars, etc.) and asynchronous events (e.g. blogging, readings, annotation via Hypothes.is, podcasts, etc.), with new topics every week. The course is open to anyone (and, at time of writing, includes participants in three countries, 15 states and the District of Columbia), can be adapted for many contexts and topics, and will leave behind a host of digital pedagogical resources that anyone can use.

  • The Virginia Assessment Group (VAG) has been incorporating LEAP principles and practices into its annual conference since 2010. In 2013, the VAG partnered with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to discuss LEAP with chief academic officers.  The 2015 conference, titled "Knowing Our Worth," focused on the value of the group's assessment practices, and offered ways to make assessment both meaningful and accessible to campus partners and other stakeholders. Presentations from the 2015 conference may be found here.

Contact: Beverly Covington, Policy Analyst, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, beverlycovington@schev.edu

 


For more information, contact Eddie Watson, Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives, at watson@aacu.org