Charter Initiative Moves Forward

February 17, 2005

A Senate committee on Thursday, February 17th endorsed legislation that would give more independence to UVa and other Virginia public universities.

The bill would establish a three–tier system of autonomy for the state's 16 public colleges and require them to meet performance standards outlined in six–year financial and academic plans.

The Senate Education and Health Committee sent the measure to the full Senate, after adopting changes the House of Delegates made.

The most notable change drops the requirement that universities seeking the highest autonomy get the approval of four key legislative leaders for their management agreements. Under the modified measure, the agreements must be approved as part of the state budget.

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