“As a parent of four children who have attended, or will soon attend, one of Virginia’s public universities, I am acutely aware of the costs and challenges facing families and students today,” Siobhan Dunnavant wrote in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today.
Dunnavant represents the 12th District in the Virginia Senate, and is a practicing OB-GYN in Henrico.
“The fact is, college tuition has gotten too expensive and it is long past time for us to come together to find ways to make accessing and affording college easier for Virginia students. That’s a goal we all should agree on.”
Dunnavant believes “that one means by which we can help accomplish this goal is through building upon a policy first initiated by my predecessor in the state Senate,” referring to Sen. Walter Stosch. Stomach who successfully passed the legislation that created the Two-Year College Transfer Grant Program (CTG).
That is why Dunnavant introduced a bill in the Senate to develop Passport Credits (SB1234).
“I’m pleased to report that the bill passed the Senate, and on Wednesday it was also passed by the House Higher Education Subcommittee. It now moves to the full House Education Committee. A Passport Credit would be a general education requirement universally recognized by any baccalaureate program in Virginia. Colleges and universities would work with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to collaborate and design the criteria for general education classes.”
To read the complete op-ed, visit the Richmond Times-Dispatch here.
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