We are excited to announce that the College now has a Legislative Issues web page that allows us to provide you with periodic alerts on issues affecting Longwood College. The new web site also provides you the capability of communicating with legislators on key issues. You will find the icon for Legislative Issues on the blue banner at the top of Longwood's home page (www.longwood.edu).
The Legislative Issues web page will allow us to communicate with you quickly when key issues arise in Richmond and Washington, D.C. As you are aware, the General Assembly sessions at the state level and Congress at the federal level move at a rapid pace and this new tool will enable us to keep you informed of critical issues quickly.
For those of you who do not have access to the Internet, I will be happy to send out notices through the mail if you will provide me your name and address.
There are several major issues facing Longwood as we head into the upcoming session. There is, of course, the great uncertainty of the revenues that will be available. As you know, the General Assembly ended its last session without approving an amended budget for the current fiscal year. This means that the funding for our new science building has been frozen, there were no additional funds for our current enrollment (95% a are Virginians), and our faculty and staff did not receive salary increases.
During the upcoming session, we will be seeking the restoration of the funding for the new science building; maintaining the previous appropriation for the Ruffners (to supplement the fire insurance monies); additional funds to reconstruct Grainger, as well as a number of other projects from our six-year capital plan. On the operating side, the College supports and endorses the Base Funding Adequacy Model developed by the Joint Subcommittee on Higher Education Funding Policies, which would bring the College up to the level of funding that it should have. Additionally, we will be seeking additional operating funds for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston; replacement of the College's information systems; student financial aid; and, to develop two new degree programs.
We look forward to keeping you better informed of Longwood's needs and issues and hope that you will support us in these endeavors.
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