Degrees Make dollars and sense for Virginia

The correlation between obtaining a college degree and increased opportunities for good jobs, rewarding careers and the ability for students to make positive contributions to the community is at the center of a statewide higher education campaign endorsed by Old Dominion.

Grow By Degrees is focused on the direct return on investment that can be achieved through a sustained funding program for higher education in Virginia, along with implementing innovative ideas that can result in efficiencies and cost savings on campuses. The Grow By Degrees coalition has a mission of awarding 100,000 more high-quality degrees over the next 15 years.

This objective of increasing the number of Virginians with college degrees is also a core component of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment. ODU President John R. Broderick was appointed by the governor to this important commission and is helping develop policy directives that will ultimately make a college degree in Virginia more accessible and more affordable.

Broderick is on the Innovation and Cost Containment Committee, which is exploring ways colleges and universities can use new technologies such as distance learning, collaborate for course offerings and other initiatives, and develop partnerships with the business community to seek new pathways to degree attainment. The commission will make recommendations to the governor to take to the 2011 Virginia General Assembly.

ODU encourages alumni and friends to follow the work of the commission and consider joining the Grow By Degrees coalition. More information, and an electronic sign-up form, can be found at www.growbydegrees.org.