Tarbert to Head

NVCC Board

Northern Virginia Community College has named former Falls Church mayor Jeffrey J. Tarbert its new board chairman for 2005-06, officials said.

Tarbert, a senior vice president at the American Public Power Association, also served two terms on the Falls Church School Board. Tarbert succeeds Mary Jo Rasmussen of Fairfax City.

Carmin "Chuck" Caputo, representing Fairfax County, is the vice chairman.

GMU Plans

Open House

George Mason University in Fairfax will hold a graduate studies open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center.

The event will provide prospective students an opportunity to get information about and meet representatives and faculty from more than 70 graduate degree programs.

To make a reservation, call 703-993-2333 or visit www.admissions.gmu.edu/rsvp.

Schools' TV Program Online

Stories from the Fairfax County public school system's half-hour biweekly news and information TV program, "SchoolScene," will be available via video stream on the system's Web site, www.fcps.edu.

The segments will range in length from 30 seconds to four minutes. As the school year progresses, older stories will be archived on the Web page.

The project is funded by a grant from Nestle Nesquik.

"SchoolScene" airs at 6 p.m. daily and most days at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. on cable Channel 21.

For information, call 703-246-3661 or send an e-mail to jay.garant@fcps.edu.

College Standards


Virginia's higher education council has adopted standards by which the state will judge public colleges under a new law that gives the schools financial and operations benefits for meeting certain performance goals.

The Institutional Performance Standards contain measures for Virginia's 15 four-year institutions, 23 community colleges and Richard Bland College, a two-year institution. Under the higher education restructuring law, schools become eligible for greater financial and administrative flexibility if they meet the benchmarks.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, which approved the standards Friday, will now submit them to be incorporated into the state budget. The council will use the standards to determine whether colleges and universities are certified under the higher education restructuring law, based on performance targets agreed on by the council and the schools.

The rating system will gauge a college on 20 measures in several main areas, including providing accessible and affordable education; improving student retention and graduation; producing graduates that will fill the state's employment needs; maintaining and improving academic quality and efficiency; developing agreements that ease enrollment and transfer from two-year schools and high schools; boosting privately funded research; working with elementary and secondary schools to improve student success; and working with state officials to stimulate economic development.

Some university officials are pleased that the standards will measure for the first time the admission and graduation rates of transfer students, a large component of the student bodies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Old Dominion University in Norfolk and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

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