The University of Virginia says it has no plans to break ties with the state and become a private school. This comes after a UVA panel suggested the change, which would cause tuition to go up and mean more out-of-state students.
Proposals to separate UVA from the state circulated before but never with success. A new report now provides steps on exactly how the university could become more autonomous. The university says the proposal does not represent President Teresa Sullivan's views that it is a Virginia institution. UVA spokesperson McGregor McCance says it was just a working draft by a group considering options for a strategic plan, and that it had not been finalized or approved by Sullivan.
The UVA report, recently revealed by the Washington Post, is from April. It claims to be a call for transformative action. It recommends the university break ties to the commonwealth, stop accepting state funds, increase tuition levels for in-state students and accept more students who are not Virginia residents. UVA says that report was just a working draft by a group considering options for a strategic plan, and leaders say they have no plans at this point to separate the university from the state.
"Make no mistake that the University of Virginia is committed to its mission to continue operating as a public university. That is something President Sullivan has been very consistent with during her time at the university," McCance said.
McCance said the university has no plans to stop accepting state funds, increase the number of students who are out-of-state residents or increase tuition for in-state residents. McCance said the final strategic plan would require approval by the board of visitors in November.
McCance shared with NBC29 a document called "Public University Principles" that he said was a honed version of the April recommendations. Though there is no call for transformation or specific recommendations, the new document recommends more autonomy for the public university.
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