Virginia Community College System; changes to ensure a standard quality of education. (SB631)

Introduced By

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) with support from co-patrons Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania), Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public institutions of higher education; course credit. Makes several changes relating to course credit at public institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, including requiring (i) the Virginia Community College System to develop a 15-credit-hour Passport Program and a 30-credit-hour Uniform Certificate of General Studies Program to be offered at each comprehensive community college and for which courses are transferable, except in certain circumstances, to each baccalaureate public institution of higher education and (ii) each baccalaureate public institution of higher education to develop pathway maps that clearly set forth the courses that a student at a comprehensive community college is encouraged to complete prior to transferring to the baccalaureate institution. This bill incorporates SB 77 and SB 107 and is identical to HB 919. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101133D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2018Assigned Education sub: Higher Education
02/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB631)
02/08/2018Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/08/2018Reported from Finance with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106697D-S1
02/08/2018Incorporates SB77 (Sturtevant)
02/08/2018Incorporates SB107 (Suetterlein)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Read second time
02/13/2018Committee amendment rejected
02/13/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/13/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106697D-S1
02/13/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB631S1
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Placed on Calendar
02/19/2018Read first time
02/19/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/22/2018Assigned App. sub: Higher Education
02/26/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/27/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB631S1)
02/27/2018Reported from Appropriations with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Committee substitute printed 18107643D-H1
02/28/2018Read second time
03/01/2018Passed by for the day
03/02/2018Passed by for the day
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107643D-H1
03/05/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB631H1
03/05/2018Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Title replaced 18107643D-H1
03/08/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB631ER)
03/08/2018Signed by Speaker
03/09/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB631ER)
03/10/2018Signed by President
03/16/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 16, 2018
03/16/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/09/2018Governor's substitute printed 18108415D-S2
04/18/2018Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation #'s 3 and 4 (97-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018G Governor's recommendation adopted in-part
04/18/2018Communicated to Governor
04/18/2018Reenrolled bill text (SB631ER2)
04/18/2018Signed by President as reenrolled
04/18/2018Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/18/2018Enacted, Chapter 845 (effective 7/1/18)
04/18/2018House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N)
04/18/2018G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/18/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0845)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.