Delegate Landes Tours UVa, Talks Future of Higher Education

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (NEWSPLEX) -- State Delegate Steve Landes is spending four days touring state facilities and made a stop at the University of Virginia Wednesday. On his agenda was taking a look at the school and get a better grasp on the needs for the future of funding in higher education.

Landes is Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, which has jurisdiction over the state budget. That means he has to help set priorities for funding.

His tour of UVa was a reminder of the delicate balance that needs to be struck moving forward.

"We're going to have to balance kind of the future of higher education and that is looking at more online courses and trying to get people not only graduating on time but probably even quicker than four years in the future based on what they can accomplish in secondary school or even community colleges," said Landes.

"We have to balance that against the needs currently of the students that are already here and are going to be here for the next ten or 15 years,” added Landes. “But also then planning what the university's needs are going to be from a student space standpoint for 30 or 40 or 50 years."

He still feels that there will continue to be a desire for students to have a traditional college experience at schools like UVa.

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