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Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF)

HEETF was created in 1986 by the General Assembly to provide a funding mechanism to upgrade a large amount of deficient and obsolete equipment needed for instruction and research in higher education.  Per the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), since 1996 the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF) has been used to accomplish the following goals:

  • Significantly reduce the amount of obsolete technology and equipment
  • Provide every student with access to an appropriate level of information and technology
  • Establish a statewide network that supports and encourages sharing and cooperation
  • Provide every faculty member with appropriate equipment and training to use technology in support of teaching and learning
  • Support faculty in the introduction of new ways of instruction and learning, provide courses customized to student needs, and take advantage of distance-learning opportunities
  • Install high quality, easy-access, network-deliverable student support services, such as transcripts, grades, class scheduling, and account balance and payment information
  • Install management information systems that are flexible and directly accessible to users to help support administrative restructuring and cost-containment

Requests for HEETF are collected as follows. 

  • Materials and instructions are provided to each department by the Dean’s Office for distribution to their faculty.
  • A Google Sheet template contains separate worksheets for HEETF requests related to instruction, research and academic support/student services/ institutional support.
  • Requests are sent via the department to Ms. Ruth McIntosh-Brandt in the Dean’s Office. Requests are due by close of business on Friday, July 24.
  • The Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training, in consultation with the Dean of the School of Medicine, will prioritize the research requests submitted by each department and submit a prioritized worksheet to the Vice President for Health Sciences by Monday, July 27. 
  • The vice president’s office will review requests from other MCV campus units and transmit their recommendations to Candy Gordon at crbraswe@vcu.edu no later than July 31, 2020.
  • Research requests from all schools and units will be evaluated and ranked by a committee formed by the Vice President for Research and Innovation in August for submission by the Controller’s Office to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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