From such funds as may be appropriated, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, previously established as an off-campus center of Longwood University, is hereby continued as an educational institution in the Commonwealth and shall be referred to in this chapter as the “Center.” The Center shall:
1. Encourage the expansion of higher education, including adult and continuing education, associate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs in the region, and foster partnerships between the public and private sectors to enhance higher education in the region;
2005, cc. 774, 799.