VCU seeks public input for new strategic plan
Town hall events will be held April 21 and 24.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University will hold two town hall meetings this month to collect public feedback on its next strategic plan.
These meetings will take place:
- April 21, 9–10:30 a.m.: Academic Learning Commons, Room 2104
- April 24, 3:30–5 p.m.: Sanger Hall, Room 2020
In addition to providing an update on the progress of the plan, these town halls will offer an opportunity for the VCU community to provide their input on key themes emerging from the plan thus far.
These themes include VCU’s national prominence, local impact, student success, diversity and inclusion, and enhancing the university’s work culture.
This new strategic plan, scheduled to be implemented in fall 2018, will build off the success of the current Quest for Distinction, which has been in place since 2011.
Since Quest’s implementation, VCU has seen significant progress toward its goal of becoming a premier urban, public research university, thanks to the shared commitment of its faculty, staff and leadership.
Quest’s major themes — which emphasize innovative learning and living experiences; advancing knowledge through integrating health, research, scholarship and creative expression; and community engagement and regional impact — have guided the university forward on a number of key issues.
Under the plan, for instance, VCU’s four-year graduation rate has improved by 10 percent, while its six-year graduation rate has climbed 5 percent. Underrepresented minority enrollment has grown by 11 percent since 2012, meaning these students now make up a third (33.6 percent) of the university’s undergraduate population.
Likewise, the university has added 244 full-time teaching and research faculty under Quest, and increased the number of tenure-track faculty by more than 20 positions. Sponsored research has also grown by $10 million during Quest, despite cuts in federal funding levels during this time.