Virginia Commonwealth University’s six-year strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, sets forth the vision for VCU to be the nation’s premier urban, public research university. Now in the final two years, Quest rests upon three themes that outline the university’s institutional priorities, goals and strategies.
Become a leader among national research universities in providing all students with high-quality learning/living experiences focused on inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global environment.
Attain distinction as a fully integrated urban, public research university through contributions in human health, research, scholarship and creative expression that advance knowledge and enhance the quality of life.
Become a national model for community engagement and regional impact.
For more information, visit the VCU strategic plan website for the latest updates, implementation process and copies of the full Quest for Distinction document and executive summary.
CURA@VCU published a report measuring and analyzing the economic and social impacts of VCU on Richmond, the broader region and the state. Learn more about VCU’s contributions to the area’s talent, innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, regional stewardship and the local culture. Read the report.
In the 2016 State of the University address, VCU President Michael Rao defined the challenges facing higher education and the perception that universities have become institutions rather than a place for opportunity. The 2015–16 University Annual Report, titled “Yes,” reinforces VCU’s relevancy – and the opportunities it creates – even in the changing landscape of higher education.
VCU’s model of shared governance reflects our mission of fostering collaboration, transparency and trust among individuals and groups across the university. Read our statement to learn more about our shared governance model and the philosophy behind it.
Grow by Degrees is a statewide campaign that aims to expand job opportunities and economic growth in Virginia through reform-based reinvestment in the state’s higher education system. Priorities include awarding 100,000 more college degrees by 2025.
The Great Place Initiative aims to strengthen the human element upon which Quest for Distinction — VCU’s strategic plan — is based by focusing on aspects of benefits, culture, recognition and work/life balance within the framework of strong core values of civility and respect.
VCU’s enterprise risk management program is a comprehensive approach to identifying risks that could severely impact the university.
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