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Executive Summary

The Virginia State University Strategic Plan describes how, over a period of six years, VSU will move into the future and contribute significantly to the realization of the Commonwealth’s objectives for higher education.

A progressive institution, VSU seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state, and nation through teaching, research, creative expression, and public service. This plan focuses resources on the advancement of student success and graduation. In doing so, it embraces the concept of “student-centered” as a core institutional value, the goal of increasing access to higher education for Virginia residents, and the removal of impediments to student retention, progression, and timely graduation.

This plan challenges VSU to optimize its resources, maintain a level of academic program quality compliant with State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Instructional Performance Standards, and provide an enriching academic environment in which students can study, learn, and develop through their interaction with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community leaders. The premise of the University’s Strategic Plan is “building a better world” through a commitment to excellence and the provision of a teaching/learning environment that promotes and encourages high levels of student achievement.

Five priorities provide the organizing framework for the Strategic Plan:

  1. Expanded Constituent Services and Productivity
  2. Programmatic Sustainability and Sponsored research
  3. Global and Civic Engagement
  4. Infrastructural Innovation
  5. Entrepreneurship for the Millennial Academic Enterprise
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