Virginia Commonwealth University’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, sets forth the vision for VCU to become the nation’s premier urban, public research university. It rests upon four themes that outline the university’s institutional priorities, strategies and initiatives.
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 pre-eminence as an urban, public research university by making contributions in research, scholarship, creative expression and clinical practice to advance knowledge and enhance the quality of life.
Achieve national recognition as a fully integrated research university with a commitment to human health.
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.
Quest for Distinction — VCU’s strategic plan — embodies the university’s dedication to advancing knowledge and student success — a dual commitment that is exceptional among research universities.
Read the latest annual report to learn how, all across the university, VCU broke records, set standards and achieved real successes that matter.
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.
The RamSmart campaign steers the VCU community to a website that pools all of the university’s best resources related to safety, wellness and preparedness into one easily accessible area.
University-level initiatives include student success, faculty/staff excellence, research and innovation, community impact, and resource accountability.
VCU’s enterprise risk management program is a comprehensive approach to identifying risks that could severely impact the university.
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