Quest for Distinction

Implementing the plan

The four themes in Quest for Distinction are the framework upon which Virginia Commonwealth University seeks to pursue our vision as a premier urban, public research university. With the plan’s themes as a guide, the university level initiatives (ULIs) then describe the ways in which that broad vision becomes a reality. The ULIs have an impact on the university as a whole and generally represent:

  • High-level university goals that may require multiple years to achieve
  • A commitment to cross-division (vice president-level) collaborations that move the strategic plan forward and enable new mechanisms to plan, govern and successfully implement specific strategies
  • A formalized presidential charge that outlines expectations, deliverables, accountability and broad time frames
  • The intended impact on Quest themes and expected progress toward 2018 targets

University-level initiatives

University-level initiative 1 - Student success
Enhance academic quality and student success.

University-level initiative 2 - Faculty/staff excellence
Attract, retain and support faculty and staff.

University level initiative 3 - Research and innovation
Advance the discovery of new knowledge, creative expression and innovation.

University-level initiative 4 - Community impact
Contribute to the economic, cultural and civic vitality of the region and the world. 

University-level initiative 5 - Resource accountability
Be responsible stewards of resources.