Quest 2025: Together We Transform

VCU's strategic plan for 2018-2025

Welcome to the website for Quest 2025: Together We Transform. Quest 2025 provides high-level guidance and direction to ensure we are all working toward common goals. As the name implies, Quest 2025 serves as a successor to the 2012-18 strategic plan, Quest for Distinction, as we continue to make VCU the premier urban, public research university.

Four themes shape Quest 2025

  • Student success
  • National prominence
  • Collective urban and regional transformation
  • Diversity driving excellence  

Priorities for 2018-19

Detailed implementation plans will be developed annually to reflect the university’s highest priorities and their associated strategies, tactics, resources and metrics — ensuring accountability for results. The first of the detailed implementation plans, the 2018-19 Presidential Strategic Priorities Grid [DOC], includes specifics on the following strategies to advance delivery of the highest-quality experience and outcomes for our students and patients:

  • Refocus the undergraduate experience through interdisciplinary learning and the R.E.A.L. initiative
  • Implement enrollment strategies: decrease student debt; launch VCU Online; increase in-state, domestic and international out-of-state student enrollments
  • Strengthen teaching and research faculty compensation
  • Increase national research prominence
  • Achieve Make It Real capital campaign
  • Strengthen the patient experience significantly 
The Board of Visitors will consider 2019-20 priorities for approval in early fall. 

Our mission: The proposed mission statement is pending approval of the General Assembly

Virginia Commonwealth University and its academic health sciences center serve as one national urban public research institution dedicated to the success and well-being of our students, patients, faculty, staff and community through:

  • Real-world learning that furthers civic engagement, inquiry, discovery and innovation
  • Research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve the quality of human life
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships that advance innovation, enhance cultural and economic vitality, and solve society’s most complex challenges
  • Health sciences that preserve and restore health for all people, seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research and educate those who serve humanity
  • Deeply engrained core values of diversity, inclusion and equity that provide a safe, trusting and supportive environment to explore, create, learn and serve