University-wide engagement has been the hallmark of VCU’s highly successful strategic plan, Quest for Distinction. Now it is time to come together to begin a new conversation about our next strategic plan and build on the legacy of Quest.
In April, we'll be holding a pair of town hall meetings in order to collect public feedback on the framework of the new strategic plan.
We invite all VCU faculty, staff and students to come out and share their thoughts on the plan's proposed themes, which will be introduced prior to the town halls. These meetings will be vital in helping shape the future direction of the university, so we appreciate all comments and feedback.
In addition to analyzing input from last year's listening sessions (see below), the Strategic Plan Steering Committee has also met personally with multiple stakeholder groups throughout the spring to further collect feedback.
These sessions included meetings with the VCU Staff Senate, the Council for Community Engagement, and participants in the Grace E. Harris Leadership Development Program.
We're in the process of finalizing our first attempt at the initial themes that will form the backbone of the new strategic plan. These themes will be informed by the numerous conversations and comments we've received over the past year.
Likewise, we are also finalizing advisory committees for each of these initial themes. These groups, made up of strategically-selected members of university community, will recommend accompanying goals for their respective themes, and will incorporate stakeholder feedback into these themes going forward.
The project team hosted twelve listening sessions on both campuses in late November. A total of 260 attended the sessions. In attendance were faculty (59%), staff (33%) and students (7%).* Here are some examples of what we heard from listening session participants:
"We have the power to transform Richmond and we are doing it."
"I feel like I fit in."
"The diverse, urban teaching environment."
"VCU is driven to be a part of the community."
"The medical campus location in an urban environment."
"Our growth has been innovative. We’re not just putting up buildings."
"Define what contributes to our success and do more of that!"
"Incentivize collaboration and interdisciplinary work."
"Commit to address big problems in the community."
"Capitalize on diversity to make something of it rather than just have it."
"A learning environment where you can engage with lots of people and find your career path."
"Graduate here. Stay here."
*2% were classified as “other” which included administrators and post-doctoral fellows.
Raw data (responses) from the listening sessions is available for VCU students, faculty and staff. Click here to download raw data from the November 2016 listening sessions. (VCU CAS Authentication required)