Quest 2025 recalibration

Virginia Commonwealth University’s positive impact on Virginia and beyond is truly transformative. Our strategic plan is an important blueprint for the university’s future: a thoughtful plan developed collaboratively among our stakeholders and based on assumptions of the academic and societal culture at that time.

Because assumptions about the future are challenging to predict, it is important that strategic plans are periodically revisited and adjusted, or recalibrated. The time has come to recalibrate Quest 2025.

Since launching our current strategic plan, Quest 2025: Together We Transform in 2018, our world has changed, and similarly, our strategic priorities need to be realistically focused. This is not a complete overhaul of Quest 2025; it’s an intentional refocusing of our work as an institution of consequence to Virginia, allowing us to apply the lessons we’ve learned over the last three years.


Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Tomikia LeGrande, vice president for strategy, enrollment management and student success, have been charged with leading this recalibration effort with the support of an executive committee, comprised of a subset of the President’s Cabinet.

Challenges and opportunities

Recalibrating Quest 2025 gives us an opportunity to re-address key questions, such as:

  •  Who are our students and what are their needs?
  •  What and how do we teach to set them up for prosperous and productive careers?
  •  How we advance an impactful cross-cutting research agenda aimed at societal challenges?
  •  How do we become a major driver for economic development for our community and state?
  •  How do we become more effective in weaving diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do?
  •  How do we advance and quantify institutional excellence commensurate to our R1 status in everything we do?

Campus engagement

To ensure campus engagement, the university’s existing faculty, staff and student shared governance groups (as well as alumni and external community stakeholders) will have the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the recalibration process.

Engagement roles:

  • Executive committee: Comprised of Cabinet members, responsible for organizing recalibration process and drafting revised Quest 2025
  • University Council, deans and senior leadership: Serve as advisory to executive committee
  • Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, student associations, employers and community partners: Inform revision of Quest 2025 through feedback opportunities throughout the recalibration process

The structure for the campus engagement process is shown in the chart below. For additional information on VCU's shared governance groups and to find your representative, visit the websites for University Council, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate and the Student Government Association.

Organizational chart for campus engagment process

Recalibration timeline

Oct. 2021
Announcement of recalibration
Nov. 2021
Feedback opportunities
Through survey and townhall meetings, the Executive Committee will collect feedback on Quest 2025 from faculty, staff and student shared governance groups, external community stakeholders, and deans
Dec. 2021 to Feb. 2022
Analyze feedback and revise Quest 2025
Executive Committee will revise Quest 2025 based on feedback
Feb. to March 2022
Feedback on revision
Revised Quest 2025 (draft) presented to Senior Leaders for feedback in February and all shared governance groups (faculty, staff and students) in March

Revised Goals and Strategies
March 2022
Refine the revised Quest 2025
Executive Committee will refine the revise Quest 2025 based on feedback
April 2022
Campus endorsement
Final revised Quest 2025 presented to all shared governance groups (faculty, staff and students) for endorsement/approval

See the Quest 2028 rewrite presentation slide deck »
June 2022
BOV approval
Final revised Quest presented to BOV for approval