The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries

The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries

The Strategic Plan developed in collaboration with the Virginia Tech community

Advancing Our University

This strategic plan, The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries, was developed in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and alumni across our colleges, institutes, offices, and campuses, and shaped by partners and employers.

The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries guides initial steps to achieving our long-term Beyond Boundaries future as a comprehensive research land-grant university by affirming our vision, mission, and core values; defining university priorities; and outlining goals and initial milestones to achieve each priority.

Virginia Tech Beyond Boundaries

Led by President Tim Sands, Beyond Boundaries: A 2047 Vision culminated in a generational visioning process to position Virginia Tech as an internationally recognized land-grant university that strategically addresses the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing higher education landscape. Beyond Boundaries identified three guiding concepts to transform Virginia Tech into the university of the future: VT-shaped Discovery (purpose-driven discovery), Communities of Discovery (campus, regional, and global engagement hubs), and Nexus of Discovery (transdisciplinary discovery). 

Integral to this transformation is Virginia Tech’s continued commitment to Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), academic excellence, and world-class research. In addition, engaging the whole person; innovation; and affordability and accessibility are guiding principles that have informed the strategic planning process and initial steps toward achieving Virginia Tech’s Beyond Boundaries vision.  

Shaped By Our Community

The strategic planning process involved significant iteration, engagement, and collaboration with the university community. Throughout this comprehensive and inclusive process, the Virginia Tech community was engaged to discuss initial and evolving drafts and gather and incorporate feedback on the strategic planning framework. Strategic planning materials were continually updated throughout this process to reflect iterative, ongoing feedback.

These conversations and feedback sessions included participants from colleges, departments, institutes, offices, student groups, commissions, committees, associations, alumni groups, university leadership, and the Board of Visitors. Feedback discussions involved participants from various disciplines and levels, and took place across geographic locations including Blacksburg, Roanoke, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church.  

Feedback session participants provided more than 1,000 written, digital, or verbal forms of feedback. Data was continually synthesized and analyzed to shape the mission, vision, core values, priorities, goals, and initial milestones. 

Building Upon Beyond Boundaries: Future Directions and Initiatives

The following Beyond Boundaries key principles and concepts, current initiatives, and strategic priorities are integrally connected:

Beyond Boundaries: Key Principles and Concepts

  • Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Academic Excellence, and World Class Research
  • Engagement with the Whole Person
  • Innovation
  • Affordability and Accessibility
  • VT-shaped Discovery
  • Communities of Discovery
  • Nexus of Discovery

Beyond Boundaries: Current Initiatives

  • Experiential Learning
  • Campus Master Plan
  • Industry Partnerships, Licensing, and Entrepreneurship
  • InclusiveVT
  • Innovation Campus and the greater Washington, D.C., area expansion including Academic Incubator/Accelerator
  • Virginia Tech Carilion Partnership in Roanoke
  • Rural Virginia Initiative
  • Agircultural and Natural Resources Initiative
  • Commonwealth Cyber Initiative
  • Beyond Boundaries Scholarship Program
  • Transdisciplinary Research and Learning Communities (Research Institutes, Centers, Areas)
  • Pathways General Education Curriculum
  • Partnership for an Incentive-Based Budget (PIBB) Model

Beyond Boundaries: Strategic Priorities

  • Regional, National, and Global Impact
  • Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) Difference
  • Talent Destination
  • Institutional Excellence

Our Motto

Our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), emphasizes our commitment to serve individuals and society.

Our Vision

Virginia Tech will be a global leader by inspiring and empowering people to learn, innovate, and serve beyond boundaries.

Our Mission

Inspired by our land-grant identity and guided by our motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech is an inclusive community of knowledge, discovery, and creativity dedicated to improving the quality of life and the human condition within the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the world.

Our Core Values

Virginia Tech embraces four core values: Diverse and Inclusive Communities, Knowledge and Innovation, Opportunity and Affordability, and Excellence. 

Diverse and Inclusive Communities: We value the educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and cultures in order to contribute to the equitable inclusion and just engagement of the world’s communities through collaboration and partnerships, guided by open expression, self-awareness, and mutual respect.

Knowledge and Innovation: We value lifelong learning and freedom of inquiry through research, innovation, and the creative process within and outside of the university to promote the continuous seeking of knowledge to enhance society and address difficult and complex issues affecting the human condition.

Opportunity and Affordability: We value providing affordable educational opportunities for the Commonwealth of Virginia consistent with our land-grant mission.

Excellence: We value continuous evaluation, improvement, and excellence to advance individual and institutional objectives with the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Land-Grant Identity and Strategic Priorities

Based upon the motto, vision, mission, core values, and comprehensive research land-grant identity of research and discovery; teaching and learning; and outreach and engagement, the community identified four strategic priorities:

  • Advance Regional, Global, and National Impact
  • Elevate the Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) Difference
  • Be a Destination for Talent
  • Ensure Institutional Excellence

As part of the continuous strategic planning process, each strategic priority includes goals and initial milestones across a three to five year timeline that will be evaluated and reviewed annually. 

Looking Toward the Future

A core component of Beyond Boundaries seeks to grow a culture of “continuous planning” at Virginia Tech. Continuous strategic planning involves monitoring goals, metrics, and milestones for existing priorities; identifying, developing, and advancing new strategic priorities; and ensuring a culture of self-evaluation, innovation, agility, and adaptibility. 

As Virginia Tech builds upon this strategic planning framework and develops a culture of continuous planning across the university, this framework will be a university-level guide for colleges, institutes, offices, departments, and units as they develop their respective strategies and plans to advance institutional priorities.

Feasibility studies will inform prioritization, implementation, and the development of processes to identify and incubate new ideas and increase decision-making transparency and efficiency throughout the institution. Key university leaders will be identified to champion specific initiatives, and a collaborative, partnership-driven continuous planning process will help Virginia Tech achieve milestones and advance its Beyond Boundaries vision.


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