4-VA: Universities Collaborating to Achieve Virginia’s Goals for Higher Education
Virginia Tech joined the 4-VA Collaborative in 2010 along with George Mason University, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia. The presidents of these universities organized 4-VA in order to meet the needs identified by the Governor’s Higher Education Commission and his Commission on Economic Development & Job Creation.
4-VA’s mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish much more than any individual university could achieve alone.
Goals of the Collaborative:
- Define instructional models, including the clear definition of instructional costs,
- Significantly expand access for all Virginians to programs preparing them for rewarding careers,
- Increase research competitiveness, and
- Increase opportunities and enhance the success of students in STEM courses and programs.
4-VA at Virginia Tech is housed under the Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) and works closely with Scott Midkiff, the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. Dale Pike is the Campus Coordinator and Claire Gilbert works closely with the 4-VA projects.