A Plan for a New Horizon

August 7, 2012: The final draft of A Plan for a New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech, 2012-2018 is now available.

A Plan for a New Horizon, 2012-2018

A Plan for a New Horizon: Envisioning Virginia Tech, 2012-2018

Building upon Virginia Tech’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values, this draft reflects and synthesizes the work of the Presidential Task Force over the past twelve months as well as the many thoughtful comments and suggestions submitted on the initial draft of the general plan.

Thoughts, comments, and suggestions on this plan are welcome and may be submitted to the Office of Long Range Planning through the “Leave a Reply” textbox below. Please note that comments submitted through this blog may be posted and made available to the public.

7 Responses to A Plan for a New Horizon

  1. Jason Carter says:

    Please do not overloook the value of Extension for dissemination of research based information. Extension is not specifically mentioned in the document yet it is an integral component of the land grant mission as well as being in place and productive well before University Outreach.

  2. Cathryn Kloetzli says:

    The land-grant institutions have a three pronged mission – research, education and extension. The focus of this document is on research and education, but not extension. Please capitalize on the tremendous resources available in Virginia Cooperative Extension to do exactly what one of the goals is … bringing about positive change in our local communities.

  3. On behalf of the Office of Energy and Sustainability I want to express our appreciation for the strong commitment to investing in sustainability (shown on page 5) and for your strong support for the Virginia Tech Climate Action Committment and Sustainability Plan (shown in “The Virginia Tech Experience” section on pages 11 and 12). Thank you.

  4. Vinodh Venkatesh says:

    I would like to see the language “specified combinations of majors and minors” scrapped (9-10) as it runs contrary to the precept of encouraging a general education structure.

  5. Scott Salom says:

    Increasing the number of graduate students by 1,000 is ambitious and comes with a price that is rarely discussed. Infrastructure often lags behind increased numbers of personnel and their needs. Build before they come not after. While providing stipends for this increased number of graduate students is achievable with increased number of grants, the cost of paying tuition incurred by faculty is not so easily resolved. There is no mention or longterm plan in effect that has ever been discussed that provides tuition for graduate students. Some colleges are more impacted in this regard then others. If you want to increase the number of graduate students as ambitiously as proposed, then make sure the physical and monetary resources are available and sustainable.

  6. Sam Cook says:

    Our commitment to extension/outreach/engagement must be more than just rhetorical. Research and education hinge on extension, and if our vision of “inventing the future” is one of advancing a healthy society and citizenry, we must engage that citizenry NOW. “Translational research,” as I understand it, is not simpy the process of applying our research to new technologies purporting to imporve the quality of life in some sector, but a process of creating linkages between disparate communities seeking critical solutions to a variety of problems. Our students should not matriculate through their education in narrow “tracks” but should leave the university prepared to see the world holisitcally, willing and able to embrace the responsibility that their education carries. In that light, outreach is not a one-way process of extendeding resources to constituents outside of the university, but to engaging such constituents and communities in the research and pedagogical process.

  7. Chris Sarver says:

    Thank you for this chance to comment on your comprehensive and well written 2012-2018 plan. I believe the introduction to your plan can be greatly improved by simply mentioning the intent for VT to become a “leader in providing innovative, creative approaches to general education”, stated in the life of the mind section, and adding the intent of VT to prepare students to be Tomorrow’s Leaders. In appropriate sections within “Structuring Challenges”, and “Responding to the Challenges”, contributions of the VT Center of Leadership Studies and the Rice Center for Leader Development toward shared governance, research, team building, and future innovations should be highlighted as a key component available for student growth.

    Thank you again for this opportunity,
    C. Sarver

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