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Virginia Strategic Plan Goals

Goals of the Virginia Plan for Higher Education

Provide Affordable Access for All

Affordable Access Goal OneStrategies

  • Expand outreach to PK-12 and traditionally underserved populations
  • Improve the college readiness of all students
  • Cultivate affordable postsecondary education pathways for traditional, non-traditional and returning students
  • Align state appropriations, financial aid and tuition and fees such that students have broader access to postsecondary education opportunities regardless of their ability to pay


Optimize Student Success for Work and Life

Optimize Student SuccessStrategies

  • Strengthen curricular options to ensure that graduates are prepared with the competencies necessary for employment and civic engagement
  • Provide effective academic and student services infrastructures focused on persistence and completion
  • Increase on-time completion of certificates and degrees
  • Engage adults and veterans in certificate and degree completion and lifelong learning

Drive Change and Improvement through Innovation and Investment

Innovation and InvestmentStrategies

  • Identify and implement public funding strategies to sustain long-term planning and responsiveness
  • Cultivate innovations that enrich quality, promote collaboration and improve efficiency
  • Foster faculty excellence, scholarship and diversity
  • Enhance higher education leadership, governance and accountability


Advance the Economic & Cultural Prosperity of the Commonwealth & its Regions

Advance ProsperityStrategies

  • Build a competitive, future-ready workforce for all regions
  • Become a catalyst for entrepreneurship and a model for business incubation
  • Target funding, resources and partnerships to support research and development
  • Expand participation and engagement in public service & institutional service to the community
  • Demonstrate the impact of higher education on state and regional economic development

Approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 
September 16, 2014, and October 28, 2014

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