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News Brief * Virginia 2020: Agenda for the Third Century

The four planning commissions have drafted interim reports, which the respective chairs reviewed with the University’s senior leadership on December 13. President Casteen introduced the half-day session, inviting the 50-some participants to engage in active dialogue and critical analysis of the reports’ scope and preliminary recommendations. Vice presidents, academic deans, and other senior members of the faculty and staff participated in small group discussions and a concluding session.

Each commission is crafting a vision, as well as strategies, that will position the University of Virginia to become excellent in essential respects by 2020. A sampling of emerging recommendations includes:

*International Activities and Programs: development of affiliations with overseas sites.

*Science and Technology: establishment of a venture fund to expand entrepreneurial research in science and engineering.

*Fine and Performing Arts: strengthening of curriculum and programs in tandem with new and updated buildings to create an "Arts Village."

*Public Service and Outreach: initiation of a service learning component to the undergraduate curriculum.

The interim reports are posted at:


The commission chairs welcome comments and questions. You are invited to send them by e-mail to the appropriate chair or to Denise Karaoli, project director for Virginia 2020, at karaoli@virginia.edu.

Also posted on the web are summaries presented by the chairs to the Board ofVisitors in October. Please see:


During the spring semester, the commissions will continue refining their work through site visits, benchmarking to determine best practices at other institutions, and self-examination of where improvements are needed within the University.

Virginia 2020: Agenda for the Third Century is the University of Virginia’s long-range initiative to create a blueprint for the future, one that builds on strengths in the four areas listed above and further enriches the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service.


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