Monthly Academic Report (December 2023)

Message from the Provost We seek your thoughts, reactions, and ideas on what’s needed for VCU’s academic future. Six months ago, we created the One VCU Academic Repositioning Task Force to examine the university’s academic enterprise and recommend ways that it can be more exciting academically, more efficient financially, and increasingly relevant in preparing our […]

Restoring VCU’s Standard Tenure Clock Extensions

In April 2020, VCU established temporary flexibility for approving tenure clock extensions of up to one year for faculty members impacted by COVID-19. We are immensely grateful for the hard work and dedication of our faculty during that tumultuous and uncertain time. We are also glad the university was able to offer support for those […]

Announcing credit-inclusive digital badges

Building on our success with non-credit digital badges, VCU Academic Affairs is excited to announce an opportunity for innovative digital badge concepts that integrate with credit courses.  We invite proposals that detail the specific courses involved, explain the need for these badges in both academic and industry contexts, and include confirmation of approval from the […]

Let’s talk QEP! An Invitation to the VCU Community

VCU Students, Faculty, and Staff – we want to hear from you! VCU is embarking on a plan to expand the university’s culture of research/ discovery/ artistic creation to more of our students. The university is doing that through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) that focuses on creating a research-supportive curricular experience. The QEP is […]

Monthly VCU Academic Update (November 2023)

Message from the Provost I begin this month’s academic report with a salute to some of VCU’s finest professors – the people whose work resides at the leading edge of the impressive and growing results I highlighted in last month’s academic report. VCU is making a strong bid to attract and even more top students […]

The latest on VCU’s racial literacy requirement

Dear VCU Faculty and Staff, We write to share with you our progress in implementing VCU’s racial literacy requirement. You can read previous updates on the collaboration between faculty leaders and administrators to launch this requirement for fall 2024. Here is the latest. 1. The University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UUCC) recommended at its October 19 […]

Mays appointed interim dean of University College

Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that D’Arcy Mays, Ph.D. has agreed to serve as the interim dean for University College, effective November 15, 2023. Dr. Mays currently serves as professor and founding chair of the Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. He also recently […]

VCU Brings Uncommon Benefits to RVA

A month into the fall semester, our internal data, along with new national rankings, is providing new insights into Virginia Commonwealth University which bode well for both the students we serve and the entire RVA region.  Attracting People and TalentVCU is bringing people and their talents to RVA from around Virginia, the nation, and the […]

Congratulations to VCU’s Inaugural Class of NIRA Scholars!

President Michael Rao made the following announcement today regarding VCU’s first-ever NIRA honorees. Dear Colleagues: I am very proud to announce and congratulate the inaugural class of the National/International Recognition Award (NIRA) scholars. These colleagues represent the best of the best, personifying the uncommon excellence across VCU. This new annual award was created by Provost […]

Monthly VCU Academic Update (October 2023)

As shared with the VCU Faculty Senate on October 3, 2023. Message from the Provost At the beginning of the academic year, I shared a message that articulated the progress being made across our campuses in pursuit of VCU’s strategic plan, Quest 2028. Just over a month into the year, we’re already seeing some results […]

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