Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development
March 1, 2017
At its core, Beyond Boundaries is an exercise of imagining a vision for Virginia Tech’s future. Within the Beyond Boundaries process, planning and implementation occur in parallel. Many of the ideas developed during year-one of the visioning process have gone from the visioning stage to implementation, and are already having a wide-ranging impact on the Virginia Tech community. Here is a detailed list of Beyond Boundaries ideas currently affecting the university community:
- The concept of VT-shaped student has become the cornerstone of the academic vision for the university’s future. Virginia Tech graduates will have exceptional disciplinary preparation and interdisciplinary capabilities driven by deep purpose and engagement. Experiential learning and service in the spirt of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) will continue to be a hallmark of the Virginia Tech experience.
Destination Areas and Pathways to General Education
- We are exploring new curricular designs through Pathways to General Education and Destination Areas. The Beyond Boundaries vision includes interdisciplinary efforts through which Virginia Tech will address global and complex problems in the future. Developing new external partnerships, creating agile forms of organizing, and encouraging new faculty synergies will help make the Destination Areas concept become a reality.
The importance of cross-sector partnerships with external organizations has been a recurring theme of Beyond Boundaries. Virginia Tech is working to develop an even greater blend of living, learning, and research environments with partner organizations that leverage shared resources on a global scale.
- We are accelerating our efforts to become more inclusive and diverse. For our vision to succeed, we must be more accessible to the best and the brightest prospective students and faculty, and our campus must reflect the diversity of our commonwealth and the world in which our graduates will live and work. With InclusiveVT, Virginia Tech is preparing leaders for the world.
Beyond Boundaries Scholars
Business Engagement Center
- The newly announced Business Engagement Center embodies Beyond Boundaries recommendations to forge deeper relationships with external partners, explore diversified funding models, and develop agile frameworks for interaction.
+ For an in-depth look at Beyond Boundaries: Phase I
+ To learn more about Beyond Boundaries: Phase II