With more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, many of them seem very much alike. The stories in this report illustrate the ways in which the University of Virginia is different, distinctive among its peers in higher education.
Over the course of 2012, students, faculty, and staff from the U.Va. community have received multimillion-dollar grants and national awards, made breakthrough scientific and medical discoveries, embarked upon innovative scholarship and research—and much, much more.
In December 2014, President Teresa A. Sullivan established the President's Ad Hoc Group on University Climate and Culture. The Ad Hoc Group serves as an advisory body to the President and was created to explore policies, practices and organizational structure, as well as the resources necessary to support the ultimate goal of providing an outstanding education while ensuring the safety and well-being of students. Its membership includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and two members of the University's Board of Visitors.
The Commission focused on three priorities identified to reconfigure the University to meet the local, national and global needs of the 21st century. In addition, these three priorities built on and sustained core strengths, enabled innovation, and ensure institutional readiness to change and effect change. 1) The student experience—building on strength 2) Science and technology—research and teaching 3) Global education, research, and service at home and abroad