Progress Timeline

Advancing our Goals

SuccessUVA

Over the past decade, AccessUVA has transformed the University by helping us attract outstanding, diverse students, regardless of means. SuccessUVA will go even further—significantly expanding our financial aid program to enable more low- and middle-income students to attend the University and engage in all that we offer. We will work to attract more first-generation and underrepresented students. We will also work to ensure that all students receive the academic and career advising and support that they need to thrive on Grounds and beyond. Toward these ends, we will improve our advising, construct a new Health and Wellness Center to provide care for and promote the well-being of our students, build the Contemplative Commons to foster resilience, create an expanded Multicultural Student Center to support programming for our increasingly diverse student body, and seek to raise funding for the athletics master plan.

Citizen-Leaders for the 21st Century

Our ultimate aim for our students is to prepare them to be productive servant-leaders in a diverse, globally connected world, regardless of their careers or professions. Toward this end, we will build on existing programs and experiences inside and outside the classroom in three ways.

First, we will establish a series of residential communities that will house all first- and second-year students on Grounds and provide ways for third- and fourth-year students to stay connected to their residential communities. Providing students a meaningful opportunity to live and learn together in a diverse and inclusive community will help prepare them to live and lead in an increasingly diverse world.

Second, we will enable our undergraduate students to develop the knowledge, perspective, experience, and skills necessary to lead in a globally connected world by providing them with an opportunity to have at least one international experience before they graduate.

Third, as a public institution, we have a particular commitment to preparing students for a life of public service, broadly defined to capture the myriad ways in which our alumni can and do serve, regardless of their chosen professions or careers. We will define the competencies necessary to pursue public service and identify both curricular and co-curricular opportunities for professional, graduate, and undergraduate students to meet those competencies. We will create and coordinate other opportunities, inside and outside of the classroom, to expose our students to a wide range of possibilities in public service. Also, we will explore the feasibility of creating a loan-forgiveness program for undergraduate students who enter public service.

Third-Century Faculty Initiative

This initiative will expand the existing Bicentennial Professorships and create new cluster and “Targets of Opportunity” hiring programs, which will help us recruit the very best researchers, teachers, and mentors to the University of Virginia and will especially strengthen our capabilities in strategic priority areas. These faculty will be diverse by every measure because that is critical to recruiting and retaining an outstanding faculty. We will also provide faculty the tools and support they need to take advantage of the latest developments in pedagogy, including experiential and online delivery. We will recruit talented and diverse doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to develop future scholars and teachers, enhance our research and teaching, and help recruit and retain faculty. And we will include post-doctoral fellows in an expanded PhD-Plus program, designed to prepare academics to become influential professionals in a diverse array of sectors and fields.

The Path to Research Preeminence

Collectively, our research productivity, quality, and impact are strong but could be even stronger. To help us move from prominent to preeminent in research, our approach will be three-fold.

First, we will continue to make strategic investments in research infrastructure and will substantially upgrade Alderman Library.

Second, we will focus on a discrete set of pressing challenges and opportunities that require collaboration across disciplines and schools and where UVA can be an international leader in important fields of research. We have identified five priority areas that represent major societal challenges and opportunities and draw on our existing strengths: Democracy, Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, Precision Medicine, the Brain and Neuroscience, and Digital Technology and Society. In each area, we will take a coordinated approach through institutes, centers, and labs to amplify the impact of our faculty’s work, and we will recruit and support doctoral and post-doctoral fellows who will partner with faculty.

Third, we will create catalyst funds that will provide seed funding to help launch and grow research initiatives. Preference will be given to applications that involve collaboration across disciplines and schools.

Cultivating Staff Success

We cannot achieve our aspirations unless we have a talented and fulfilled University staff. We will prioritize the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and the creation of an inclusive and supportive environment, in which staff are recognized as integral to the success of our mission. We will also build on existing leadership programs and develop robust career paths across the University.

Good Neighbor Program

In partnership with our neighbors in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, we will work toward being a just and sustainable community. We will work collaboratively, and with all due humility, with our community partners to address key challenges, including housing, living wages, local educational opportunities, and access to health care. We will set ambitious sustainability goals and develop a realistic plan to meet them, including an improved transportation system. We will launch The Equity Center, which will support community-engaged scholarship to model how public research universities can help reduce racial and socioeconomic inequities in our local communities. To make it easier for our neighbors to interact with the University, we will create a community engagement office in an easily accessible location in town.

Bachelor's Completion and Certificate Programs

As the world evolves, people across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation will have increased needs for developing skills to help them prepare for new jobs or career advancement. As a state-supported university, we feel a particular responsibility to serve the Commonwealth by expanding educational opportunities, both in person and online, for working adults in the Commonwealth and beyond—especially the 1.1 million Virginians who have some college credits but have not yet received a degree. Therefore, we will, through our School of Continuing and Professional Studies, scale our bachelor’s completion program and provide a high-quality, easily accessible, and affordable education. Through our schools, we will expand our certificate programs and will develop a central portal through which people, including our alumni and our staff, can discover our diverse offerings.

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

The parcel of land at the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road provides an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our community and encourage cross-disciplinary discoveries. We will use the 14-acre site to create three interrelated nexuses—Creativity, Democracy, and Discovery—designed to encourage cross-disciplinary endeavors involving people from across Grounds and beyond, in an active and engaging environment. The Creativity nexus, if we receive sufficient philanthropic support, will be anchored by a new performing arts center. The Democracy nexus will be anchored by the Institute of Democracy. The Discovery nexus will be anchored by the new School of Data Science and space for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Open Grounds will be designed to be welcoming to members of the UVA community, the surrounding communities, and visitors to our Grounds. Toward that end, we will build a new hotel and conference center to house visitors and serve as a convening space.

School of Data Science

To position the University as a leader in 21st century research, we will establish a School of Data Science. The school will be based on a foundation of collaboration—a “School Without Walls,” specifically intended to leverage the power of data across all disciplines by helping integrate data science across our Grounds. Many faculty will have joint appointments; the school will have outposts across Grounds; and faculty outside of the school will have the opportunity to receive fellowships to spend time at the school. The school will begin with a residence-based master’s degree but plans to add a certificate program for undergraduates, an undergraduate degree, a Ph.D., and an online master’s degree.

Broadening Our Horizons

Northern Virginia provides a significant opportunity to increase our impact by growing our research footprint, reaching more students, and developing new partnerships. Anchored by our business, engineering, and data science schools, the emerging grounds in Rosslyn will offer graduate and professional degree programs and certificates in high demand fields. The emerging grounds at the INOVA site in Fairfax offers a rare opportunity to launch research and academic programming in the context of a large population center.

Since the Board of Visitors’ approval of the Strategic Plan in August of 2019, the University has made significant progress on each of its 10 key initiatives. This timeline notes major milestones and accomplishments in support of the key initiatives in the University’s 2030 Plan. To see progress for a single initiative, simply click on the icon listed for each.

President Ryan asserts ‘UVA’s future is ours to shape’, and establishes process to create a shared vision for a new strategic plan.

August 2018 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Board of Visitors approves the design of new Student Health and Wellness Center and commits to providing $30 million in funding. Anonymous donor gives $40 million to support the project.

September 2018 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

Board of Visitors approves the design for Alderman Library renovation.

September 2018 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

President Ryan announces that Virginia families earning less than $80,000 per year can send their children to UVA tuition-free. UVA also commits to cover tuition, room and board for students from Virginia families earning less than $30,000.

October 2018 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

President Ryan appoints the UVA-Community working group to identify key issues for improving UVA-Community relations.

October 2018 Read in UVA Today

Third-Century Faculty

UVA allocates $75 million for additional support of Bicentennial Professors Fund.

January 2019 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

The Quantitative Foundation makes $120 million gift, the largest in UVA history, to create the School of Data Science.

January 2019 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

Commonwealth of Virginia awards $132 million for Alderman Library renovation. UVA commits to contributing $20 million.

February 2019 Read in UVA Library News

Broadening Our Horizons

Dedication of Sands Family Grounds is held at Darden School of Business facility in Rosslyn.

Good Neighbor

UVA announces $15 per hour living wage.

March 2019 Read in UVA Today

Third-Century Faculty

Frank M. Sands Sr. makes $68 million gift to the Darden School of Business, the largest in the School's history. The gift includes a major focus on faculty.

Research Preeminence

Library Dean John Unsworth announces plans for renovation of Alderman Library.

Cultivating Staff Success

President Ryan announces “Hoos Building Bridges” Awards to honor those working to connect students, faculty, staff, and community.

Ryan’s ‘Great and Good’ strategic plan wins board endorsement.

June 2019 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

Board of Visitors approves the establishment of the School of Data Science.

June 2019 Read in UVA Today

Board of Visitors approves ‘Great and Good’ strategic plan for University of Virginia.

August 2019 Read in UVA Today

Citizen-Leaders

UVA opens Bond House to house upperclass students.

August 2019 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

UVA receives official approval to form School of Data Science from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

September 2019 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

David and Jane Walentas make a $100 million gift to support scholarships for first-generation students, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, and the Darden School of Business.

October 2019 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA Research tops $412 million in funding, the largest amount in its history.

October 2019 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA approves and funds the formation of The Equity Center, created to build better relationships with the Charlottesville community and to redress racial and socioeconomic inequality.

October 2019 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

President Ryan announces the formation of the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships.

October 2019 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

Greg Olsen makes $25 million gift to the School of Engineering in support of teaching and research, the largest gift in the School's history.

November 2019 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

President Ryan announces new Contemplative Commons space that will enable collaboration across departments, supported by a $40 million gift from Paul and Sonia Jones.

December 2019 Read in UVA Today

Cultivating Staff Success

Inaugural “Hoos Building Bridges” Awards honor staff from across the University.

December 2019 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

Board of Visitors approves ambitious sustainability goals.

December 2019 Read in UVA Today

Bachelor's Completion

Joanne and Bill Conway make $20 million gift to the School of Nursing, the largest in the School’s history. The gift focuses on assisting both students transferring into the BSN program, and current RNs seeking a BSN degree.

January 2020 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

UVA opens Multicultural Student Center and other spaces designed to serve a diverse range of student groups.

February 2020 Read in UVA Today

Citizen-Leaders

UVA ranks 10th nationally – and 1st among public universities – in number of students receiving Fulbright awards.

February 2020 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

President Ryan and Provost Magill announce The President and Provost’s Fund for Institutionally Related Research to support research that benefits the community.

February 2020 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Board of Visitors approves the design for Contemplative Commons.

March 2020

Citizen-Leaders

Board of Visitors approves the design for a second Brandon Avenue residence hall to house upperclass students.

March 2020 Read in UVA Today

Third-Century Faculty

Board of Visitors approves additional $50 million investment in Bicentennial Professorships.

March 2020 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

President Ryan announces UVA will support development of up to 1,500 affordable housing units in Charlottesville.

March 2020 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

President Ryan and the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships establish three working groups: local economy, early childhood education, and pipelines and pathways, as well as the Affordable Housing Advisory Group.

March 2020 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA Emergency Assistance Fund provides aid to over 600 furloughed contract workers.

April 2020 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

The Nau Foundation makes $27.5 million gift to fund democracy initiatives. UVA matches $17 million.

School of Data Science

UVA's Faculty Senate approves undergraduate minor in Data Science.

Citizen-Leaders

Office of Academic Outreach launches the inaugural, annual Public Service Week.

Spring 2020

Research Preeminence

Board of Visitors approves the design for Physics Building renovation.

June 2020

School of Data Science

School of Data Science introduces need-based financial aid for Master of Science in Data Science students.

June 2020

Research Preeminence

UVA scientists identify an oncogene responsible for glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer.

July 2020 Read in UVA Today

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

Emmet-Ivy Landscape design wins the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence in Landscape Architecture Award.

July 2020

Bachelor's Completion

School of Continuing and Professional Studies professional certificate registrations double in one year.

August 2020

Citizen-Leaders

UVA offers virtual internships to provide students with an opportunity to explore international work.

September 2020 Read in UVA Today

Cultivating Staff Success

In the midst of the pandemic, UVA assembles vital mental health and wellness resources for students, faculty, and staff.

September 2020 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA Environmental Science partners with other institutions to achieve largest known seagrass restoration in the world.

October 2020 Read in UVA Today

Bachelor's Completion

UVA announces "UVA Edge," a year-long program to provide working adults new opportunities to take college courses.

October 2020 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

School of Data Science and School of Education launch the Collaboratory for the Advancement of Education and Data Science.

SuccessUVA

Board of Visitors approves $30 million in matching funds for scholarships.

December 2020 Read in UVA Today

Third-Century Faculty

UVA makes $16 million investment to support the Carter G. Woodson Institute.

December 2020 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

$15 million is awarded to support STEM research in key research areas identified in the strategic plan.

December 2020 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA opens Center for Community Partnerships in downtown Charlottesville.

December 2020 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA employees donate $380K to local non-profits through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC).

December 2020

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

Board of Visitors approves the design for a new School of Data Science building at Emmet-Ivy.

December 2020 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

School of Data Science graduates its first cohort of online Master of Science in Data Science students.

Citizen-Leaders

Expanded Hoos Connected program helps new students foster connections with peers.

January 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA neurosurgeons and the UVA Brain Institute pioneer use of Focused Ultrasound to treat essential tremor.

January 2021 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

Funding and scope are increased for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to include community partnerships.

January 2021 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA partners with Blue Ridge Health District to open second community vaccination site.

January 2021 Read in UVA Today

Broadening Our Horizons

School of Medicine 3rd- and 4th-year medical students begin training at UVA-INOVA campus.

Citizen-Leaders

UVA Housing and Residence Life announces Connect2Grounds, a 2021-2022 academic year initiative for second-year students to engage actively in a shared-living environment.

February 2021

Cultivating Staff Success

Pipelines and Pathways Working Group resumes work to improve access for underrepresented groups and ensure that current workers have opportunities for promotion and growth.

February 2021 Read in UVA Today

Bachelor's Completion

School of Continuing and Professional Studies enrolls its largest Bachelor's Completion class ever.

February 2021 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

School of Data Science Academic Affairs Committee approves Open Access Guidelines and Recommendations, part of an effort to drive innovation across boundaries in a culture of transparency and open access to knowledge.

Broadening Our Horizons

UVA Health signs letter of intent to acquire full ownership of Novant Health-UVA Health System.

February 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Anonymous $5 million gift, matched by UVA, strengthens partnership between UVA and PVCC and assists students interested in transferring.

March 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Board of Visitors approves the design for Athletics Complex.

March 2021

Research Preeminence

The President and Provost’s Fund for Institutionally Related Research awards grants to two UVA faculty members conducting research that will benefit the community.

March 2021 Read in UVA Today

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

Board of Visitors approves the design for a new hotel and conference center at Emmet-Ivy.

March 2021 Read in UVA Today

School of Data Science

Board of Visitors approves resolution for a Ph.D. in Data Science through the School of Data Science.

March 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

The College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and School of Continuing and Professional Studies create LaunchPad to prepare students for careers while earning credit.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Board of Visitors votes to freeze base undergraduate tuition for 2021-2022 academic year.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

Princeton Review names UVA the nation's No. 1 public school for financial aid.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA Brain Institute-led study publishes significant findings on role of gender in development of autism.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

3Cavaliers seed funding initiative awards research funding for projects that include multidisciplinary collaboration.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Cultivating Staff Success

First class of UVA Edge students includes UVA employees.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Cultivating Staff Success

“Future of Work” working group examines critical workforce lessons learned from the pandemic.

April 2021

Good Neighbor

UVA Health announces new billing policies and practices that reflect fair and financially responsible guidelines based upon a patient’s ability to pay.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Bachelor's Completion

UVA partners with InStride to help working adults finish their degrees.

April 2021 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

President Ryan and the President’s Council on UVA-Community Partnerships establish a working group focused on community public health.

Third-Century Faculty

$5 million Mellon grant funds 30 new postdoctoral positions in work touching on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Spring 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

Martha and Bruce Karsh make a $50 million gift to establish the Karsh Institute of Democracy, with UVA matching $50 million.

June 2021 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA Law opens the Community Solutions Clinic that will provide legal aid and services to address racial and socioeconomic equity in Charlottesville.

June 2021 Read in UVA Today

Bachelor’s Completion

UVA partners with Univision Communications to expand employee development as part of the UVA Edge program and help working adults expand their skills and earn credit toward a college degree.

June 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

UVA surpasses $500 million in new endowment commitments for undergraduate and graduate scholarships through the Bicentennial Scholarship Program.

June 2021

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

UVA breaks ground on the “Ivy Corridor,” which will serve as the home of the School of Data Science, Karsh Institute of Democracy, additional academic and arts buildings, and a hotel/conference center.

July 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA earns the Comprehensive Cancer Center Designation, joining an elite group of 52 of the most outstanding cancer programs in the nation and becomes Virginia’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center.

August 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

PVCC and UVA announce first cohort of Piedmont Scholars. The scholarship program, made possible by an anonymous gift and matching UVA funds, creates new opportunities for students who wish to transfer from PVCC to UVA.

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

Good Neighbor

UVA Health seeks public input for new strategic plan, “One Future Together.”

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

Research Preeminence

UVA to play leading role in new NSF Center to study the ocean and climate change.

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

Tessa Ader makes a $50 million gift for a new performing arts center that will provide a home for concerts, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary art forms.

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

Broadening Our Horizons

President Ryan announces that UVA|NOVA will bring new academic programming and research to Northern Virginia in order to better serve the commonwealth.

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

UVA announces an additional $50 Million in matching dollars for financial need and merit-based scholarships.

September 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

UVA breaks ground on Contemplative Commons. The new building will make use of outdoor spaces including the nearby Dell Pond, contemplative gardens, and a tree-lined courtyard.

October 2021 Read in UVA Today

SuccessUVA

UVA opens the new Student Health and Wellness Building on Brandon Avenue. In addition to Student Health, the new building houses several units focused on wellness.

October 2021 Read in UVA Today

Open Grounds at Emmet-Ivy

UVA breaks ground on the School of Data Science, the first of several new buildings planned at Emmet-Ivy.

October 2021 Read in UVA Today

UVA Partners with Google to Help Working Adults Finish Their Degrees

School of Continuing and Professional Studies announces a partnership with Google to provide scholarships to working adults seeking a four-year degree.

November 2021 Read in UVA Today