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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) serves lifelong

learners throughout the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world by facilitating

access to the outstanding academic programs and transformative knowledge

available from the University of Virginia. Its primary audiences are (1) adult

learners who are motivated by the desire to earn academically rigorous

University of Virginia degrees and credentials in order to achieve their personal

and professional goals and (2) lifelong learners who seek personal enrichment

experiences in order to stimulate and satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

       The School also serves communities and organizations in the public and

private sectors, by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge that helps build

human capital and solve problems. The School responds to emerging

educational needs by maintaining close relationships with its audiences and by

being agile in designing and delivering programs of the highest quality to meet

audience needs.

       SCPS fosters learning at times and in places that are convenient to its

audiences, leverages new learning technologies, facilitates the formation of

physical or virtual learning communities, and provides support services that

enable adult learners to achieve their personal and professional goals.




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        Currently, the School is involved in a strategic planning process that

began in October 2006 and will be completed by May 2007. Key stakeholders are

engaged in this process, including SCPS faculty and staff, alumni, current

students, travel program participants, adjunct faculty, University of Virginia

faculty and administrators, SCPS Advisory Board members, donors, and

representatives from the learning communities served by SCPS (such as K-12

schools, government agencies, and businesses).

        Strategic goals for the next 3-5 years will be developed during this

process. Goals generated will be designed to achieve the following:

    •   promote awareness of and visibility for the School, to increase

        enrollments, extend the University’s impact in the communities the

        School serves, and create linkages and partnerships with other academic

        schools and units within the University.

    •   identify and serve appropriate audiences in two or three niches (such as

        law enforcement leadership) where the University of Virginia has

        comparative advantage and can be known for “best in class”

        programming.

    •   diversify the School’s academic portfolio to achieve the University of

        Virginia’s mission of public service and outreach.

    •   expand the distance learning outreach of the School and the University to

        global audiences.




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                               TWO-YEAR PLAN

Educational Programs--Funded by General Tuition and Educational Contracts

      •   Offer the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (BIS) throughout

          the Hampton Roads region and in Northern Virginia, in partnership

          with local community colleges.

      •   Expand educational offerings in critical shortage areas for K-12

          teachers, such as mathematics, earth science, and reading; in nursing

          and healthcare; in pre-medical preparation; in library studies; and in

          the arts.

      •   In partnerships with Virginia businesses and industry, law

          enforcement, and government agencies, expand educational offerings

          to meet emerging and critical workforce and professional development

          needs.

      •   Launch a new Master’s of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in

          Charlottesville and in Northern Virginia, to serve the needs of

          businesses and government agencies.

   Research and Research Funding

      •   Seek research collaborations with other academic schools of the

          University and with other Virginia colleges and universities on

          proposals that address dimensions of adult development and learning.




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      •   Seek public and private grants for special projects and initiatives to

          benefit adult students in a variety of professions, including distance

          learning projects.

   Service – Funded with Special University Support for Outreach that Cannot

   Be Sustained by Tuition Generated from Enrollments

      •   Provide educational outreach to the Coalfields region and Southside,

          Virginia, as specified in the University’s Restructuring Agreement with

          the Commonwealth.

   Faculty – Funded with Tuition Dollars and State General Fund

   Appropriations

      •   Develop an adjunct faculty training academy.

      •   Recruit and train additional faculty to teach using distance learning

          technology.



                                SIX-YEAR PLAN

Educational Programs – Funded by General Tuition and Educational Contracts

      •   Use distance-learning technology to support the offering of the

          Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree, throughout the

          Commonwealth and beyond.

      •   Expand educational offerings in critical workforce shortage areas for

          the public and private sectors.




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     •   Solidify the School’s position as the “best in class” provider of law

         enforcement leadership education.

     •   Launch the Master’s of Professional Studies degree in other regions of

         the Commonwealth, using blended learning models of delivery.

     •   Expand Travel & Learn and the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med programs.

Research & Research Funding

     •   Seek research collaborations with other academic schools of the

         University and with other Virginia colleges and universities on

         proposals that address dimensions of adult development and learning.

     •   Seek public and private grants for special projects and initiatives to

         benefit adult students in a variety of professions, including distance

         learning projects.

     •   Obtain funding and staffing to study the impact of assets-based

         instructional capacity-building in selected high-poverty elementary

         schools.

  Service – Funded with Special University Support for Outreach that Cannot

  be Sustained by Tuition Generated from Enrollments

     •   Provide educational outreach to the Coalfields region and Southside,

         Virginia as specified in the University’s Restructuring Agreement with

         the Commonwealth.

  Faculty – Funded with Tuition Dollars and State General Fund

  Appropriations


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      •   Develop a faculty succession plan. Hire faculty to lead new program

          development efforts.

      •   Develop an adjunct faculty training academy.



                                 TEN-YEAR PLAN

Big Idea 1 - The Virtual Academical Village

Become the University’s portal for distance learning outreach to the world. Hire

faculty to design and deliver courses, certificates, and degree programs globally,

using distance learning technology. Create virtual learning communities led by

knowledgeable faculty and student-support-services specialists. Expand ability

to offer distance learning in various languages (Spanish, Farsi, Mandarin

Chinese, etc.) to reach international audiences. Partner with other University

schools and centers to develop capacity and to deliver outstanding academic

programs.

Big Idea 2 - Law Enforcement Leadership

Build upon current capacity and strengths (such as the School’s current

programs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Drug Enforcement

Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and

National Criminal Justice Command College) to become the “best in class”

provider of educational offerings in law enforcement leadership. Develop

degrees (undergraduate and graduate), certificates, and other educational

programs to meet emerging needs for domestic and international law


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enforcement education, with emphasis on the University’s core values of ethics

and leadership. Partner with other University schools and law enforcement

agencies to identify needs and to develop capacity.




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Big Idea 3 - Conquering the Globe

Build upon current strengths in Travel & Learn Programs to expand global

lifelong learning opportunities for alumni, parents, students, and friends of the

University. Drawing upon faculty from other University schools and experts

outside of the University of Virginia, design and develop unusual, interesting,

and appealing domestic and international travel programs for multiple

constituencies, including inter-generational programs, programs associated with

professions, and personal enrichment experiences.




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