The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science embarked on a strategic planning process in January 2010 focused on raising the stature of the School.
Key stakeholders – SEAS department chairs, faculty, staff and others participated in developing the plan. In consultation with department chairs, task forces were formed on five core issues: the undergraduate program, the graduate program, research distinctiveness, finance and organizational alignment. These groups were all led by SEAS faculty members and supported by a project management office.
The plan set ambitious goals for the School and laid out a roadmap for the future. It was presented to U.Va. administration and SEAS faculty and staff in September 2011. It included a new mission and vision for the School and it identified current research strengths that address four pressing societal issues and set six strategic goals for the School.
In September 2011, the strategic plan moved into the implementation phase. High-priority initiatives to implement were identified. Committees and teams were formed, faculty volunteers were recruited to serve as champions for various initiatives and teams were assembled.