Strategic Plan

To continue VCU School of Engineering's tradition of academic success and scientific innovation, our faculty and staff, foundation board members, the VCU Office of the Provost and VCU Office of the President have collaborated to set our strategic plan. This new direction complements VCU's Quest for Distinction, stimulates our collaborative, creative, and innovative culture, promotes student-centered learning, provides a global perspective of engineering, and secures VCU's role as a leader for a brighter future.

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Roadmap to the Strategic Plan  

 

2013 - 2020 Strategic Themes

  1. Build upon our legacy of student-centered learning to prepare the inter-disciplinary leaders of tomorrow

  2. Conduct research that makes a positive difference in our community and human kind

  3. Create and nurture a highly collaborative, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial culture

  4. Provide a global, real--world perspective of engineering in the learning experience
 

VCU Challenge for School of Engineering Dean

  1. Increase enrollment and number of degrees granted

  2. Raise academic quality of undergraduate students

  3. Increase and diversify external funding

  4. Multi-disciplinary, multi-campus collaborations

  5. Increase doctoral enrollment and engagement
President's Goal: Become a top 50 research university.
 

Goals for VCU School of Engineering

  1. School of Engineering body from 1,681 to 2,500 2,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students

  2. School of Engineering faculty: from 69 to 110

  3. Funded research from $4.5 to $20 million

  4. From US News and World Report #120 to top 50 school of engineering

  5. Targeted graduate programs to top 25 in USA
 

VCU School of Engineering Competitors


 

VCU School of Engineering Organization


 

Growth in Student & Faculty Population

Targeted Growth in Students & Faculty
 FY 2013FY 2020Inc.
Ugrad 1,436 2,000 39%
Grad 233 500 115%
Total Students 1,669 2,500 50%
Total Faculty 69 110 61%
       
UGRAD S/F ratio* 21 18 -13%
*Decrease in S/F ratio is an improvement
 

Student Education and Engagement

  1. Undergraduate

    • Multi-disciplinary course offerings

    • Interships and pre-professional training

    • Develop new certificate programs

    • Develop an undergraduate co-op program

    • Establish undergraduate research project funding

  2. Graduate students

    • Raise enrollment qualification standards

    • Competitive stipends for Ph.D. students

    • Formalize the role of thesis committees in monitoring their Ph.D. candidate's progress

    • Publication requirement for Ph.D. students

    • Develop professional master's level programs
 

Cross-disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Sustainability and Energy Engineering

  • Micro and Nano Electronic Systems

  • Pharmaceutical Engineering

  • Mechanobiology and Regenerative Medicine

  • Security and Mining of Big Data

  • Device Design and Development
Note: Build core competencies/platform technologies across departments. - Systems engineering - Manufacturing technology - Materials science
 

Faculty Research Funding Goal

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Faculty Research Funding Goal - $20,000,000
 

School of Engineering Facilities Development

  1. Teaching and collaborative spaces for faculty and students

    • Engineering East – re-think, re-allocate

    • Engineering West – re-think, re-allocate

    • Engineering “New”: why, what, when, where?

  2. Bring research labs into 21st century for current & new faculty, grad students and grant applications

    • Develop a master plan

  3. Leveraging core R & D capabilities

    • Nano-characterization center & cleanrooms

    • Animal surgery and vivarium

    • Power micro-grid development center

    • Creativity and innovation centers

    • TRIP facilities, Tinkering lab, Cathedral Place (S. Job’s Place)
 

Endowed Chairs, Professorships & Scholarships

Support RequiredFY 2013FY 2020 Goals
Projected Chairs Needed ($2 mil) 6 16
Endowment (Mkt 12/31/12) $9,536,340 $25,000,000
FY13 Distribution $454,877 $1,200,000
     
Projected Professorships ($250k) 6 26
Endowment (Mkt 12/31/12) $2,448,996 $8,000,000
FY13 Distribution $115,746 $375,000
     
Projected Scholarship Support    
Endowment (Mkt 12/31/12) $8,985,496 $20,000,000
FY13 Distribution $426,959 $1,000,000
Other scholarships $306,666 $500,000
Scholarships total $733,625 1,500,000
Scholarship needs:
  • Recruiting and retaining the best students
Additional scholarship needs:
  • International travel scholarships for undergrad and grad students

  • Supporting undergraduate research and entrepreneurial activites
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