Focusing on the policy priorities from the 2014 Governor’s Enterprise Strategic Priorities for Building a New Virginia Economy, academic outreach at the University of Virginia serves the Commonwealth in support of strategic initiatives that advance economic development and the quality of life for Virginians. Working together with state government, the University’s academic outreach initiatives aligns and brings forward its leadership and relevant expertise to support the strategic priorities of critical importance to the Commonwealth.
These academic outreach initiatives include:
Responding to the Commonwealth’s Strategic Priorities on Health and Family addressing Healthcare Innovation: Embrace innovative models of care and new technologies to improve health outcomes and lower costs. The University of Virginia supports Healthcare Innovation through its significant leadership and provision of training for health professionals and students in telehealth practice, research in telehealth, clinical outcomes and technology development and providing expanded outreach services including access to patient education and care using telehealth.
Responding to the Commonwealth’s Strategic Priorities on Economy addressing the Diversification of the Economy: Attracting businesses to the Commonwealth that operate in new and growing fields in the 21st century economy with targeted areas including cyber security and biosciences, the University of Virginia supports this area through leadership on the Commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission, bringing public and private sector experts together to make Virginia a leader in cyber security and its leadership role with the Joint Commission on Technology and Science, a permanent Virginia legislative agency, as it considers development of new policies related to cyber security.
Responding to the Commonwealth’s Strategic Priorities on Education, addressing the Achievement Gap: Improve educational success in struggling schools in high poverty communities and expand access to quality early education for all children, the University of Virginia supports this strategic priority through its leadership, education, outreach and research, in effective teaching and learning to advance the quality and impact of teaching in Early Childhood Education. Through its work with the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program and its Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), the University of Virginia is playing a vital role in informing public policy and funding decisions in early childhood education as well as work related to the implementation of a full-scale, statewide comprehensive readiness assessment, transforming Virginia’s existing State Preschool Program into a national exemplar.
Responding to the Commonwealth’s Strategic Priorities on Natural Resources, addressing the Chesapeake Bay Restoration: Protect and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, by making every effort to meet the goals for nutrient reduction outlined in the federal government’s cleanup plan, Land Conservation: Implement a targeted, strategic land conservation plan that protects Virginia’s biodiversity and public access and Climate Change: Prepare the Commonwealth for the effects of climate change and reduce the state’s contribution to its causes, the University of Virginia supports the Natural Resources strategic priority through its teaching, significant research and collaborations with governmental and nonprofit organizations and outreach activities used to educate and motivate collaboration and innovation among stakeholders.
Responding to the Commonwealth’s Strategic Priorities on Government and Citizens, addressing State Workforce Succession: Improve recruitment, retention, and succession planning for the state workforce, the University of Virginia supports the State Workforce Succession strategic priority through its leadership, working with a variety of senior professional leaders in State Government on this issue.