UVA's Academic Outreach Activities

The University employs a model of providing academic outreach activities and programs which houses these activities within each of the eleven schools, the different centers and offices of the University.  Every school at the University engages in academic outreach to a varying extent, and the residents of the Commonwealth benefit from these activities and programs.

In addition to the University’s Academic Outreach Strategic Priorities, other significant academic outreach activities and programs include:

Appalachian Prosperity Project 

The Appalachian Prosperity Project (APP) is a collaborative partnership among the University of Virginia, UVA's College at Wise, the Virginia Coalfield Coalition, the private sector, and the state to advance education, health, and economic prosperity in Southwest Virginia. The APP is a university-community-industry partnership that uses a systems approach to integrate education, health, and business development.

Astronomy Department - Public Outreach

In addition to educating undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia, the Astronomy Department has an Education and Public Outreach program that addresses astronomy and science education for the general public, families, and students in grades K-12.

Center for the Liberal Arts

The Center for the Liberal Arts (CLA) helps K-12 teachers hone their knowledge of the subjects that they teach.  CLA has been awarded millions of dollars in private and public grants towards connecting teachers to the most current scholarship in the arts and sciences, through programs offered by the University’s most distinguished faculty.  Teachers count on us for programs of the highest quality, offered in forms that respect their knowledge, recognize the daunting challenges they face, and rely on evidence about what they need to know.

Lifetime Learning

Enriches the intellectual life of the University of Virginia’s alumni, parents and friends through the creation and facilitation of engaging educational opportunities on Grounds, online and in communities around the world led by outstanding UVA scholars. Lifetime Learning offers over 120 faculty lectures annually in a variety of formats including extended learning programs, lectures, panel discussions and live streamed interviews. Many of these faculty lectures are recorded and made available online as downloadable podcasts or YouTube videos free of cost.

Open Grounds

OpenGrounds (OG) a resource, and an opportunity; a network of collaboration, communication, and innovation.  It connects the University, the Charlottesville community and global partners to develop the knowledge, tools, and behaviors that will shape the future. Inspiring action across boundaries within and beyond the University, OG builds creative, collaborative partnerships between individuals and institutions to generate innovative solutions for critical societal needs.

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) opens the doors of the University of Virginia to thousands of nontraditional adult learners for continuing education. With Academic Centers in Abingdon, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Newport News, Richmond, and Roanoke, the school strives to meet the continuing education needs of the Commonwealth's citizens

Virginia College Advising Corps

The Virginia College Advising Corps (VCAC) at the University of Virginia is a public service program designed to increase the number of students in the Commonwealth entering and completing post-secondary education. The VCAC model is a targeted approach that integrates recent college graduates into the secondary school to address non-academic barriers to student achievement and success.

Virginia Humanities

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) connects people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. The VFH promotes lifelong learning, literacy, and civil public debate, funds and produces exhibits, conferences and teachers' institutes; book discussion series; film, video and radio programs; and other public programs that draw upon the humanities.

Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
The University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service is a research and training organization focused on the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Center provides objective information, data, applied research, technical assistance, and practical training to state and local officials, community leaders, and members of the general public.