Envisioning 2020

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Envisioning 2020

Our vision for the future of The University of Virginia's College at Wise

Envisioning 2020

Work on the College’s strategic plan,  Envisioning 2020, began in the fall of 2010. As the college’s Fulfilling the Dream campaign neared its end, the UVa-Wise Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors discussed and gave input on the College’s future and the next steps in its successful development efforts.

In October 2010, the UVa-Wise Board met for a planning retreat that included the participation of the chair of the U.Va. Board of Visitors Committee on Wise. The retreat focused on strategies that would take the College to the next level of excellence by the end of the decade.

In November 2010, Chancellor David J. Prior appointed seventeen members to the Envisioning 2020 (E2020) Committee. The E2020 Committee included members representing the general faculty, teaching faculty, staff and students. The committee was chaired by Provost Sanders Huguenin, Ph.D. and met regularly beginning in December 2010.

The E2020 Committee began by gathering as much input as possible from the College’s many constituencies, as well as gathering and reviewing reports and data that include:

  • Results of the UVa-Wise Board retreat in October 2010 and previous input from the UVa-Wise Foundation and UVa-Wise Alumni Boards of Directors
  • Creating the Future 2012, the College’s last strategic plan and that plan’s progress reports
  • Peer benchmarking on 42 data points including efficiencies, faculty salaries, freshman profiles, enrollment, revenues, retention, staffing, expenses, need-based aid, etc. to five different peer groups, including institutions within 50 miles, national public baccalaureate institutions, COPLAC institutions, four-year VA institutions and public baccalaureate with 30-40% of students receiving PELL
  • UVa-Wise historical and current data on enrollment (FT/PT, Level, Out/In-state, etc.), freshman profile, retention, faculty salaries, faculty productivity, degrees conferred by major, IPEDS Finance Data, endowment assets, and more
  • Operating budget, current and historical. Funding trends and sources of non-general fund revenue
  • Top Jobs legislation, restructuring legislation, IPS, historical trends in higher education, and capital outlay plans
  • Presentations by the College’s leadership on various issues
  • Results of multiple campus forums for staff, faculty and students hosted by the E2020 Committee and held in spring 2011
  • Results of interviews with thought leaders
  • Top Jobs six-year plan input, review and integration

The E2020 Committee completed a vision statement and then from the extensive input and data, subcommittees developed goals and strategies. After several revisions and some additional external input, the E2020 Committee completed the first Goals and Strategies Framework in February 2012. After Chancellor Prior’s untimely death, the E2020 committee recommended to the Senior Staff and President Teresa A. Sullivan that the final plan be completed once a new chancellor had an opportunity to review the goals and strategies and provide input.

Upon beginnnig her tenure in January 2013, Chancellor Donna P. Henry charged the E2020 to continuing refining the document into a strong, aspirational plan with thematic goals. Various constiuencies reviewed the final draft and an online survey portal requested additional input. The Envisioning 2020 strategic plan includes timelines, responsibilities, and metrics. The plan was approved by the UVa-Wise Board on October 2, 2013 and by the U.Va. Board of Visitors on November 15, 2013.

View a pdf of the approved Envisioning 2020 plan.


The documents you will find on these pages reflect our best hopes for ourselves as well as for those we serve – our students and the citizens of our region and the Commonwealth.