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Virginia Tech’s strategic plan, The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries is a look at the university’s long-term vision and the steps to get there.

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[00:00:01] >> Virginia Tech's strategic plan, "The Virginia Tech Difference: Advancing Beyond Boundaries," is a look at the university's long term vision and the steps to get there. "Before we could put together a meaningful strategic plan, we had to go through a visioning process to imagine what Virginia Tech could become a generation from now because we know it won't look like it does today. [00:00:24] The Virginia Tech Difference builds upon our Beyond Boundaries vision shaped by our community of championing Virginia Tech strengths as an internationally recognized land-grant university that strategically addresses the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing higher education landscape. Every aspect of our strategic plan, including our university's mission, vision, and core values has been informed by Hokies together." The key to developing the strategic plan is engagement and collaboration: A partnership between faculty, staff, students, and alumni. [00:00:57] "A foundational element of the plan is this commitment to trans-disciplinary learning and discovery. And so as we build out this mission of a T-shaped model, one that includes a commitment to disciplinary context across the full realm of the university and then look for opportunities to bring those disciplines together by tension or intersection or attraction, that creates the opportunity through different ways of thinking, different experiences, different contexts to really challenge the intractable problems of the day." Virginia Tech's mission, vision, and core values influenced the development of strategic priorities, four in all. [00:01:35] The first: Advancing regional, national, and global impact through research and discovery. "Here at Virginia Tech, we thrive on solving complex problems. The best approach is to engage faculty and students from many disciplines with industry partners that have on the ground expertise. This often takes place in our colleges and our research institutes and it always engages with partners. [00:02:00] The higher education package developed by Virginia Tech helped bring Amazon to northern Virginia and the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative brings multiple stakeholders to the same table to address critical research and talent pipeline needs. These are just two examples of how Virginia Tech is advancing national and global impact." Priority number two: Highlighting the Ut Prosim, that I may serve difference. [00:02:25] "I think it's a wonderful opportunity for us as an institution to integrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion through inclusive VT which is our institutional and individual commitment to the motto, Ut Prosim, in the spirit of diversity and excellence. The Ut Prosim Difference is really a foundational differentiator for us. [00:02:43] It allows us to integrate our commitment to access and opportunity as a land- grant institution with our commitment to service. And so blend