“Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries” is an exercise in imagining a vision for Virginia Tech a generation into the future. Beyond Boundaries engages the university-wide community in a long-range visioning process, charting a course to position Virginia Tech as a top 100, global university while addressing the challenges and opportunities in the changing landscape of higher education.

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  • What Twitter Reveals about Virginia Tech's Future: An Analysis of Content Related to the Beyond Boundaries Initiative 

    Song, Alice (Virginia Tech, 2015-05-10)
    This research analyzes social media (specifically Twitter) to gauge different aspects of life at Virginia Tech for the Beyond Boundaries initiative. We were interested in using Twitter data to understand people’s perceptions ...
  • Visioning Initiative: Inventing the Future of Virginia Tech 

    Edwards, Jaimie; Hundley, Meredith; Sharif, Fatima Sparger; Keeney, Kate Preston; Miller, Mallory (Virginia Tech, 2015-08)
    The year 2047 will be the 175th anniversary of Virginia Tech. In order for the university to be well positioned to meet the needs of the communities it serves at this monumental point in time, Virginia Tech is preparing ...
  • Considering Student Population Trends for Virginia Tech's Future 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    As Virginia Tech looks towards its 175th anniversary, questions regarding what kind of student body it intends to serve must be answered. At present, the university is serving an almost-exclusively “traditional” student ...
  • Recent Macro-trends in Higher Education Finance 

    Walz, Jerald (Virginia Tech, 2015-09)
    Several fiscal trends illustrate the environment in which public higher education institutions operate to educate students. While many factors affect the total fiscal environment, the trends that most directly affect ...
  • Public University Endowments: What Stakeholders Need to Know 

    Walz, Jerald (Virginia Tech, 2015-11)
    The purpose of this paper is to introduce the topic of endowment management to university stakeholders [and] other interested readers. Scholars and professional endowment managers have outlined these topics in detail. This ...
  • Envisioning the Learning Spaces of the Future 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    Envisioning Virginia Tech in 2047 requires an understanding of the ways in which the university may alter its physical landscape to adapt to the more metaphorically changed higher education landscape. The physical setting ...
  • Idea Bank: Results and Analysis 

    Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2016-04-28)
    Launched in September 2015, the Beyond Boundaries idea bank was created by the Office of the Senior Fellow for Resource Development to engage the Virginia Tech community with the Beyond Boundaries Initiative. The purpose ...
  • Global Land Grant White Paper 

    Harder, James (Virginia Tech, 2015-09)
    “Envisioning Virginia Tech – Beyond Boundaries” sets out to advance the university as a global land-grant and address the shifting landscape of higher education (Sands, 2015). This white paper sets out to explore the ...
  • Funding Models and Virginia Tech 

    Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    As Virginia Tech moves towards becoming an internationally recognized, global land- grant institution, considering current and identifying new funding sources will be critical in its endeavor... This paper seeks to examine ...
  • Community Relationships 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2015-10)
    “Community relationships” is a broad term used in the higher education literature to describe a university’s relations with the community in which it finds itself situated... This paper touches on some of the interactions ...
  • Characteristics of Highly Ranked Universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 

    Sharif, Fatima Sparger (Virginia Tech, 2015-07)
    The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings include a list of the top world universities based on the indicators of teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook. While an in depth ...
  • Beyond Boundaries Steering Committee Toolkit [DRAFT] 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2015-12-07)
    An essential part of the Beyond Boundaries initiative is the work of the four thematic area groups: Advancing as a Global Land-Grant Institution, Preparing Students for the World, Envisioning the Campus of the Future, and ...
  • Discovering New Funding Models 

    Walz, Jerald; Edwards, Jaimie (Virginia Tech, 2016-04-12)
    During the course of its meetings, the Funding Models Committee prepared a funding vision statement, identified core values essential to Virginia Tech’s identity, and developed Preparestrategies for the future. The funding ...
  • Advancing as a Global Land Grant University 

    Harder, James (Virginia Tech, 2016-05-06)
    A land-grant university concentrates on the creation and dissemination of knowledge that enables people. At the Morrill Act’s inception, and remaining relevant today, land-grant universities are structured around “placing ...
  • Envisioning the Campus of the Future 

    Hundley, Meredith (Virginia Tech, 2016-05-05)
    The Beyond Boundaries visioning initiative identified the “campus of the future” as one of four thematic areas of inquiry central to Virginia Tech responding to a changing landscape and advancing as a global land-grant ...
  • Preparing Students for the World in which They Will Live and Work 

    Camargo, Elsa (Virginia Tech, 2016-05-05)
    This thematic area group report results from six months of intense discussions among a diverse cross-section of university representatives, and includes feedback from students, and engagement with key stakeholders such as ...
  • Envisioning Virginia Tech: Beyond Boundaries 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-03-31)
  • 2047 Vision: Envisioning Virginia Tech Beyond Boundaries 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2016-11)
    A framework prepared by Beyond Boundaries participants