4-VA's mission is to promote inter-university collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university in order to accomplish much more than any individual university could achieve alone.
4-VA strives to:
- Define instructional models, including the clear definition of instructional costs,
- Significantly expand access for all Virginians to programs preparing them for rewarding careers,
- Increase research competitiveness, and
- Increase opportunities and enhance the success of students in STEM courses and programs. It will be valuable for 4-VA as a collective, as well as individual institutions, to think about how 4-VA campus activities align with 4-VA goals.
Each university contributed funding to establish the 4-VA Office and hire staff. Mr. John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., supported the presidents’ vision and sponsored a great deal of technology to seed the early projects. Virginia’s legislature provided project funding.