Major Goals of the University
Old Dominion University is a selective admission institution. The university
strives to serve those students in the immediate geographical area as well
as attract students from the national and international communities. Additionally,
the university seeks to attract and serve a culturally and ethnically diverse
student body. The university pays particular attention to identifying and
admitting students who are academically gifted. As a major metropolitan
university, Old Dominion University has a special commitment to serve those
students who have been academically, socially, or economically disadvantaged,
but who have the potential for academic success.
Old Dominion University seeks to attract and retain a distinguished faculty
of teacher-scholars. Its' faculty enjoy academic freedom and have a recognized
role in the decision-making process of the university. The university is
committed to strengthening its faculty through the recruitment and retention
of minorities and women.
- Academic Programs.
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS. As a comprehensive university, Old Dominion University
offers and develops quality liberal arts, science, technology and professional
programs. Old Dominion University undergraduate students follow a general
education program that emphasizes intellectual skills and the breadth of
intercultural understanding necessary for personal growth and achievement
and responsible citizenship. All Old Dominion University degree programs
meet national standards of excellence.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS. Old Dominion University's graduate offerings are focused
on society's need for advanced professional education and on specialized
programs at the master's and doctoral levels for which the institution is
prepared through unusual strength of faculty or special geographic advantages.
In selected graduate programs, the university aspires to international leadership.
SPECIAL EMPHASIS AREAS. Because Hampton Roads is a major international maritime
and commerce center that is Virginia's window to the nation and world, the
university has a special mission for the Commonwealth in commerce, and in
international affairs and cultures. With the principal marine and aerospace
activities of the Commonwealth concentrated in Hampton Roads, the university
has a significant commitment to science, engineering and technology, specifically
in marine science, aerospace and other fields of major importance to the
region. Due to its location in a large metropolitan area, Old Dominion University
places particular emphasis on urban issues, including education and health
care, and on fine and performing arts.
Old Dominion University is committed to providing the highest quality instruction
to all of its students. Teaching excellence is encouraged through faculty
development programs and appropriate recognition of superior instruction.
- Research, Scholarship and Creativity.
Old Dominion University is a center of learning committed to the principle
of free inquiry. The university seeks to participate in the acquisition,
discovery, synthesis, application, and creation of new knowledge and art
forms through research, scholarly endeavor and creative undertakings by
faculty and students. In selected areas of research, scholarship and creativity,
the university strives for international recognition.
- Distance Learning.
As a national leader in the field of technology-delivered distance learning,
Old Dominion University is committed to providing academic programs to
a diverse national and international population. The university seeks partnerships
and alliances that will facilitate delivering those programs to place-bound
- Life-long Learning.
Old Dominion University is committed to the concept of life-long learning,
and offers credit and non-credit courses throughout the region. The university
seeks to develop off-campus centers to bring educational services and programs
to the citizens of the region. Because of the major Armed Forces presence
in Hampton Roads, the university is particularly cognizant of its responsibility
to serve members of the military services and their families.
- Community Service.
Community service is an important part of the university's mission. Particular
importance is attached to the enrichment of the lives of students and residents
of Hampton Roads through university cultural activities, fine and performing
arts events, and recreational, intramural and intercollegiate athletics.
The university acts as a resource to business, industrial, health care
and educational organizations, as well as to the agencies of local, state
and federal government. The university is committed through applied research,
consulting and other activities to playing a major role in advancing the
overall development of Hampton Roads.
- Student Life.
The university provides opportunities for student development outside of
the classroom. Programs are offered to enhance personal and social growth
of individual students, to provide an exciting and stimulating collegiate
environment and to enable students to cope with educational, career, and
health needs. Students choosing to live in on-campus housing benefit from
programs especially designed to promote student educational and personal
Alumni are an important part of the university community. Through outreach
programs, participation on advisory committees, and a variety of professional
and social activities, the university maintains a close relationship with
its alumni and seeks alumni involvement and support for planning and development
Improvement of the university is a continual process. The foregoing goals
provide criteria for the rigorous and regular evaluation of the quality,
pertinence and effectiveness of academic and other university programs.
These goals also provide criteria for the assessment of student achievement
and the performance of members of the faculty, administration, and staff.
| ||- Adopted by the Board of Visitors|
January 17, 1989
Revised April 15, 1999
Revised December 9, 1999