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Strategic Plan (2014-2019)

Strategic Plan Update

University's progress toward the five goals of the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan.

Goal 1 - Enhance our Academic and Research Excellence

  • Established state-level center on flooding
  • Established an innovative statewide online degree-completion program with GMU
  • Established new Ph.D. program in kinesiology and rehabilitation
  • Established 42 certificate programs including: Cybersecurity, Public procurement, Public sector leadership, Big data analytics
  • Public Sector Leadership Certificates classes provided for the Air Combat Command through the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development and involvement with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity to help graduate students, post-docs and faculty members increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.
  • The Leadership major is now offered online as a "Z" degree in partnership with TCC
  • SCHEV 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award recipients were Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli of Engineering Technology and Anatoly Radyushkin of Physics
  • A new Sciences building supporting Chemistry and Biology is in the design phase
  • Digital Shipbuilding Workforce Program - Funding and Purpose: $647,540 in year one and $647,540 in year two to develop curriculum and a lab for a program to teach digital manufacturing skills.

Goal 2 - Support Student Success

  • Achieved highest retention (82%) and graduation (53%) rates in ODU history
  • Awarded over 4,000 bachelor's degrees last year - the largest number in the University's history
  • Ranked as one of the top 15 universities in the nation for African American student success
  • Four teams reported a perfect GSR for the 2010-11 Class: Women's Golf - 9th Consecutive year; Field Hockey - 5th Consecutive year; Men's Tennis - 4th Consecutive year; Women's Tennis - 4th Consecutive. GSR measures the percentage of first-time, full-time freshman who graduate within six years of entering a four-year institution
  • Restructured two offices and reallocated resources to create a structured success coaching model for fall 2016
  • Success initiatives include over 1,000 students participating in coaching and the addition of academic advisors focused on using predictive analytics to enhance student success.
  • Increased number of learning communities from 18 in fall 2015 to 31 in fall 2016
  • Added financial literacy program for incoming students
  • "First Class," a required event for incoming freshmen that focuses on academic success, social success, diversity and inclusion, and the required Title IX sexual violence prevention.
  • The design process began for a new residence hall, the Hugo Owens House
  • A $3 million donation was received from alumnus Robert Mitchell for scholarships Accounting
  • Brother-to-Brother was introduced to support minority male retention through mentoring and tutoring
  • The Women's Initiative Network is creating the "Bridge the Gap" campaign to raise scholarships for financially challenged females
  • Implement the campus master plan to support student success

Goal 3 - Enrich the Quality of University Life

  • Funded salary increases for faculty and staff using University funds
  • Held Week of Welcome during first week of classes to introduce new students to the University and to instill a sense of belonging
  • Hosted programs such as Black Lives Matter as part of the Presidential Lecture Series
  • Created 1ODU Student Advisory Board to advise the President and to foster inclusion
  • "1ODU" Inclusive Excellence Student Task Force completed its first year focusing on a variety of discussions and educational programs related to diversity and inclusivity.
  • Held annual Monarch Mornings with faculty and staff across campus
  • The Crime Prevention and Community Resilience Task Force presented five crime prevention recommendations to the President Cabinet; it is now being shared with the City of Norfolk's Mayor and City Manager to ensure the partnership with the City is well documented.
  • Approximately 500 students came together for Unity Fest in April to support inclusion.
  • The Diversity Certificate program launched with 50 participants
  • A new off-campus office was established to address the livability concerns in the neighborhoods surrounding campus
  • The Child Study Center was re-accredited
  • Increase engagement with the local arts community
  • Created a culture of campus pride
  • Women's Volleyball will be added as ODU's 17th intercollegiate program (nine women's programs and eight men's programs).
  • Sentara Heart Testing - Partnering with Sentara Heart Hospital for baseline testing of all incoming student-athletes. Providing electrocardiograms and echocardiograms that help detect preexisting conditions or serious abnormalities in student-athletes that standard physical examinations typically cannot detect. A number of universities across the country administer EKGs and ECHOs to football and basketball players but this program will screen all ODU sports teams. Partnership illustrates commitment made to 550 student-athletes to provide an outstanding academic and athletic experience.
  • Dr. Johnny Young, associate vice president for student engagement and enrollment services, received the 2017 Minority Access National Role Model Award from Minority Access.
  • Minority Access is also honoring Old Dominion University as an institution committed to diversity in 2017.
  • Procurement Services was awarded the annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement by the National Procurement Institute for innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership in best procurement practices.
  • Created the President's Task Force on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Tech Transfer/Commercialization. Scope of work includes problem solving; options for future ODU direction and organization; and implementation planning (program gaps, communication, tools and resources).

Goal 4 - Engage the Greater Community

  • Created 10 additional service-learning courses
  • Over 25 non-profits organizations have benefited from the 85th Anniversary service challenge to date
  • Sponsored "Birth of an Answer" led by Avi Santos, Associate Professor in Communication and Theater Arts. Also, launched the Mapping Lambert's Point interactive website, an interactive digital and oral history of the neighborhood
  • Hosted Mayoral Forum on campus sponsored by ODU Student Government Association
  • Ground breaking for the Barry Art Museum
  • ODU students participated in over 500,000 service hours.
  • Old Dominion was one of ten universities that received the distinction of having the highest average Twitter sentiment.
  • The Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Alliance was initiated, involving five colleges and more than 20 non-profits and businesses centered around connecting our cybersecurity
  • The University Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Nancy K. Klein, performed a concert at Carnegie Hall
  • Fully establish the College of Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • Old Dominion University won the Gold Leaf Award from the International Society of Arboriculture recognizing outstanding local service in landscape beautification and/or Arbor Day activities.
  • Old Dominion University was VersAbility Resources' (VR) 2017 VersAbility Visionary Award recipient. The organization's mission is to support individuals with disabilities in leading productive and fulfilling lives. The University is a part of VR's Supported-Employee Program and recommends it as a workforce option to entrepreneurs who need capable personnel.

Goal 5 - Promote an Entrepreneurial Culture

  • Created new learning community focused on entrepreneurism
  • Established and opened the Center for Enterprise Innovation which features a number of programs available to individuals interest in pursuing entrepreneurial activities.
  • Trained 12 Entsminger faculty fellows - six more will be trained in summer 2016
  • Received external funding for GOV2COM in 2015
  • The "Women on Wall Street" Learning Community began this year exploring the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • An incubation coop opened on Monarch Way to allow student entrepreneurs to display and sell their products
  • Implemented an entrepreneurial curriculum and co-curriculum for students
  • Developed and taught first 300-level course on entrepreneurism
  • The entrepreneurial certificate program was approved
  • Dr. Karen Eagle was hired to coordinate entrepreneurial courses
  • Fostered an entrepreneurial ecosystem for faculty
  • Six new Entsminger faculty fellows were hired, bringing the total to 24
  • Supported a culture of idea commercialization among faculty and students

University Initiatives Update


  • Hired endowed chair of Cybersecurity to lead the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research.
  • Old Dominion has a partnership with public and private entities as well as The College and William and Mary and Norfolk State University to strengthen its position to receive funding for cybersecurity in the future.
  • A new cluster hire for four faculty in the cybersecurity and leadership programs
  • Received a $500,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to expand programming for Cybersecurity undergraduates.
  • Faculty in engineering received a $115,000 grant from National Security Agency to develop a Risk Management Cybersecurity course.
  • Created separate majors in Enterprise Cybersecurity (for business students) and cybercrime (for criminal justice students).
  • Developed three new courses - Digital Forensics, Cyber Law and Reverse Software Engineering.
  • Developed a Cybersecurity internship program with Sentara Healthcare resulting in eight students being hired as paid "junior security specialists."
  • Hampton Roads Cybersecurity Education, Workforce and Economic Development Alliance Collaboration (HRCyber Co-Lab) - Funding and Purpose: $642,713 in year one and $642,713 in year two to create a lab to develop and test cybersecurity products and train workers.
  • Guaranteed Transfer and Cybersecurity Agreement with NOVA - Agreement provides NOVA students with a seamless transfer to ODU; Program graduates are guaranteed admission into the university; Students following the prescribed path will have all courses count as curriculum requirements and will be admitted as first-semester juniors; Arrangement will help address workforce shortages in the high demand field.
  • Updated articulation agreements with TCC and TNCC.
  • ODU and HRCyber hosted a workforce/economic development summit in October at VBHEC that drew more than 100 participants and state Senator Frank Wagner as a keynote speaker.
  • Placed Cybersecurity major online as part of Online Virginia Network.

Online Virginia Network

  • Held first meeting of newly constituted board in July.
  • Hired four new faculty members to teach in signature programs including Communication, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity, Leadership, and Psychology.
  • First students have been recruited through OVN portal in fall 2017.
  • OVN portal course search now guides students through the registration process.

Expansion of Health Programs in Virginia Beach

  • Identified needed resources for nursing expansion.
  • Identified new centers (i.e., telehealth training and simulation centers, nursing and physical therapy clinics).
  • Worked with City of Virginia Beach to secure funding for a building to house new graduate health professions programs.
  • Worked with NSU to trade office and classroom space to accommodate the expansion of the School of Nursing.

Fundraising Initiatives

  • Established a fundraising goal of $250 million, which includes $100M for scholarships, $40M for college and faculty enhancements, $40M for Athletics including stadium and $20M for student success
  • 85 Hours of Giving Campaign established goals of 850 gifts totaling $850,000 - - Campaign resulted in 953 gifts totaling over $1.1M
  • Received the largest gift in ODU's history with a $35M donation from Richard and Carolyn Barry for the Barry Museum. This, along with other significant donations, has increased ODU's visibility in the arts.
Teamwork & collaboration


The strategic planning process begins with the steering committee and the four individual topic committees.

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