Old Dominion University is a comprehensive, multicultural, and student-centered university whose central purpose is to provide our students with the best education possible. We seek to provide access for a more diverse array of student populations, elevate our standing among the nation's public research institutions, make innovative use of modern learning technologies, and insist on an arts-and-sciences-based general education for all undergraduates. We explore ways to address critical needs in the professions, increase our service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, find practical solutions for modern needs, and be a resource for the citizens of the Hampton Roads region and beyond. We have developed Innovation Research Park to facilitate synergistic partnerships with regional, national, and international businesses and agencies. We enrich the university campus and local communities through arts, athletics, and cultural events, and we celebrate the diverse and profoundly multicultural community that is Old Dominion University. At the same time, we work to evaluate and constantly improve the ways we help students, faculty, staff, and the many constituents we serve through rigorous self-examination, assessment, and efficient use of resources and we acknowledge that development, alumni relations, and marketing are imperative to achieving private funding and public support for all of our Strategic Plan initiatives.