About VWC

Vision 2020: Pathway to Prominence

Our Goal

Provide a Transformational Educational Experience for Students

Develop each student through a rigorous educational experience in the classroom, on the campus, in the community, and in the world.

The Strategic Plan for VWC

On May 21, 2014, the Virginia Wesleyan College Board of Trustees approved a long-term strategic plan that provides a path for growth and positive change for the College. The approved plan, VWC 2020: Pathway to Prominence, is the result of a two-year collaborative process that involved broad-based stakeholder input from students, alumni, faculty, staff, Board and community members. The plan grew out of the College’s existing mission of preparing each student for a meaningful life and career. It includes a primary goal, five strategic priorities and twenty key actions. Notably, the plan also resulted in the articulation of a new vision for the College and five core values. Implemenation began in fall 2014. Annual progress reports to the Board and the College community will be shared each spring.

Our Vision

Virginia Wesleyan College will be a beacon for the liberal arts in the 21st century, where experiential learning opportunities empower students to grow as principled scholars and community leaders.

Our Mission

Prepare each student for a meaningful life and career

The mission of Virginia Wesleyan College is to engage students of diverse ages, religions, ethnic origins and backgrounds in a rigorous liberal arts education that will prepare them to meet the challenges of life and career in a complex and rapidly changing world. In this endeavor, the College employs a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning and provides opportunities to connect the study of the liberal arts with practical learning experiences on campus, in the Hampton Roads region, and throughout the world.

In accord with our United Methodist heritage, Virginia Wesleyan aspires to be a supportive community that is committed to social responsibility, ethical conduct, higher learning and religious freedom.

Core Values

  • Academic Excellence based on rigorous scholarship, rooted in the liberal arts tradition and realized through high-impact learning opportunities that link theory to practice
  • Supportive Community in which meaningful relationships are developed through individualized attention in an inclusive environment of caring and mutual respect
  • Religious Freedom as expressed through love, tolerance and dialogue among people of diverse faiths and spiritual beliefs while honoring the College’s Methodist heritage
  • Ethical Conduct defined by a commitment to trustworthiness and a willingness to assume personal responsibility for honorable behavior in the classroom and all aspects of life
  • Social Responsibility that empowers our community members to be active, engaged citizens who have a positive impact on their fellow human beings and the natural world