Final Exam for University of Virginia Board of Visitors
Strategic Dynamism 101
University of Virginia
Prof. Teresa Sullivan
Part I: True / False
At the time of President Sullivan’s appointment, she was instructed to do a strategic plan for the academic program.
UVa faculty and schools continue to be ranked among the best in the nation.
Mr. Jefferson wanted the University of Virginia to follow the path set by other universities.
Part II: Multiple Choice
1. The team responsible for implementing President Sullivan’s dynamic strategy has been in place:
A. 20 years
B. 10 years
C. 5 years
D. nearly an entire academic year
2. The University of Virginia’s core principles include:
A. short-term return on investment
B. bowing to pressure from rich and powerful alumni in the name of strategic dynamism
C. egregious mismanagement that’s secretive, misguided, and without clear public rationale, according to the head of the AAU
D. excellence, honor and self-governance, innovation and collaboration in the pursuit of knowledge, leadership for the public good, and providing a vibrant breadth of academic offerings within and across our schools.
3. UVa has chosen to emphasize
C. neither of the above
D. none of the above
4. To compete with other institutions for top-tier faculty, UVA must
A. stop caring about quality teaching
B. leverage our strengths through innovate cross-disciplinary programs to keep UVA intellectual challenging
C. sell out the soul of the University in the name of raising enough money to offer gold-plated packages
D. stop trying altogether. After all, we are a public university with diminishing resources
5. To address our curricular issues in undergraduate education, we must
A. turn all first and second-year instruction over to Education Management Corporation
B. hire Bain consultants and ask them what to do
D. a fundamental redesign toward hybrid courses and problem-based approaches in the first and second years, and create vertical research teams with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty
6. Examples of bold strategic innovation already underway include
A. The Quantitative Collective in the College
B. The Center for Contemplative Studies
C. All of the above
D. There has been no bold strategic innovation in recent years
Part III: Essay
“Everyone involved has been a class act.” Discuss.