Strength in Numbers

Screen capture of the statewide 4-va site

4-VA is a collaborative partnership between six Virginia universities that is powered by 4 initiatives. Our mission is to promote collaborations that leverage the strengths of each partner university and improve efficiencies in higher education across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mason was a founding member of the collaborative in 2010, along with James Madison University, the University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Since then, Old Dominion University (2014) and Virginia Commonwealth University (2017) have both joined the collaborative.

The 4 Initiatives

Collaborative Research
Collaborate on research projects to leverage university resources and become competitive for external rewards.

Course Redesign
Redesign STEMH+ courses for improved student success with technology-supported pedagogy.

Course Sharing
Share courses, expand local expertise and increase efficiencies for course capacity.

Degree Completion
Increase access to courses, especially high-demand STEM courses, across the Commonwealth.

Campus Coordinator
Janette Kenner Muir, PhD
Associate Provost, Academic Initiatives and Services
Office of the Provost

Deputy Campus Coordinator
Marcy R. L. Glover, MS
Operations Manager, Academic Initiatives and Services
Office of the Provost

Advisory Board

The 4-VA Mason Advisory Board meets twice each semester and is tasked with the following objectives:

  • To help define the overall goal of the Mason 4-VA Program, and to guide the conversation with the greater 4-VA collaborative.
  • To create a process for how prospective proposals are funded and to review potential proposals for approval.
  • To serve as a sounding board for future 4-VA directions.