Pursuing a higher education is a dream for many. Students from all around the world step onto VCU’s campus in hopes of finding not only their passion, but themselves.
While a partisan stalemate over Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014-15 trickled along in Richmond this spring, a much more straightforward trend washed over the whole state of Virginia: tuition and fees for state-sponsored institutions increased across the board.
VCU has insufficient funds to put towards financial aid and has the highest number of students in-need out of any state university in Virginia.
I recently was involved in a dinner-table discussion with recent college graduates. The sentiment of the conversation was a bit cliché, but thought-provoking. Graduates have real jobs in the real world and real regrets.
After nearly five years as VCU president, Michael Rao is still working to balance state budget cuts and the lofty goals he set for the university with his Quest for Distinction strategic plan.