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4-VA: Universities Collaborating to Achieve Virginia's Goals for Higher Education

4-VA is a statewide initiative dedicated to fostering collaboration among Virginia universities with the goal of improving all Virginians’ access to higher education.

4-VA is advancing initiatives to increase the number of college graduates, especially in fields important to the state’s economic development. 4-VA is charged with increasing access to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses for Virginia students. For example, through 4-VA, students with an associate’s degree can get a bachelor’s degree from either George Mason University or James Madison University.

By working together, faculty from the 4-VA schools can share ideas, create an online library of shared resources, and collaborate on course re-design to reduce duplicate efforts and free up time that can then be spent on expertise-specific courses.


"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth."
— Diogenes Laertius