4-VA at JMU

JMU is committed to educating students so they can lead productive and meaningful lives by engaging with ideas and the world around them. 4-VA at JMU helps fulfill this mission through a partnership with the Office of Outreach and Engagement that expands opportunities for Virginians to complete four-year degrees through online courses and modules. 4-VA at JMU also offered a pilot program called 9th period that provides professional development for K-12 educators while simultaneously teaching computer science at regional high schools. 4-VA at JMU puts particular emphasis on competitive research through collaborative mini and scale-up grant programs and provides undergraduates with direct access to principal investigators, thereby increasing retention rates in STEM disciplines. 4-VA at JMU helps fund the Center for Faculty Innovation’s annual course redesign workshop which helps faculty realign course objectives by shifting from content-focused teaching to a learner-centered philosophy.

JMU Contacts

(540) 568-6093
Email Nick

Nick Swayne

4-VA Executive Director
JMU Campus Coordinator

1) Collaborative Research


Unique grant recipients


Collaborative research projects


Amount awarded

(540) 568-7170
Email Kelsey

Kelsey Tate

JMU Deputy Campus Coordinator

2) Course Redesign


Undergraduate Hacking 4 Defense
class in the nation


Redesigned courses


Course redesign projects & trainings

3) Course Sharing


Undergraduate drone course in Virginia


AR/VR class in the nation


Courses shared with 4-VA partners

4) Degree Completion

Increased # of qualified
high school computer science teachers


Doubled online classes


Students enrolled in
RN to BSN program



The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become leaders of change in higher education. Fellows are creating a national movement to ensure that all students gain the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to compete in the economy of the future.


The Center for Wind Energy promotes K-12 education through administering the Wind for Schools program in Virginia, by hosting the annual Virginia KidWind Challenge, and by supporting K-12 student projects.



Bluestone Hacks is led by JMU students who are part of the University Innovation Fellows (UIF)—a nationwide program started by Stanford University. The third annual 24-hour hackathon offered various workshops, challenges and consulting throughout the event to support student learning and innovation.


VIrginia RoboTics and Unmanned systems Education Summit

The annual VIRTUES conference brings Virginia’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) community together to produce actionable objectives toward Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner’s vision for the New Virginia Economy.

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