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Virginia Commonwealth University Community Outreach

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Since its Virginia Legislature charter in 1967[1] Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has grappled with implementing the most effective business practices to offer academic opportunities to surrounding Richmond non-traditional community members.  Providing the appropriate mix of services which directly enrich and improve life outside the walls of an urban higher education institution was a guiding factor in VCU's educational goals and has been a moving target for VCU to identify and where to house those services for the most effective source for community members.

Most helpful to this research has been the Virginia Commonwealth University Digital Library as well as their Facilities Management Office, and also relevant Richmond state government offices.  These agencies were targeted because they have archived materials to uncover the associated building architecture and location on campus as community service begins a new life for Richmond’s urban university - Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).


[1] Virginia Legislature approved the Report of the Commission for the establishment of a proposed state-supported University in the Richmond Metropolitan Area [Edward A. Wayne, Chairman]. which brought the academic resources of the Richmond Profesional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia together to form public Virginia Commonwealth University as it is known today.

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