Welcome to the Office of Planning and Decision Support at Virginia Commonwealth University. Here you will find a variety of statistical information like the VCU Facts Card, reports and data about the university. Information presented here is contributed by offices across the university and collected and coordinated by the office.
The mission of the Office of Planning and Decision Support is to provide leadership in ensuring that VCU is the most effective institution that it can be; support the work of decision-makers at all levels within the university by developing appropriate metrics and providing information and analyses necessary to make data-driven decisions; meet the ongoing planning and evaluation needs of VCU; assess business practices for efficiency, effectiveness and accountability; and ensure that the university meets its statutory and voluntary reporting requirements in an accurate and timely fashion. To accomplish this mission, the Office of Planning and Decision Support pairs analysis with decision-making throughout the institution to identify information needed for decisions that are consistent with the university’s mission and strategic direction and to ensure that decision-makers have ready access to that information.
Theme I of the VCU 2020 Strategic Plan called for the creation of an office concerned with ongoing university effectiveness to ensure that VCU maintains its effectiveness as an institution and its accountability for the resources entrusted to it. In July 2005, Stephen Gottfredson, then VCU provost and vice president for academic affairs, created the Office of Planning and Decision Support to assist with the review of VCU’s administrative infrastructure and to provide ongoing evaluation of VCU’s effectiveness as an institution of higher education. Staff roles and responsibilities within the office were designed to provide analytical support for one or more important areas of decision-making within the institution. The office also works with a number of staff members in other university offices who conduct analyses and evaluation activities in advancing VCU’s institutional effectiveness.