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Robins School of Business Strategic Plan


Prepare leaders for the global business environment by engaging them in an active learning community, where excellent teaching, scholarship and service are integrated within a liberal arts university.


Provide our students with the best business education in the world.


  • Community: Our intimate, interactive environment encourages the free exchange of ideas among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University.
  • Excellence: Highest-quality teaching, scholarship and service is the basis for intellectual growth, development of new knowledge, and dissemination of established and leading-edge thought.
  • Integrity: Honesty, fairness and ethics guide our activities.
  • Respect: We recognize the importance of each individual, and endeavor to understand and appreciate diverse perspectives.

Focus Areas

The Robins School of Business has the opportunity to distinguish itself among the top U.S. business schools. Using our teacher-scholar model, we will apply our capabilities and resources to pursue distinction through four areas.

Highest-quality classroom teaching reinforced by scholarship

We offer a distinctive combination of top-ranked academic quality and small class size. We will create the best learning environment for our students, and support and reward excellent teaching and research for our faculty.

  • Strengthen curriculum through innovative new courses and coordination of existing courses
  • Develop integrated offerings across disciplines and schools, consistent with The Richmond Promise
  • Support high-impact research in quality discipline-based pedagogical and managerial outlets
  • Encourage and reward research contributions of particular distinction
  • Support faculty teaching development, including pedagogical conferences and workshops
  • Increase proportion of courses taught by full-time faculty, and decrease occurrences of class sizes greater than 2

Rich and diverse experiential learning outside the classroom

Our small class size also enables us to create personalized learning experiences for our students outside the classroom, and to attentively mentor our students through these experiential learning opportunities.

  • Support faculty to strengthen existing and develop new experiential learning activities
  • CABE coordinate with University schools and Business disciplines on activities of mutual interest
  • CABE coordinate with Center for Civic Engagement on activities of mutual interest
  • CABE serve as focal data repository and reporting point for experiential learning activities
  • Incorporate student-faculty research and case competitions into experiential learning

Deep-rooted relationships with leading business and governmental organizations

The Richmond area is home to the headquarters of 10 Fortune 1000 firms (one of the highest concentrations in the U.S.), one of the 12 U.S. Federal Reserve Banks, and the Virginia state capital. Richmond also affords convenient access to our nation's capital in Washington, D.C., and financial centers in New York and Charlotte. Our location and relationships will be an asset for student learning and faculty teaching and research.

  • Strengthen relationships with leading area organizations, consistent with The Richmond Promise
  • Leverage relationships and career programs to place students into intern-/extern-ships and full-time positions
  • Use faculty participation in MBA Program and Executive Education to establish and strengthen relationships
  • Restart faculty fellows program and initiate corporate partners program
  • Maintain active engagement with alumni in New York, Washington, D.C., and other leading centers

Global worldview through integrated coursework and international opportunities

The University of Richmond has dedicated significant resources toward international programming for students, and the Robins School of Business has implemented partnerships with premier universities throughout the world.

  • Establish pre-study abroad workshop and post-study abroad program
  • Increase international internship and externship opportunities for students
  • Develop short-term study abroad options for students
  • Center for International Business Programs serve as focal point for coordination
  • Increase faculty involvement in international programs, and review international content in curriculum
  • Become an active and contributing member of CUIBE, and consider other programs such as CIBER

Learning Goals

Employers will value our students for their exceptional skills in four areas.

  • Analytical and critical thinking.
  • Written and verbal communication.
  • Global business and diversity management.
  • Ethical leadership and decision-making.

Robins School of Business

1 Gateway Road
University of Richmond, VA 23173
(804) 289-8550