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Welcome to Friday, June 7!

I hope everyone survived their college and K-12 graduations! 

This week includes the quarterly Board of Visitors meeting at UVa and the unveiling of UVa's 10-year strategic plan. Not sure what that is or why it matters to you? Read on!

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UVa brings back early decision

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ANDREW SHURTLEFF/THE DAILY PROGRESS Students walk the lawn during the 2019 Final Exercises Sunday at the University of Virginia.

UVa made headlines in 2006 when it announced it would end its early decision applications process and move to one, single process.

Last month, it made headlines again when it announced it would bring ED back, so that there are now three tracks a prospective student can apply through: regular decision; the non-binding early action; and binding early decision.

I talked with Dean of Admissions Greg Roberts and President Jim Ryan, who both said they made the call in response to requests from high school students. In response to criticism that ED favors white, affluent students who can commit to schools before ​receiving their financial aid letters, Roberts and Ryan said equity and access was still a top priority.

Strategic plan takes aim at financial aid, student housing

Ryan’s new 2030 Plan offers a broader financial aid initiative, dubbed SuccessUVa, which, according to a draft version of the document, “will go even further — significantly expanding our financial aid program to enable more low- and middle-income students to attend the university.”

Other topics to tackle include requiring all first- and second-years to live on Grounds, increasing faculty diversity and research and expansion in Northern Virginia. While the plan nods to the work of the Community Working Group, however, it does not explicitly offer any plans to take its recommendations or further expand a new minimum wage.

Adenovirus reported at UVa

On Wednesday, UVa Health System officials said they had confirmed one severe case of the respiratory illness

Adenovirus typically resolves quickly, but can lead to severe complications and even death if a person has a compromised immune system. An outbreak at the University of Maryland last year led to the death of one student.

State and local health officials say they are not aware of an outbreak in the area, but that cases would not necessarily be required to be reported to them.​​

Data Science building, Darden Inn move forward

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The University of Virginia Board of Visitors’ Building and Grounds Committee voted to site the School of Data Science near the corner of Emmet Street and Ivy Road and make it part of the development of the former Cavalier Inn parcel.


The Board of Visitors' building committee approved next steps for the proposed site of the School of Data Science Building on Emmet Street and Ivy Road; the schematics for the new Inn at Darden; and schematics for another dorm on Brandon Avenue.

Other board business:

  • The College at Wise was hit hard by Virginia Tech's overenrollment, according to Chancellor Donna Henry on Thursday. Ninety-seven high school graduates put deposits down at the college but then canceled their enrollment; Henry said many of them decided to attend Tech instead. Now that Tech is severely overenrolled, the College is reaching out to some of those students to see if they do still want to come to Wise, even if it's just for a gap year.
  • UVa has started an Office of Youth Protection to try and handle the safety of minors who come to Grounds for programs, camps and short events.

Good dogs around Grounds 

Have a pet pic to share from UVa or around Charlottesville? Send it to rserven@dailyprogress with a note about who took the picture for a chance to be featured!​

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