The "T"
The "T." Courtesy (Michigan State University Office of the Provost).

Recently, leaders in higher education, industry, government, foundations, and professional associations have encouraged the development of T-shaped students and professionals. A T-shaped individual has deep knowledge of a discipline and/or way of thinking, often seen in higher education as a student's major. This is complemented by breadth in a variety of disciplines and ways of thinking coupled with crosscutting skills such as communication, project management, and critical thinking.

VT-shaped Student
1. Transdisciplinary knowledge and technological literacy 2. Informal communal learning 3. Disciplinary depth 4. Guided experiential learning

Virginia Tech looks to expand this model, creating "VT-shaped students." The "V" enriches the model bringing in technological literacy, informal communal learning, and guided experiential learning. The "V" is achieved through a variety of intentional activities at Virginia Tech, including the curriculum itself through things like undergraduate research, a robust general education curriculum that allows for opportunities like internships and education abroad, and First Year Experiences courses to set students up for success from the beginning of their time here at Virginia Tech.

“We want to prepare students who can tackle the complex global problems and opportunities of the future,” said President Tim Sands. “To do that, students need to be adaptable, resilient, and culturally competent, seeing the world through the lens of empathy and our university’s motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).”

Watch President Sands' presentation on VT-shaped students from the 2016 T-Summit Conference in March 2016:

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