Academic Initiatives

Technology, Teaching and Learning:

Technological Competencies for Cadets
As part of their general-education experience, cadets are required to demonstrate basic competency in five technological applications: word processing, email, spreadsheets, use of the internet, and presentation software. Individual departments may require competency at higher levels and in particular software or additional areas.

The Institute provides online tutorials and technical support for the following programs, which will be used to assess the basic competencies: Word, Outlook, Excel, Explorer, and PowerPoint. Fourth-class cadets are required to complete online tests (with a minimum score of 70%) in each of these programs before they will be allowed to register for classes for their third-class year. The Institute will begin making these tests available during the summer before matriculation, and students will be encouraged (but not required) to complete them during the Summer Transition Program.

Technological Competencies for Faculty
Increasingly, VMI is becoming an electronic community, committing substantial resources to the effective use of technology in teaching, communication, and information management across Post. Faculty members are therefore strongly encouraged to be competent in word processing, email, spreadsheets, use of the internet, and presentation software. Individual departments may encourage proficiency in particular software or additional applications. 

VMI Research Labs

Since its inception, VMIRL has administered more than 260 grants and contracts totaling nearly $10,000,000. Faculty researchers at VMI have obtained financial support for their projects from federal sources such as:

  • NSF
  • NIH
  • NEH
  • Agricultural Research Service of the USDA
  • DoD
  • and the Army Research Institute
  • as well as from state resources, e.g., VDOT
  • Va. Department of Environmental Quality
  • Center for Innovative Technology
  • Va. Department of Health
  • Va. Department of Information Technology
  • and Va. Department of Technology Planning
  • and from private corporations such as Babcock and Wilcox
  • Jeffress Memorial Trust
  • Emhart Glass
  • Research Corp. of America
  • Ford Motor Corporation
  • and the Harrington Corporation.