The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education (VTC) is a consortium of thirteen institutions of higher education, including four community colleges, four public colleges and universities, four private and a National Defense University. In addition, VTC has two associate and affiliate members. Established in 1973, the Virginia Tidewater Consortium enhances the educational opportunities for nearly 150,000 students currently attending our member institutions.
The purpose of the Consortium is to coordinate and facilitate higher education services in the Tidewater region in order to provide maximum educational opportunities for the citizens of the area.
The Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education is a proactive consortium with the following goals:
- To determine the need for higher education programs and to provide increased educational opportunities for area residents.
- To encourage cooperative projects among the institutions of higher education to better serve the citizens of the area.
- To establish linkages between the member institutions and business, industry, government, and the military.
- To enrich existing academic opportunities, exchange and articulation programs.
- To work cooperatively with the local school divisions to serve the educational needs of teachers and administrators.
- To develop the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process.
- To enhance the economic development of the region by providing an opportunity for the development of a highly trained workforce.
The Virginia Tidewater Consortium helps develop and share ideas, information, programs and resources to achieve its goals, which include promoting cooperation and collaboration among its member institutions to serve the people of the Tidewater region through higher education and related services. The VTC functions independently of any one institution to serve all its members.