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The Office of Academic Advising, Retention & Diversity (AARD) supports advisors, faculty and administrative staff in identifying student challenges and guiding students through a meaningful transition toward ultimate academic, personal and professional success. AARD is a principal stakeholder in the development of student-facing policies and a disciplined operations enterprise that supports the university through operational planning, data analysis, policy implementation and workflow development.

AARD is pleased to support the activity of our colleagues to ensure that Drexel's undergraduate students are provided the resources they need to engage fully in the University's departmental and programmatic offerings. Together with academic advisors, career counselors, administrative and support service providers, we aim to create a more seamless undergraduate experience by unifying the student-advisor experience across colleges and providing the tactical support to address students' unique needs. In conjunction with Drexel's colleges and schools, we are committed to developing and standardizing practices and programs for advising and mentoring.

Our office has also developed initiatives that are designed to promote a standard of excellence, which gains importance as university stakeholders foster leadership in our undergraduates. Students' excellence and leadership are values that are furthered by the University's richly diverse student body. We recognize the importance of students' preparation and the significance of their own attributes and experiences in contributing to their success, as well as the vitality of the institution. These contributions are paramount in building the dialogue, critical thinking and problem solving that allow for learning and engagement both inside and outside the classroom.