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Accomplishments 2012-2014

Now, in 2015, we can take stock of our accomplishments, giving us an opportunity to re-double our attention on our existing goals, while identifying new goals to tackle next. We will also bring together the ambitious vision of Drexel’s Master Plan with the academic aspirations of our Strategic Plan.

Invest in Academic Excellence

  • Mapped Drexel Student Learning Priorities to integrate priorities into programs and curriculum
  • Initiated the Academic Program Alignment and Review (PAR) process to engage internal and external reviewers to assess all programs over a seven year cycle
  • Implemented an initiative fostering diversity and inclusive excellence of faculty, students and professional staff
  • Established and made steady progress toward a recruitment goal of hiring 100 new faculty over five years

Intensify and Improve the Student Experience

  • Opened LeBow Hall and URBN Center, partially renovated Stratton Hall, renovated Nesbitt Hall, and updated numerous classrooms and laboratories
  • Added 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 869 student beds at Chestnut Square in partnership with American Campus Communities
  • Improved student financial aid, bursar and registration services by launching Drexel Central
  • Improved student health services, implemented the recommendations of the Suicide Prevention Task Force and expanded initiatives related to Title IX and sexual violence
  • Launched the “Van R Project” pilot to deepen freshman co-curricular engagement with faculty in the students’ residential setting
  • Completed Perelman Plaza and added social seating in multiple campus areas


Enhance Drexel’s Global Impact

  • Created six new international strategic collaborations, with two more in development
  • Tripled the number of programs across the University that enhance and support cross-cultural education and engagement
  • Exceeded goal of 25% increase in number and types of study abroad experiences, and increased by more than 300% programming offered through the Office of International Programs
  • Increased number of students participating in Global Co-op experiences by 33%


  • Founded Close School of Entrepreneurship
  • Launched Drexel Ventures
  • Established Office of Corporate Relations and Economic Development
  • Created ExCITe Center and Innovation Center @3401, anchored by DreamIt Ventures and
  • Opened A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
  • Successfully completed searches for new deans of the College of Medicine, College of Engineering, LeBow College of Business, School of Public Health, Pennoni Honors College, and School of Education
  • Successfully launched new Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in the College of Medicine
  • Launched Clinical and Translational Research Institute with successful first round of seed funding
  • Developed a three-phase research facilities infrastructure project, which will commence this fall with Bossone Research Enterprise Center and 3101 Market Street


  • Secured all available properties at the gateway to Drexel’s campus
  • Launched 30th Street Station District Plan with Amtrak, SEPTA, Brandywine, and other planning partners
  • Received proposals from potential Innovation Neighborhood master developers to create the new center of gravity for Philadelphia’s economic development
  • Expanded civic engagement programs and partnerships among faculty, students, professional staff and the local community
  • Opened Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships and expanded community outreach
  • Acquired University City High School site and started demolition, abatement, and planning for future development
  • President Barack Obama named West Philadelphia a “Promise Zone”

Master Plan met our critical 5-year milestones in the first 18 months. Examples shown below include URBN Center, Chestnut Square, Stratton Hall, Dornsife Center, LeBow Hall, Bennett S. LeBow at the dedication of the new Gerri C. LeBow Hall.


  • Implemented Student Lifecycle Management with several major changes already in place
  • Reorganized Drexel University Online with new leadership and repositioned it back on a growth trajectory, with fall 2014 student enrollment up 8%
  • Developed a set of strategic filters, based on Drexel’s core values, to use when evaluating potential new business partnerships and opportunities

Further Accomplishments

grassroots service projects begun or managed by students and employees

of freshmen participating in the core civic engagement component of Drexel’s curriculum

estimated annual economic impact from the Innovation Neighborhood, Drexel’s research-driven mixed-use development on 12 acres in the heart of Philadelphia