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Strategic Plan Implementation - Task Force Membership and Areas of Focus

Academic, Professional and Clinical Excellence

Sr. Leaders: B. Blake / D. Ruben / M. Weyler

Implementation Task Force: A. Aghayere, S. Aldridge, A. Asprakis, T. DeChiaro, J. DiNardo, S. DiPietro, A. Fontecchio, P. Franks, M. Freeman, F. Linnehan, E. McNamara Horvat, G. Montanaro, D. Nitecki, K. Risi, A. Saunders, L. Scheffer, N. Stein, D. Unruh.

  • Foster One University by increasing interdisciplinarity, reducing unnecessary duplication, and ensuring comparability
  • Re-envision online and hybrid learning and set the pace as an industry leader, with Drexel University Online reaching 9,000 students by 2020
  • Implement Responsibility Center Management (RCM) to align decision-making with financial outcomes
  • Explore educational innovation by applying Drexel Student Learning Priorities (DSLPs) and Program Alignment and Review (PAR) recommendations, by re-envisioning curricula for graduate and professional education and by examining innovative curricular sequencing
  • Analyze the Drexel Network for educational impact and financial feasibility
  • Plan expansion and reorganization of the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Support faculty and professional staff equity and diversity in recruitment, retention, and advancement
  • Nurture career development for faculty and professional staff by focusing on leadership, retention, team building and community workforce development
  • Continue renewal and improvement of existing academic, professional and clinical facilities, such as the renovation of the Beneficial Savings Fund Society Building to house the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy, the expanded Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center and the phased renovations of Three Parkway Building, Stratton Hall, 3101 Market Street, Bossone Research Enteprise Center and Disque Hall
  • Align capital campaign goals with academic needs

Student Lifecycle Management

Sr. Leaders: R. Deike / D. Murasko / M. Soroush 

Implementation Task Force: S. Aldridge, S. Anandan, D. Ascarelli, A. Asprakis, J. DiNardo, P. Franks, M. Freeman, T. Gilrain, J. Herbert, P. Jensen, G. Montanaro, S. Sahu.
Ex-Officio Member: B. Blake

  • Increase Drexel's student population through retention by improving the student experience, creating a culture of student success and putting students in the best position to achieve
  • Align recruitment, advising and student affairs to foster student success and satisfaction
  • Recruit to retain, as one critical factor in realizing a 6-year graduation rate of 80% for the class starting in fall 2015, with a first to second year retention rate of 90%
  • Improve the student residential experience, for example through residential learning experiences and the University Housing Capital Renewal Plan
  • Focus on access and affordability for potential students
  • Align the university capital campaign with need-based financial aid
  • Promote diversity and student engagement through intercultural activities and initiatives like the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life and the Liberty Scholars Program
  • Continue to build excellence and national leadership in experiential and co-operative education

Global Impact

Sr. Leaders: D. Schidlow / J. Mostov / P. Franks

Implementation Task Force: A. Asprakis, J. Bradt, W. Burdick, J. DiNardo, L. Forristal, B. Furrow, Y. Gogotsi, T. Hoffman, S. Marquez, R. Minana, G. Montanaro, D. Murasko, B. Onaral, S. Sahu, B. Smith, W. Sun.

  • Expand and deepen global partnerships in key regions of the world with preeminent institutions that align with Drexel's academic priorities
  • Foster global representation in the Innovation Neighborhood
  • Grow global experiential learning, especially in co-op
  • Further develop global research platforms
  • Expand and deepen international experiences for faculty and students across the university, including international fellowship and exchange programs, service opportunities, study abroad, and research
  • Strengthen foreign language instruction and global opportunities for faculty and students to prepare them for international experiences and for citizenship in a global world

Research & Innovation

Sr. Leaders: B. Blake / A. Saunders / H. Eisen

Implementation Task Force: A. Asprakis, K. Barbee, H. Bowman, K. Dandekar, D. DeCarolis, Y. Deng, P. Franks, M. Freeman, J. Herbert, K. Joyce, M. Marcolongo, R. McGrath, E. McNamara Horvat, O. Meucci, G. Montanaro, C. Newschaffer, K. Orris, S. Rocheleau, M. Schultheis, A. Shokoufandeh, K. Simansky, R. Suri, D. Velinsky.

  • Improve Drexel's national position in research
  • Strengthen both the physical and organizational infrastructure for research, improving research support services across the university and affiliates
  • Build University-wide capacity for use-inspired translational research, technology transfer and economic development
  • Grow year-over-year in research expenditures and lay the groundwork for future aggressive growth, positioning Drexel to take its place in the top 100 American Universities in the Lombardi Report 
  • Identify and capitalize upon new avenues for funding
  • Build out Drexel Ventures, expanding tech transfer and commercialization efforts
  • Enhance opportunities for student and post-doc participation in research
  • Continue implementation of the Research Laboratory Master Plan by renovating research facilities 

Master Planning

Sr. Leaders: D. DeCarolis / B. Keech / T. Kurzweg

Implementation Task Force: B. Blake, A. Asprakis, P. Brandt-Rauf, J. Coddington, Y. Deng, E. Ellis, R. Francis, D. Gefen, L. Kerman, F. Montalto, G. Montanaro, J. Mossey, K. Orris, M. Sheller, H. Steinberg, N. Trainer, D. Unruh.

  • Become most civically enganged university via neighborhood initiatives, such as those designed to create innovative health and educational partnerships and economic opportunities
  • Support diversity and inclusion in our business practices, vendor relationships and in master planning
  • Consider all Drexel campuses in master planning to promote unification as One University
  • Ensure space-planning is academically driven to create bold new teaching, research, professional, clinical and creative work spaces
  • Establish a collaborative, consistent, transparent campus space allocation process
  • Undertake a public realm plan to connect campus precincts to each other and to the city, improve community spaces and make our campus more attractive and people-friendly
  • Build the Drexel / Amtrak gateway
  • Complete The Summit student housing, dining and retail complex at Lancaster Avenue and 34th Street with over 1,300 beds and 20,000 square feet of retail in partnership with American Campus Communities
  • Create mixed-use development at 32nd and Race streets featuring a 175-capacity childcare center, market-rate apartment housing, and attractive townhomes
  • Construct, with developer Hospitality 3, The Study at University City, a 212-room boutique hotel at 33rd and Chestnut streets

Past Implementation Task Forces (2012-2014)

Strategic Initiative 1 – Invest in Academic Excellence

Sr. Leader – M. Greenberg

Initiative 1, Subgroup A: Student Academic Experience
Subgroup A Leaders: J. Biros/L. Scheffer
(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, S. Aldridge, F. Cornelius, D. DeCarolis, J. DiNardo, S. DiPietro, A. Fontecchio, P. Franks, J. Johnson-Kebea, D. Nitecki, H. Perez, D. Ruben, M. Scheuermann, J. Spanier. 
a. Infuse Drexel Student Learning Priorities across curriculum and in Co-op
b. Foster curricular flexibility
c. Focus on experiential education including civic engagement and Co-op
d. Enhance learning for online and hybrid students
e. Develop curricula to support student and faculty enterprises
f. Direct financial investment toward academic priorities

Initiative 1, Subgroup B: Student Academic Services
Subgroup B Leaders: J. DiNardo/A. Bosio/D. Saar
(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, S. Aldridge, D. Ascarelli, J. Biros, R. Bishop, K. DeVose, E. Finn, P. Franks, M. Freeman, F. Linnehan, K. Matuch, M. Moran, B. Posmontier, D. Ruth, A. Torres.

a. Integrate student academic services, such as advising
b. Explore change from quarters to semesters
c. Foster “One University” by creating collaborative, effective, efficient means to support education

Initiative 1, Subgroup C: Faculty & Professional Staff Development & Engagement
Subgroup C Leaders: J. DiNardo/F. Linnehan/N. Stein
(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, A. Aghayere, L Bellardine, H. Benson, J. Biros, P. Frisko, B. Hornum, M. Moran, K. Nulton, T. Richardson, M. Scheuermann.

a. Engage faculty as intellectual leaders, develop mentorship programs and engage faculty in reinvigorated leadership programs
b. Develop a strategic hiring process and hire 100 new faculty
c. Engage current faculty in cultivating, helping identify, and recruiting top candidates and clusters not just in their disciplines, but strategically and across disciplines.
d. Connect faculty through online, searchable database of expertise
e. Support faculty and professional staff equity and diversity in recruitment, retention, and advancement
f. Assess performance of faculty and professional staff
g. Focus on work-life balance for faculty and professional staff
h. Support fund raising for faculty endowed positions and educational resources (equipment, labs, classrooms, office space, graduate assistants, etc.)

Strategic Initiative 2 – Intensify and Improve Student Experience

Sr. Leaders – H. Bowman/J. Tucker/J. Breaux

(Staff - Irene Tsikitas)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, S. Anandan, R. Buchalter, J. Eberly, M. Freeman, K. Lacovara, R. LaRue, D. Marenda, J. Mathew, K. Matuch, D. McEachron, D. Nitecki, T. Rodriguez, M. Rovinsky-Mayer, D. Ruth, J. Seaman, M. Shurbaji.

a. Invest in student body
b. Re-imagine residential life, athletics, recreation 
c. Improve budget model
d. Improve operational processes
e. Support “One University” by improving the student experience for all Drexel students

Strategic Initiative 3 – Enhance Drexel’s Global Impact

Sr. Leaders – D. Schidlow/J. Mostov/P. Franks

(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, J. Bradt, W. Burdick, T. Diaz, J. DiNardo, L. Forristal, B. Furrow, Y. Gogotsi, B. Hoekje, S. Marquez, D. Murasko, S. Schlichting-Artur, B. Smith, W. Sun, R. Weidensaul.

a. Transform into hub of excellence
b. Grow global experiential learning, especially in Co-op
c. Develop global research platforms
d. Develop Faculty Collaborations in global knowledge production
e. Support “One University” by enhancing Drexel’s global impact across all units
f. Support cultural competency

Strategic Initiative 4 - Create an Innovation Nexus

Sr. Leaders – M. Greenberg/D. Crawford/M. Exler/R. Cairncross

(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, H. Bowman, D. DeCarolis, D. Fenske, C. Hunold, M. Marcolongo, R. McGrath, B. Onaral, K. Orris, T. Raynor, K. Risi, S. Rocheleau, K. Simansky, J. Tucker, D. Turner, D. Velinsky, K. Williams, J. Zabinski.

a. Improve Drexel’s national position in research
b. Build translational research, innovation, entrepreneurship
c. Create an Office of Corporate Partnerships 
d. Establish Drexel Ventures
e. Integrate undergraduate research into curriculum 
f. Advance multi-disciplinary initiatives that support collaborations and the goal of “One University”

Strategic Initiative 5 – Develop Transportation Hub-Based District

Sr. Leaders – J. Tucker/B. Keech/D. DeCarolis/T. Kurzweg

(Staff – Irene Tsikitas)

Implementation Task Force: J. Fleetwood, J. Biros, J. Campbell, J. Coddington, R. Francis, D. Gefen, L. Kerman, F. Montalto, J. Mossey, K. Orris, T. Richardson, M. Sheller, R. Stokes, N. Trainer.

a. Implement campus Master Plan and create an attractive front door
b. Redevelop the Superblock
c. Create well-designed campus
d. Become most civically engaged university via neighborhood initiatives
e. Foster “One University” through the hub-based district
f. Expand academic reputation through affiliations
g. Support diversity as a value through the development of the hub-based district

Strategic Initiative 6 – Enrollment and Academic Success

Sr. Leaders – R. Martinelli/D. Murasko/K. Moxon

(Staff – Antonis Asprakis)

Implementation Task Force: M. Greenberg, J. Fleetwood, S. Aldridge, J. Biros, G. Donnelly, L. Doyle, M. Freeman, P. Jensen, E. Koku, T. Torres, C. Turner.

a. Grow enrollment commensurate with student demand and academic capacity 
b. Develop E-Learning and the Drexel Network
c. Support Drexel’s historic commitment to access and academic success 
d. Expand Drexel’s academic reputation and market footprint