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Strategic Plan

Designing the Future of the College

Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan

In a time of global uncertainty and unending change, the liberal arts and sciences have never been more necessary or valuable. The College of Arts and Sciences stands ready.

The College challenges students to see beyond their own perspectives, understanding the problems of today to pioneer the solutions of tomorrow. With a diverse range of programs spanning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, we drive positive change in the world in a wide range of areas, from cancer research and environmental sustainability to social activism and disaster preparedness, and so much more. Through our comprehensive, real-world approach to education we empower graduates to respond confidently to the world’s most pressing issues — now and long into their future.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

In 1990, the present-day College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) was created out of a combination of the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Our current strategic planning process is an opportunity for us to review our distinguished past and align our core values toward future success. The College’s core mission is central to ensuring excellence in foundational education across the entire University. We are a dynamic and diverse community of inquisitive scholars and thoughtful learners, each focused on making a positive impact on the world around us. We strive to build the knowledge and skills needed to develop students as leaders in a changing world with an eye toward improving the common good.

The Planning Process

The College’s strategic planning effort began in 2020 under the guidance of former Dean Norma Bouchard, PhD, who retained the independent consultant firm Fairmount Ventures to lead the process. From the fall of 2020 through the spring of 2021, Fairmount conducted stakeholder interviews and focus groups and met numerous times with the College’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee. The firm submitted its initial plan in spring 2021, and after input from the Steering Committee, it submitted the final plan that fall.

With Bouchard’s departure, former Interim Dean Kelly Joyce, PhD, assumed leadership of the project. In the fall of 2021 and winter of 2022, the College conducted multiple strategic planning retreats during which department heads, program directors, associate deans and administrative directors collaborated on a draft vision, mission, core beliefs and values, and goals and priorities. The College then held a face-to-face town hall and survey that gave the entire CoAS community the chance to weigh in with feedback, with the final plan representing a consensus of opinion on the College’s strategic path forward.

Steering Committee


Our vision is to be locally, regionally, nationally and globally recognized for impactful research, scholarship, creative inquiry and civic engagement. We are a leader in experiential learning through our Co-op program, community-based learning courses, and undergraduate and graduate research opportunities.


The College of Arts and Sciences aims to identify and address the grand challenges of our world through our research, teaching and community outreach. The College’s dedicated, engaged faculty and staff train and educate new leaders to provide vision and direction in an ever-changing world. Through our emphasis on experiential learning, community engagement and hands-on research experiences, students learn to identify and solve societal challenges. Educated in modes of inquiry ranging from historical to scientific, from theoretical to data-driven, students are prepared to participate in local, regional and global communities in thoughtful, meaningful ways.

Core Beliefs and Values

Solving Society's Greatest Challenges

The 3Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking and Communication

Interdisciplinary Discovery and Learning

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Accountability and Transparency

Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan: Goals and Priorities

Our Strategic Plan

We invite you to review a copy of our strategic plan and welcome any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have.

Strategic Plan [Download PDF]


Our next step will be to develop an implementation plan that addresses our vision, mission, core beliefs and values, and goals and priorities. We look forward to working together on implementation and sharing our progress as we move forward.