Build on our experiential learning legacy
To prepare our undergraduate students for the complex societal challenges that will dominate the professional world they will enter, more deeply integrate Drexel engineering’s distinctive co-op into the classroom activities of students and faculty, as well as enhance the Drexel engineering educational experience through in-depth assessment and continuous improvement of the ways in which we teach and mentor our students. In particular, we will enrich the First-Year Curriculum and Experience to boost students’ enthusiasm and improve recruitment and retention. Beyond the first year, we will strategically modify the substance and structure of the overall curriculum to promote emotional intelligence (EQ, or “emotional quotient”); to focus the attention of students on global challenges, like sustainability, climate change, the circular economy and how these issues relate to engineering; to promote applied service learning; and to enable groups of students and faculty to focus Drexel engineering attention on rapidly evolving topics.
Reimagine engineering graduate programs
We will explore opportunities for launching new, agile degree programs and rethink the boundaries of executive and professional education. Beginning with a systematic review of current offerings, we will refocus our graduate programs to ensure they serve the needs of students and employers, including new delivery modalities. We will also identify opportunities to improve graduate recruitment and retention particularly at the master’s degree level. In particular, we will leverage our deep connections with industry to revise/create relevant, forward-thinking and in-demand programs for working, professional engineers.
Enhance our research impact through collaboration and innovation
To enhance the research impact of the college, we will embrace a collaborative approach that leverages our existing strengths and aims to address critical and significant societal challenges through emerging engineering methods and platforms across renewable energy and power; health, wellness and medicine; smart cities; and resource stewardship and sustainability. We seek to improve the quality of our doctoral programs to ensure competitiveness in recruiting student researchers. We will boost our translational and industry-related research footprint to improve society through research discoveries and to enable new opportunities for collaborative work. To ensure the success of these efforts, we must build a research infrastructure that is robust and agile enough to support diverse and timely research activities.
Foster community and inclusion through EQ and renewed spaces
In support of the academic and community experience for all of Drexel engineering faculty, students and staff, as well as to create a more harmonious and collaborative culture, we will seek ways to enhance our collective EQ, as well as review and reinvigorate the college’s physical infrastructure needs. In addition to the aforementioned curricular updates that incorporate EQ learning methods, we will provide training and growth opportunities to all members of our community to enhance our ability to identify, understand and effectively manage professional and mentoring relationships. We will reactivate and re-envision the college’s committee on diversity, equity and inclusion to thoughtfully respond to issues of social injustice and affect positive cultural change. With regard to space, we seek to consolidate the college's campus footprint and establish engineering as the "gateway" to Drexel University, all while ensuring spaces align with research and innovation needs. Importantly, we are committed to implementing long-term sustainable practices as we renew and build our physical spaces.