Principles and Themes

Guiding Principles

The following principles are at the foundation of our vision and strategy, and will guide intentional decision-making, resource alignment and investment in our people, programs, organizational structures, processes and facilities:


We will create deeper connections and alignment within departments of the college, across Drexel and into the community beyond to ensure coherence, promote positive culture, enhance individual and organizational capacity, maximize return on resources in favor of a circular economy, streamline processes and improve efficiency. This work will involve combining or connecting functions, roles and processes that are essential, as well as pruning or “sunsetting” those which are misaligned with our broader vision and strategic choices.


We must maintain consistent attention to, and investment in, questions, problems and solutions that exist at the boundaries of overlapping, but distinct, domains in order to develop capacity and address the everchanging global landscape with maximum impact. Domains may include, but are not limited to: disciplines, departments or divisions/Colleges; areas of learning, research and problem-solving; components of the greater community (including for-profit, non-profit and community organizations, government agencies and other academic and research-based institutions); and disparate frameworks and epistemologies for problem-solving and the “creation of something new.”


We are committed to the cultivation of the mindsets, behaviors and structures to sustain a positive culture in which all identities, talents and perspectives are recognized, valued and celebrated, and whose make-up is reflective of the demographics of broader society.


We will sustain and expand our pursuit of collaborative, two-way relationships with for-profit, non-profit and community organizations, government agencies and other academic and research-based institutions in the broader landscape beyond Drexel to inform desired learning and research outcomes, and support all aspects of research, program, curriculum and practice.

Overarching Themes

Cross cutting our comprehensive strategy, the following themes provide a framework through which we will focus our efforts:

Respond to rapid changes

In response to the fast pace of innovation and knowledge development, we must create techniques for rapid curriculum renewal and setting of our research agenda.

Centralize sustainability practice/climate into pedagogy and operations

To address the current non-uniform treatment of environmental and social issues, we must accelerate the infusion of sustainability approaches across the curriculum, as well as in college administrative and financial operations.

Promote collaborative engineering solutions

As innovation is increasingly fostered through collaborative knowledge generation, we must provide problem-based, team learning opportunities to engage students in the pursuit of solutions to society’s most pressing challenges. 

Train the trainers

In order to transform the engineering education experience, we must inform efforts through research while taking advantage of the opportunity to train, or retrain, the trainers.