Pivot Point: Drexel University President’s Report 2015

From the President

Americans are taking a hard look at what makes colleges and universities important to families and society. As a result, higher education is changing rapidly.

Fortunately, Drexel's strengths - experiential learning, translational research, deep civic engagement - are more relevant than ever in this transformed landscape. And in 2015 we moved aggressively to better focus our resources on academic excellence and student success.

Drexel has prioritized recruiting "right-fit" students and fully supporting them throughout their time at the University. We have also continued our quest to keep a Drexel education affordable. Our goal is to achieve higher student retention and graduation rates that will make our University successful and sustainable for the long term.

Our strategy has required critical investments in academics, advising, cooperative education support and financial aid. The next campaign for Drexel will be driven by our twin aims of student success and academic excellence.

The stories in these pages demonstrate the direction in which Drexel is moving as one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial universities in the United States. They describe how Drexel's students and faculty use this University as a platform to become leaders, to push the boundaries of knowledge and to find solutions for urban problems and global challenges.

I am so proud to share this report with Drexel stakeholders and the many friends who are interested in where this great University is headed.


John A. Fry

John A. Fry

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