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Announcements

  • 2022

    • Announcing the Awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant

      June 08, 2022

      I am pleased to announce the awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant, promoting transdisciplinary research innovation through participatory climate and environmental problem solving. The funded projects demonstrate strong transdisciplinary and multi-college engagements with external partners, as well as community-centered approaches to solving environmental problems. All of the projects, briefly described below, will provide unique, experiential learning opportunities for students. They are also aimed at building community; fostering curricular and research innovation; and informing the ongoing, year-one implementation of The Environmental Collaboratory.

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    • New Gift from Jeff Westphal Will Support Innovation & Immersive Experiences

      May 26, 2022

      Today, we have the privilege of announcing a generous gift from Jeff Westphal in honor of his father, Ray Westphal ’59, HD ’02, which will help to advance critical areas of the Strategic Plan. His gift will help to establish the Innovation Engine, an initiative that will support the integration of experiential learning, curricular innovation, research and interdisciplinary solutions across Drexel. The Engine will be led by the Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Drexel Solutions Institute and will be co-designed with the Drexel community.

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    • Early Dismissal for Memorial Day Weekend

      May 26, 2022

      As we prepare to observe Memorial Day, we remember, memorialize and honor those who lost their lives while serving our country. It is a time to reflect on and express our gratitude to our active military, our veterans and their families. Since this weekend also signals the unofficial start to summer, in appreciation of our faculty and professional staff's work and dedication to Drexel, offices can close Friday, May 27, at 2 p.m. to give employees extra time with their families. Your contributions and commitment keep our University strong and united in common purpose.

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    • 2021-2022 Faculty Awards

      May 23, 2022

      As a means of supporting the ongoing development of our research, scholarship, and creative activities, as well as recognizing excellence in teaching, and professional service, the Office of Research & Innovation and the Office of Faculty Advancement and Undergraduate Affairs are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-22 Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards and the 2021-22 Provost Awards for Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Service.

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    • Commencement RSVP and Regalia Information

      April 04, 2022

      All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the University-wide ceremony at Citizens Bank Park, where President Fry will confer degrees and Keynote Speaker Freeman A. Hrabowski III, educator, author, civil rights advocate, mathematician and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will address the crowd. Please RSVP for all Commencement ceremonies by Friday, April 29

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    • Academic Reminders for Spring Quarter (Students)

      March 29, 2022

      Welcome to the spring quarter! This announcement contains key reminders to help students navigate the quarter.

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    • Academic Reminders for Spring Quarter (Faculty)

      March 29, 2022

      Welcome to the spring quarter! This announcement contains key reminders to help faculty navigate the quarter.

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    • Revised Academic Calendar Dates for Summer Quarter

      March 28, 2022

      The Academic Calendar for summer quarter 2022 has been adjusted in response to Drexel’s observation of Juneteenth on Monday, June 20. The summer quarter will now start on Tuesday, June 21 and end on Monday, August 29, 2022. Term examinations will begin on Tuesday, August 30. 

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    • Accommodating Religious Observances

      March 21, 2022

      Drexel University is dedicated to an environment that respects and allows the free practice of the many faith traditions of our University community. As we prepare for the spring term — a term filled with numerous religious holidays and days of observation — this is a reminder that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • Drexel and Lockheed Martin to Launch Technology Incubator and New Co-op Program

      March 16, 2022

      We are excited to report that Drexel University and Lockheed Martin will expand their long-standing partnership this fall by opening an on-campus technology and innovation incubator and launching a new STEM careers rotational co-op program. Spearheaded by the Drexel Solutions Institute, the expanded partnership will generate new experiential learning and research opportunities for Drexel students and faculty.

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    • Key Reminders Regarding Daylight Saving Time and Religious Accommodations

      March 01, 2022

      We will "spring forward" by one hour on Sunday, March 13 as we move into daylight saving time. Coincidentally, finals week for Winter Quarter starts the next day on Monday, March 14. The following are some recommendations for administering your final exams without any disruptions. Additionally, as you prepare for spring classes, please remember that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • Provost’s Office Strategic Priorities

      February 04, 2022

      This fall marked two years in my role as Provost. To advance the Plan imperatives and address the growing economic challenges in higher education, my office has defined strategic priorities that will guide our focus and resource allocation over the coming year and beyond.

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    • Drexel Sustains Prestigious R1 Research Classification

      February 03, 2022

      We are proud to share the exciting news that Drexel University has again achieved national recognition in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, retaining its designation as an “R1 Doctoral University: Very High Research Activity.” Drexel is one of 146 institutions out of approximately 3,900 to receive this prestigious classification, indicating the highest level of research activity. Notably, we are one of only 39 private universities to earn the distinction.

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    • Keeping the Drexel Community Prepared: COVID-19 Booster Deadline Is Feb. 28

      February 02, 2022

      As previously noted, to help protect our community against current and future surges, Drexel is requiring all faculty, professional staff and students on campus who are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot to receive one and upload their documentation to the Drexel Health Checker, unless they have received a University-approved medical or religious exemption. The deadline to provide booster documentation is February 28.

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    • Reflecting on Drexel's Climate Year

      January 28, 2022

      Last year, students, faculty, staff and researchers at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences came together to make 2021 Drexel’s Climate Year. Together with the Climate & Sustainability Working Group, I am pleased to share highlights of the progress that has been made since the midyear report in July.

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    • Pennoni Panel on Academic Freedom in the Classroom

      January 19, 2022

      I wanted to make sure you received the invite to the Pennoni Panel on academic freedom in the classroom hosted by the Pennoni Honors College. This virtual panel discussion is among a series of discussions that are being collaboratively hosted across the University to address academic freedom and diversity and inclusion efforts.

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    • New Provost Solutions Fellows Appointments

      January 19, 2022

      A joint initiative of the Provost’s Office and the Drexel Solutions Institute, the Provost Solutions Fellows comprise faculty experts from across the University who partner with external organizations to address organizational challenges, build research and scholarship, and create experiential learning opportunities for Drexel students. We are pleased to share that four faculty members have been appointed to two-year terms as Provost Solutions Fellows, joining the inaugural cohort.

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    • Academic FAQ for Students: Winter Quarter / Spring Semester

      January 18, 2022

      To facilitate a smooth return to campus, we've created a webpage with frequently asked questions about the academic experience this winter quarter and spring semester.

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    • Academic FAQ for Instructors: Winter Quarter / Spring Semester

      January 18, 2022

      To facilitate a smooth return to campus, we've created a webpage with frequently asked questions about the academic experience this winter quarter and spring semester.

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    • Academic Information for Students Regarding the Return to In-Person Instruction

      January 14, 2022

      As the Return Oversight Committee shared in Wednesday’s announcement, Drexel will be returning to in-person instruction the week of January 17. This announcement contains academic information for students regarding the return to in-person instruction.

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    • Academic Information for Faculty & Staff Regarding the Return to In-Person Instruction

      January 14, 2022

      As the Return Oversight Committee shared in Wednesday’s announcement, Drexel will be returning to in-person instruction for the week of January 17. This announcement contains academic information for faculty and staff regarding the return to in-person instruction.

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  • 2021

    • Classes to Remain Remote for Week 2 of Winter Term

      December 30, 2021

      Based on current COVID-19 data, guidance from our public health and medical experts and forecasted pandemic conditions, Drexel has made the decision to add an additional week of remote instruction to the beginning of the winter quarter/spring semester for most students.

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    • An Inspiring End to the Year

      December 21, 2021

      Thank you all for what you do every day for this University. I know it can be easy to lose sight of the power of that work when you’re tired or caught up in the day-to-day. But it is meaningful, and it could not be done without you.

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    • Return to Winter Term: Important Updates (Students)

      December 21, 2021

      The health and wellbeing of our University community remains the utmost priority as we head into the new year. This message contains important updates for students for the return to winter term.

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    • Boosters to Be Required for Winter Term

      December 21, 2021

      All eligible Drexel faculty, professional staff and students are now required to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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    • Early Closing on Thursday, December 23

      December 20, 2021

      As we approach the winter break, we want to take this moment to express our gratitude for all your hard work and dedication to Drexel over the past year, which enabled our University to perform exceptionally well under extremely challenging and often rapidly changing circumstances.


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    • Remote Start to Winter Quarter

      December 17, 2021

      The start of the winter quarter and of some spring semester programs has been modified in response to available COVID-19 data and forecasted pandemic conditions.

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    • Course Repeat and Academic Standing Policy Updates

      December 15, 2021

      To provide increased flexibility for students’ progress to degree completion, the undergraduate Course Repeat and Academic Standing policies have been updated, effective with the Fall 2021 term.

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    • The Inaugural Nina Henderson Provost Scholars

      December 10, 2021

      The Nina Henderson Provost Scholars advise and collaborate with senior leadership in the Office of the Provost on projects related to key priorities of the Strategic Plan. The following high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students — chosen from an impressive pool of over 270 applicants — comprise the inaugural cohort.

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    • Accommodating Student Illness and Inclement Weather

      December 03, 2021

      As we approach exam week and with the arrival of winter weather, please be aware of the following policies, as we aim to ensure students’ continued academic success amid possible student illness and inclement weather.

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    • Gift of Time as Thanksgiving Break Starts November 24

      November 09, 2021

      As you begin to make plans to spend Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones, we thank you all for your contributions and commitment to keep our University strong, innovative, and united in common purpose. To show our gratitude, we are happy to announce that the University will be closed on Wednesday, November 24.

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    • Inaugural Executive Director of The Environmental Collaboratory Named

      November 02, 2021

      Following a national search, Mathy Vathanaraj Stanislaus will join the University as Vice Provost and Executive Director of The Environmental Collaboratory as of January 3, 2022. The Collaboratory is an important interdisciplinary initiative that unites Drexel and the Academy of Natural Sciences to mobilize Drexel’s powerful research programs and community engagement to identify and implement solutions to environmental challenges.

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    • Early Closing to Provide Extra Time to Vote on Election Day 2021

      October 26, 2021

      Thanks to the advocacy of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the University will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2 in an effort to encourage voter turnout and in support of the USGA’s expanded efforts to make this a day of service. Although classes will not be cancelled, faculty are encouraged to be flexible when possible.

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    • Possible SEPTA Strike Emergency Transportation Plans

      October 26, 2021

      There is a possibility of a strike by SEPTA City Transit Division as early as 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. In the event of a strike, Drexel University would remain open as we have with past strikes. We are partnering with other major University City institutions to provide shuttle service linking riders from the 69th Street Transit Center and the PATCO terminus at 15th and Locust streets to our campuses. Details on that contingency plan are provided below

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    • Announcing the 2021-2022 Provost Fellows

      October 15, 2021

      It is my pleasure to announce the 2021-2022 cohort of Provost Fellows. The Provost Fellows program provides exceptional faculty with an expansive range of leadership experiences while harnessing faculty expertise in advancing the goals of our University.

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    • Drexel University's 2021 Convocation Ceremony

      October 04, 2021

      Join us on October 6 to mark the start of the academic year with Drexel’s historic Convocation ceremony. This is a pivotal moment for the University and for society, as we emerge from one of the most challenging years of our lifetimes. Our speakers will touch on the innovative, inclusive and cross-disciplinary work they’ve been doing — and the unique role that Drexel plays — in addressing challenges related to climate, social injustice, public health, design, technological innovation and more.  

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    • A New Start on Campus

      September 24, 2021

      Welcome to the fall term, and welcome back to all those who returned to campus this week! It is an exciting time at Drexel, as our spaces once again fill with the potential of a new academic year and the friends and colleagues whom we’ve missed during these many months away.

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    • Academic FAQ for Students: Fall 2021 Return

      September 17, 2021

      It has been so exciting to see the energy return to campus this week, as new students join our Drexel community. To our New Dragons — Welcome to the start of your Drexel experience! — and to our returning Dragons, we are thrilled to have you back as classes and campus operations resume in full force next week.

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    • Save the Date: Convocation 2021

      September 16, 2021

      Join us on October 6 to mark the start of the academic year with Drexel’s historic Convocation ceremony. This year, we are celebrating the return to campus life and the innovative ways in which members of the Drexel community have helped shape society and the future of the University.

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    • Return to Campus FAQs

      September 03, 2021

      To help facilitate a smooth start to the 2021-2022 academic year, we've created the following FAQ page for faculty and staff about the Fall 2021 return to campus.

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    • Accommodating Religious Observances

      September 02, 2021

      Drexel University is dedicated to an environment that respects and allows the free practice of the many faith traditions of our University community. As we prepare for the new academic year, this is a reminder that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • Accommodating Religious Observances

      September 02, 2021

      Drexel University is dedicated to an environment that respects and allows the free practice of the many faith traditions of our University community. As we prepare for the new academic year, this is a reminder that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • Expectations and Exemptions for the Return to Campus

      August 27, 2021

      Since the announcement in May that we are planning for a return to normal capacity in our instructional and research spaces, teams across the University have been working diligently to prepare for full on-campus operations.

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    • Guiding Our Return with Flexibility

      August 24, 2021

      As we come back to campus this fall, we have an opportunity not only to return but to reinvent. This is a time to adopt the lessons we've learned in the past year, to reevaluate business practices and to try to come back together in a way that improves the student experience and prioritizes employee engagement and wellbeing.

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    • Introducing the Nina Henderson Provost Scholars Program

      August 11, 2021

      The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the new Nina Henderson Provost Scholars Program, made possible by support from Nina Henderson, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Drexel alumna. Now accepting applications, this annual scholarship program will provide 12 motivated Drexel students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and play a hands-on role in shaping the Drexel experience.

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    • Maximizing Financial Aid: Drexel’s Course Program of Study (CPoS) Technology

      August 02, 2021

      As fall quarter registration begins, I would like to remind you about Drexel's Course Program of Study (CPoS) technology, part of the University's ongoing efforts to assist students in progressing toward graduation as efficiently as possible and maximizing federal aid eligibility.

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    • Update on the Search for the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

      July 27, 2021

      In May, I announced the search for the inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I'm pleased to share that the search is well underway and has attracted a strong pool of candidates.

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    • Drexel Climate Year: 6 Months of Progress

      July 08, 2021

      Earlier this year, we announced 2021 as Drexel’s Climate Year to rally together students, faculty, researchers and staff at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences and begin to create an intentional, climate-conscious culture and practice. Spearheading this work has been the Climate & Sustainability Working Group, in collaboration with students and colleagues across all disciplines.

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    • Accepting Applications for Executive Director of The Environmental Collaboratory

      June 24, 2021

      We are announcing a search for the inaugural Executive Director of The Environmental Collaboratory. Conceptually devised by Drexel's Academy of Natural Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering, The Environmental Collaboratory is a groundbreaking sustainability approach that unites Drexel, the Academy and their communities in a shared endeavor to sustain our planet and mitigate its degradation.

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    • Vaccination and Returning to Campus

      June 14, 2021

      Across the nation and in our region, cases of COVID-19 infection continue to decrease. This is also our experience at Drexel among our campus community. This marked decrease in disease is the direct result of a marked increase in widespread vaccination, and it affords us the ability to return to pre-pandemic conditions throughout the University.

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    • Drexel Moves to Phase 3: Allowing Limited University-Related Travel

      May 28, 2021

      With COVID-19 restrictions easing in many areas due to decreasing infection rates and increased vaccination, Drexel is moving into Phase 3 of our COVID-19 Essential Travel Guidance and will begin allowing limited University-related travel. However, it’s important to note that, while easing restrictions may make it easier to travel, the University still faces financial challenges that will require continued limitation of Drexel-funded travel expenditures this fiscal year.

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    • Accepting Applications for Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

      May 21, 2021

      The Provost's Office is accepting applications for a new leadership position, the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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    • The Inaugural Cohort of Provost Solutions Fellows

      May 20, 2021

      We are pleased to recognize the interdisciplinary faculty experts who comprise the inaugural cohort of Provost Solutions Fellows, a joint initiative of the Provost’s Office and the Drexel Solutions Institute (DSI). Provost Solutions Fellows are appointed to a two-year term, during which time they highlight the research and teaching capabilities of Drexel to external partners and serve as catalysts for expanding experiential learning opportunities and designing custom, interdisciplinary solutions for our corporate and nonprofit partners.

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    • Returning to Normal Capacity in the Fall

      May 14, 2021

      We are now planning for a return to normal capacity (no required social distancing), based on recommendations from Drexel’s Scientific Advisory Group and the Return Oversight Committee.

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    • University to Restore Retirement Contributions, Merit Increases

      May 13, 2021

      Entering the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, we knew that the near-term financial outlook was serious for Drexel and other universities across the nation. We responded by enacting revenue-growth and cost-reduction measures and by securing additional forms of liquidity to support the University and its ownership interest in St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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    • Concern, Assistance for India's COVID-19 Crisis

      May 03, 2021

      Although the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have turned a corner in the U.S., it is still a raging global crisis — and nowhere more urgent than in India. The recent news reports and images of the death and suffering in that country have been heartbreaking.

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    • Update on Fall Planning & Course Scheduling

      April 30, 2021

      I hope the spring term is going well for all of you. With only a couple weeks left to finalize fall term course scheduling, I am sharing some important updates and reminders.

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    • Maximizing Financial Aid: The Launch of Drexel's Course Program of Study (CPoS) Technology

      April 26, 2021

      In the University's ongoing efforts to assist students in progressing toward graduation as efficiently as possible and maximizing federal aid eligibility, we are announcing the implementation of Drexel's Course Program of Study (CPoS) technology beginning Summer terms 2021.

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    • Returning to Normal Grading

      April 23, 2021

      Since the start of the pandemic, students in most programs have had the option of selecting a Pass/No Pass grading option for their classes. The Pass/No Pass option provided flexibility as students and faculty were adjusting to learning and teaching remotely. As we continue our return to campus, we will be ending Pass/No Pass and returning to normal grading beginning in the summer term.

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    • Planning for Fall Return to Campus

      April 07, 2021

      As President Fry shared on March 15, it is our intention to return to a full face-to-face experience in the fall, beginning with a further ramp up of in-person and hybrid instruction this summer.

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    • Accommodating Religious Observances

      March 31, 2021

      Drexel University is dedicated to an environment that respects and allows the free practice of the many faith traditions of our University community. As we begin a new term, this is a reminder that Drexel is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of our students, faculty and professional staff.

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    • College of Arts and Sciences Dean Norma Bouchard to Join Chapman University as Provost

      March 26, 2021

      In her nearly two years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Norma Bouchard, PhD, has worked to strengthen and balance the College budget, streamlined the College’s structure and processes, and served on key University committees, including Drexel’s Anti-Racism Task Force and as co-chair of the Fall 2020 Covid-19 Task Force. Now, she is leaving Drexel to take over as provost of Chapman University, where she will oversee the entire academic program at the 9,600-student private university in Southern California.

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    • Announcing Rogelio Miñana as Vice Provost for Global Engagement

      March 12, 2021

      Rogelio Miñana, PhD, has been appointed Vice Provost for Global Engagement, effective March 15. Rogelio is a professor of Spanish and currently head of the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, a role that he will retain in a dual appointment.

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    • Key Reminders Regarding Daylight Saving

      March 05, 2021

      We will “spring forward” by one hour on Sunday, March 14 as we move into daylight saving time. Coincidentally, finals week for Winter Quarter starts the next day on Monday, March 15. Here are some recommendations for administering your final exams without any disruptions.

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    • Academic Plan for Spring Quarter

      February 11, 2021

      Thank you all for your hard work, patience and flexibility throughout this academic year. As we look to the spring, I am writing to share key updates about the quarter ahead.

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    • Optional Pass / No Pass Grading for Winter and Spring Quarter

      February 03, 2021

      In keeping with the grading policies we have adopted during the pandemic, the Provost’s Office, Deans and Faculty Senate have agreed to continue offering the Pass / No Pass grading option for quarter-based programs in the Spring Quarter.

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    • Register for Online Teaching Courses from Drexel's Online Learning Council

      January 26, 2021

      Drexel University’s Online Learning Council (OLC) invites faculty, staff, and graduate students across the university to participate in the following fully online professional development opportunities. These courses are free, asynchronous (though with deadlines and some collaborative work) and facilitated by faculty experienced in online teaching and learning.

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    • Updates & Reminders: Supporting a Safe & Healthy Academic Term

      January 25, 2021

      As we continue with our phased return and kick off the first week of in-person classes for the winter quarter, we wanted to share some updates and reminders to ensure a safe and productive academic term.

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    • Submit a Pre-Conference Workshop Proposal for the 2021 Drexel Assessment Conference

      January 07, 2021

      Happy New Year! It hardly seems possible that we are well on the way to planning for the 8th Drexel University Assessment Conference in 2021. In 2020, due to the pandemic, we were successfully able to move the conference online, which allowed us to offer a fantastic program to 320+ attendees including many Drexel staff and faculty.

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  • 2020

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  • 2016

    • 2016 Provost's Fellows Cohort

      January 21, 2016

      It is simply my pleasure to introduce the 2016 Cohort of Provost's Fellows. We received 22 applications for 4 slots. The selection committee was impressed by all of the applications and overwhelmed by the response. After long deliberation, we extended the number of Provost's Fellows for this cohort to 7 new fellows. To respond to the demand, we created a few part-time slots for new Provost's Fellows to work on smaller projects.

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  • 2014

    • Adjunct Faculty Initiative Update

      October 14, 2014

      Since 2009, the Adjunct Faculty Initiative has continuously examined the needs and interests of our adjunct and part-time faculty members. Through actively engaging faculty with adjunct appointments and responding to their feedback, this initiative has led to an expansion of available resources as well as adaptation of key institutional policies to foster career development among adjunct faculty members. This reflects the important role of our adjunct and part-time faculty members in the education of Drexel students.

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