Areas of Excellence and Opportunity
In developing Drexel’s 2030 Strategic Plan, the Executive Planning Committee identified four primary focus areas for the University — Health, Technology/Engineering, Design and Social Sciences. Recognizing that these areas would require further refinement, the EPC defined among the Plan’s key initiatives the need to “develop transdisciplinary clusters at the intersections of these sectors to maximally leverage current strengths while generating new opportunities for transdisciplinary education, scholarship, collaboration with external partners, and entrepreneurial engagement.” The initiative to define transdisciplinary clusters is now referred to as Drexel’s Areas of Excellence and Opportunity (AEOs).
Recognizing climate change as an urgent global crisis that calls on people and institutions to collectively address it, Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences made 2021 our Climate Year. Led by the Climate & Sustainability Working Group, students, faculty and professional staff from across the university have come together to begin to create an intentional, climate-conscious culture and practice aligned with five institutional goals.
ELATES at Drexel
ELATES at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science, and other STEM fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities
The Innovation Engine
The Innovation Engine is a cornerstone of experiential learning at Drexel University and builds upon the University’s renowned cooperative education program. The Engine creates a more dynamic learning environment by taking real world challenges faced by industry organizations and bringing them into the classroom, where students, led by faculty, work on interdisciplinary solutions. The Engine provides a path for innovation and the next generation of discovery.
Global Classroom Initiative
Global Classrooms are courses that engage Drexel students with students at one of our partner universities abroad through a range of interactive technologies. Faculty members from any discipline who are ready to incorporate a global dimension into their scheduled class and link it to a class of students at an international partner institution are eligible to apply.
Nina Henderson Provost Scholars Program
Launched in the fall of 2021, Nina Henderson Provost Scholars Program is an annual scholarship program that provides 12 motivated Drexel students with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and play a hands-on role in shaping the Drexel experience. The program is made possible by support from Nina Henderson, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Drexel alumna.
Program Alignment and Review
Drexel University’s Program Alignment and Review Process (PAR) is designed to be both reflective and analytical. Its purpose is to promote the continuous quality improvement and alignment of academic programs through a process that is reflective of Drexel’s mission and is faculty-directed, collegial, data-driven and produces clear plans of action.
Provost Fellows Program
The Provost Fellows program at Drexel University provides exceptional faculty with an expansive range of leadership experiences while harnessing faculty expertise in advancing the goals of our University.
Provost Solutions Fellows
The Provost Solutions Fellows comprise faculty experts from across the University who partner with external organizations to address societal challenges, build research and scholarship, and create experiential learning opportunities for Drexel students. A joint initiative of the Provost’s Office and the Drexel Solutions Institute, the program expands on the University’s 100-year legacy of cooperative education and charts the course for a reimagined approach to higher education.
Responsibility Center Management
Drexel is adopting a Responsibility Center Management (RCM) model of budgeting, under which our revenue-generating units are wholly responsible for managing their own revenues and expenditures.
University-Community Partnership Initiatives
The University’s curriculum combines experiential and service learning, research, and neighborhood investments to connect our students directly to their surroundings. Our academic programs allow our students to interact with neighboring schools, nonprofits, cultural institutions, and civic government.