This Autumn at Drexel
John Keats called autumn the “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Traditionally the time of ripening and harvest, in academe the cooler temperatures of fall signal the start of a new year. Each fall term we return with renewed enthusiasm, promising ourselves to improve our courses, better serve our students, and increase our research, publications, and creative endeavors. And anyone who has worked at Drexel over several years realizes that we are pretty good at fulfilling these promises.
This year we welcome the largest and one of the most academically talented freshman classes in our history. We are
proud that so many high ability students have seen the value of a Drexel education, and we are committed to ensuring that each day they become convinced increasingly that they have made the right choice of university. To help them learn, we are also pleased to welcome 33 new tenured and tenure-track faculty and 34 teaching faculty, joining us with exceptional credentials and recruited from around the world. They join the 38 tenured and tenure-track and 57 Teaching and Clinical faculty added last year, bringing to 162 the number of full-time faculty added since last September.
This year, we are focusing on teaching and learning at a comprehensive research university. We will sponsor discussions about what constitutes excellent teaching in the 21st-Century, workshops focused on specific teaching techniques, the role of technology, and explore how experiential learning—a key Drexel differentiator—can be enhanced. Recognized experts, local and national, will address teaching effectiveness and round out a year committed to improving instruction at a university already known and valued for its instructional prowess.
At the same time, work on the new Strategic Plan continues, with over 250 faculty and other academic leaders involved in a comprehensive discussion of the future for knowledge production, teaching, and learning at Drexel. A comprehensive plan, the first in Drexel’s history, will meld academic priorities with financial resources, neighborhood and regional development plans, and the campus Master Plan. This year-long process will result in a road map for our future that is both inclusive and daring.
We commence this new year with the anticipation of new intellectual adventures, new discoveries and new colleagues to discover, new students to meet and mentor and watch grow as young adults, and all the satisfactions and demands of academic life at Drexel. We welcome our new colleagues from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, as its new title reads, to our immediate family, with an enthusiasm prompted by our combined 320 years of teaching, learning, and scientific discovery. Our year is commencing, our energies increasing, even as the days grow short “And,” as Keats ends his great poem, “gathering swallows twitter in the skies.”
In This Issue...
New Spaces on Campus
With the changing seasons we see many changes across the campus, the most impressive is the new Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building. With its four-story Bio Wall and dramatic circular stairway, it is an exciting new space for research biologists and their students to discover and learn. The state of the art classrooms are centrally scheduled so that students from other disciplines will enjoy the building as well while the expansive atrium will accommodate up to 200 attendees for events and dinners. Faculty were involved in every step of the creation of this building ensuring that it was designed to best support and stimulate research, teaching and learning.
A new freshman engineering lab has been created on the sixth floor of Bossone. The large, glass enclosed space is equipped with Mediascape workstations each with four screens, built-in computers and workspaces for students to do research, collaborate and share their work as they improve their analytical and problem solving skills.
A record breaking incoming freshman class, and the demolition of Matheson Hall meant that we would not have enough classrooms to accommodate all course sections. The solution was the creation of a new suite of classrooms on the garden level of One Drexel Plaza. The suite is 18,000 square feet and has eight large, bright, colorful classrooms designed and created by our Drexel Planning and Design group.
All classrooms are configured differently with moveable furniture to accommodate different teaching styles and to promote classroom collaboration. In addition to the classrooms, extra study space was created for students to work alone or together before and after classes. There are two small offices as well for students to use for group work and meetings. There is also a room for faculty teaching available for meetings with students or work between classes. This space is secured by card access and is only available to faculty assigned to these classrooms this quarter. The space is open from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM to accommodate a full schedule of classes assigned to the space.
Take a walk around campus and see these wonderful new academic spaces for yourself.
Symbiosis: The Art, Science, and Industry of Paula Marantz Cohen’s Exceptional Work
by Rebecca Ingalls
My interview with Dr. Paula Marantz Cohen, Distinguished Professor of English, doesn’t begin with a question: Cohen already knows what she wants to talk about. Indeed, the narrative she tells showcases her scholarly diversity and the seamless connections she makes between her pedagogy and her research; but what unfolds in our discussion is truly her tribute to the uniqueness of Drexel University. And yet, her education and professional history before arriving at Drexel may surprise you. Having studied French at Yale and then English and French in her graduate work at Columbia, Cohen explains that she was “trained in the most traditional academic mode [in which] the notion of the academic life was very much
the Ivory Tower.” Strongly influenced by her father, who worked in industry and believed that a person should “do something in the world,” Cohen thought for a while that academic life might not be a good fit for her. She spent a couple of years working in public relations on Madison Avenue, and soon realized that she longed for academia once again. Drexel hired her to teach public relations, and here she developed a textbook for PR students and started what was the Corporate Communications major.
It’s clear from the beginning of her Drexel career that Cohen was motivated by the same conviction as that of her father: a focus on education that is applied. On the spirit of Drexel, she reflects, “There has been a real understanding of applying ideas instead of having them exist in the abstract.” Additionally, she explains, Drexel offered her numerous opportunities to cultivate breadth as well as depth. This combination of applied research and pedagogy, and academic freedom, inspired her to delve back into her graduate studies in literature, but through the lens of real-world issues: from public relations she developed an interest in family systems theory and the family structures depicted in literature of the 1800s, and from this interest grew her book, The Daughter’s Dilemma: Family Process and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel. The project, she says, was “more applied” and “more connected to my own life.” Myriad essays grew out of this work and were finally bound together in her text, The Daughter as Reader: Encounters Between Literature and Life, in which she offers a hybrid of literary criticism and autobiography.
True to Drexel’s pedagogical and scholarly ethos, Cohen’s work demonstrates Drexel’s appreciation for making one’s research count in many ways: for the field(s), for students’ study at the university, for oneself. When her expertise in Victorian literature and family systems theory inspired her to turn a corner into the study of film and the composition of her books Alfred Hitchcock: The Legacy of Victorianism and Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth, she developed a strong connection between her research and the classroom, team-teaching a course on Hitchcock with Prof. Dave Jones (now Dean of Pennoni Honors College), as well as a number of other courses on literature and film at Drexel that directly connected to her own writing. She muses, “I don’t think that at any other university I could go from this to that quite as easily as I did at Drexel.” Moreover, she explains with admiration, Drexel’s students have been pivotal in her work: “The students have been amazing here,” she says. “I really do feel that they have contributed to my freshness of thinking. They bring a kind of irreverence to what they hear and see. This is all very helpful to me as a cultural thinker and critic.”
It was teaching the study of film that was a major inspiration in her turn toward fiction. She explains, “I’ve always wanted to write fiction ever since I was a little girl. But I couldn’t write dialogue. Watching films, you learn about dialogue by listening to people talk.” Teaching literature and film gave her the idea of adapting Jane Austen in a modern context. And so was born her first novel, Jane Austen in Boca, named a “Page-Turner of the Week” by People Magazine, and described by Cohen as “tremendously liberating and delightful.” The book not only lit the way for other novels—Jane Austen in Scarsdale, Much Ado About Jesse Kaplan, and most recently What Alice Knew: A Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper—but it also helped her to lovingly appreciate the pleasure of “crossover” writing that is both scholarly and meant for public audiences. Indeed, she has a talent and respect for rigorous academic writing, and she is the co-editor of the Journal of Modern Literature, but she reserves a real joy for teaching creative and nonfiction writing to her students, and for writing for those publications that invite creativity and criticism.
In narrating her journey through teaching and research at Drexel, she comes round again to praise Drexel: “It sounds circuitous,” she says, “but one thing logically grew from the next. In each case I felt supported, not just by administrators and colleagues, but by the whole atmosphere of Drexel.” Cohen has become a major part of that atmosphere university-wide and around the nation, as the host of The Drexel Interview, a project that is now broadcast all over the country by over 300 PBS and community-affiliated stations. In this series Cohen has interviewed Nora Ephron, former NYC mayor Rudolph Giuliani, scientist/entrepreneur Craig Venter, filmmaker John Waters, and other important figures in politics, the arts, science, and business. She had the honor of being the last to interview Christopher Hitchens before he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, a conversation that turned out to be “one of the most delightful” of all. One of her upcoming interviewees is Stephen Greenblatt, the renowned Shakespearean scholar. These interviews have not only helped to strengthen Drexel’s place on the map of academia and culture, but they have also helped to bring the larger world inhabited by these luminaries back to Drexel’s students.
It’s a cliché sort of question to ask, but it hovers: how does a professor accomplish so much and maintain the kind of radiant energy that Cohen seems to possess? Her answer is refreshingly human: “I’m a little bit of a compulsive personality. I worry that if I stop doing something, I will never do anything again. I see that as kind of a pathology. I’m working on it. I think that’s true of a lot of people who feel driven to do something new. I always feel, well, what am I going to do next? At least here at Drexel, I have been able to do things that I enjoy. I would like to take a break sometime and go into a sanitarium,” she laughs. And I do, too, knowing that in October she is headed to China to continue gathering footage for the documentary film, Two Universities and the Future of China, a profile of Peking and Tsinghua universities in Beijing that will be supported by Drexel and its larger ambitions to reach out to the world as a comprehensive university.
What is it about Drexel, I ask? Cohen replies, “It’s kind of a scrappy place. Like Taki said, ‘It has a kind of cowboy feel to it.’ It is a place where you can talk freely across boundaries. And that does give rise to cross-disciplinary work, and to a sense of ease and to one’s ability to take risks.” She adds that it is also the faculty with whom she works that make her life at Drexel remarkable, from the senior colleagues she has known for decades, to her newest junior colleagues. She especially lauds the teaching faculty for their giftedness and devotion to their students. And here, again, we see Cohen diverting the praise back to her environment and its people. But much, much praise is due to her extraordinary nature. She calls me one of the younger folk in the department, and I tell her that I find that fascinating, for she seems ageless and tireless to me. In the Department of English and Philosophy, where I, too, live and work, Cohen is a steady stream of lighthearted curiosity and extraordinary work ethic. For many folks in the professional world, the latter tends to dull the brilliance of the former, but this is hardly the case with Cohen. Breaking away from the rigid, constrained culture of so many narratives of academia, she is a model of humanness, a tangible example of how creativity, loyalty to an institution, and a love for one’s work can all go together quite beautifully. As you will see in her thoughtful “Class Notes” posts on The American Scholar, she is honest, raw, and endearing in her perspective on academic life. She is no Pollyanna, and she wants us to know that about her, but she is, no doubt, one of the bright stars of Drexel.
Rebecca Ingalls is Assistant Professor of English.
Highlights from the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence
In the month of September 2011, the Drexel Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE) had the honor of hosting two faculty events. On Wednesday, September 7th and Thursday, September 8th, the DCAE welcomed forty-five new full-time faculty members to the New Faculty Orientation, which consisted of fifteen presentations by twenty-eight different presenters, including prominent members of the Drexel faculty and administration. Provost Mark Greenberg kicked off the orientation with a welcome address that prepared attendees for the presentations ahead, which included a motivational keynote address from Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, as well as a panel where students discussed their expectations of professors. On September 14th, 2011, the DCAE hosted the Resource Fair and Reception for Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty, which gave new and returning adjunct and part-time faculty the opportunity to become better acquainted with key service providers at the university, including the Office of Information Resources and Technology, The Registrar’s Office and the Drexel Learning Center. The DCAE looks forward to welcoming Drexel faculty at our full year of workshops, brown bags, and other events listed on the DCAE website.
Office of Faculty Development & Equity Update
The Office of Faculty Development and Equity (FDE) plans to offer training sessions for faculty search committee chairs during the Fall quarter. Using the Drexel University Faculty Recruitment Handbook as an instructional guide, the search committee chairs will learn how to recruit, interview, and select highly qualified candidates through a process that welcomes and supports diversity. You can find the faculty handbook and other related resources on the Faculty Recruitment page of the FDE website.
The FDE recognizes that striking a balance between the personal and professional realms is a key part of maintaining a high quality of life for all members of the faculty, regardless of race, sex, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, religious affiliation, or disability. For this reason, the FDE has a collected a wide range of resources on the issue of work-life balance, which may be of particular importance to faculty members as they plan ahead for Academic Year 2011-2012. On the Work-Life Balance page of the FDE website, you can find resources addressing topics such as stress management, elder care, childcare and religious worship. Also, resources for minority faculty, LGBT faculty, and faculty with disabilities are available on the Faculty Diversity page.
World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE) 17th World Conference
Drexel University was proud to be the host for the 17th World Conference on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Learning. WACE is the only organization devoted to work-integrated learning on a global basis and advocates for programs that combine professional work experience with classroom teaching. The WACE World Conference is held every two years and showcases the best of cooperative education and work-integrated learning. Drexel University was filled with excitement and energy from June 14 to 17 as it welcomed more than 350 attendees that included over 90 universities and colleges, representing more than 24 different countries.
The conference officially began on Wednesday, June 15 with greetings from Drexel University President John Fry, Mayor Michael Nutter and Dr. Paul Stonely, CEO of WACE. Following the opening ceremony was a plenary session moderated by Peter Franks and featuring The Honorable Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training of the U.S. Department of Labor, and Dr. Paul E. Harrington, professor and director for the Center for Labor Market and Policy at Drexel University. Their discussion offered the audience a glimpse of the correlation between the job market and government, and the importance of cooperative education. Friday morning Dr. John DiNardo moderated a plenary session, and earlier in the week Dr. Mark Greenberg hosted a luncheon for WACE’s global partners. The conference ended with a banquet where the Dr. Constantine "Taki" Papadakis Leadership Award for Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education was awarded to Mr. C.R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Drexel’s vice chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Other events that were held during the conference included networking sessions, roundtable discussions, student and employer panels, student poster presentations, and plenary sessions.
For a full description of highlights from the WACE Conference, please visit www.drexel.edu/scdc.
Future Search Conference
Drexel University Libraries concluded a milestone event towards shaping the future of the organization in July 2011. The event, a three-day Future Search Conference, brought together nearly 60 people, representing the diverse stakeholders of the Libraries, at the Queen Lane campus of the Drexel University College of Medicine.
Highly interactive, the process took a holistic look at the theme, The Future of Drexel’s Libraries: Advancing the University’s Strategic Transformation. Attendees reviewed shared past and present experiences to reach a common ground in identifying an exciting future for the Libraries.
The conference concluded with dozens of proposed suggestions towards achieving a desired future. Participants, before leaving the conference, indicated which suggestions they felt most committed to support. The Libraries is currently in the process of using these suggestions to develop strategies and action plans. For more information, and for an opportunity to join the discussion, visit https://www.library.drexel.edu/about/Future-Search-Drexel-Libraries.
Libraries Launch Search Interface to Streamline Discovery Process
Searching the Drexel University Libraries’ collection just became easier with the Summon search feature, located on the library website’s homepage. Summon, a web based service, provides a “Google-like” experience, streamlining the discovery process and allowing researchers to search across many different subscription resources, books and journals. Detailed results are ranked by relevancy, with the most relevant results appearing at the top of the list.
Summon is widely used in major academic libraries around the world and its agreements with scholarly content publishers allow for article-level indexing of the full-text of articles.
The Libraries acquired Summon last summer with a larger release occurring in fall 2011. For more information about the Summon service, its coverage and its relevancy to Drexel University Libraries, please visit https://www.library.drexel.edu/summon/about.
In Circulation Brings News About the Libraries to Your Inbox
In August, the Libraries launched In Circulation, a monthly e-newsletter detailing Libraries’ news, events, initiatives, programs and services. This publication is a valuable tool in strengthening the conversation between the Libraries and Drexel faculty. Subscribe now!
Highlights from the Office of University and Community Partnerships: Employee Home Purchase Assistance Program, Freedom Rings Partnership, Drexel-PECO Community Education Collaborative, and More
The Office of University and Community Partnerships is hard at work creating partnerships to help advance the President’s goals for community engagement.
The Provost’s Council on Neighborhood Partnerships is the key committee focused on how academic expertise and engagement can enrich Drexel’s Neighborhood Initiatives. With representation from each of the colleges and schools, the Provost’s Council offers an excellent forum for considering how teaching and learning at the University -- whether through new courses, research, or service and outreach — can help solve problems in our neighborhoods.
Some highlights from the past year:
- Through the Employee Home Purchase Assistance Program, 4 homes have been purchased by Drexel families, with 2 more pending for late September and 7 preapproved buyers in the pipeline.
- Two Mantua residents have been hired through HR as a result of Drexel’s “Hire Mantua” program.
- Drexel HR, the College of Medicine, and UCD’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative are partnering to offer a job training program for Mantua residents to become Medical Assistants.
- In the summer of 2011, Drexel increased the number of summer internship positions for high school students from the 19104 zip code from 18 to 24, an increase of 33%.
- The College of Engineering offered a summer term course on playground greening/storm water management in partnership with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation.
- The Freedom Rings Partnership hosted its first graduation for 116 public housing residents who completed the computer training course, a partnership of Drexel, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and Community College of Philadelphia. Drexel is the lead academic institution in this citywide digital access program, and the College of Engineering is the lead college at Drexel.
- LOOK! on Lancaster Ave (LoLA) brings art to Lancaster Ave for two months this fall; opening night is September 30. The show will feature art in 13 vacant store windows and 8 galleries along Lancaster Avenue from 34th — 40th Sts. 19 artists were selected from 300 proposals submitted by Philadelphia artists, using a diverse array of media for their creations. Restaurant and store promotions will be offered during the LOOK! exhibit. Westphal has taken the lead in organizing this event.
- The Drexel-PECO Community Education Collaborative has launched, with Goodwin staff located at the Powel and McMichael Schools and planning underway for school and library improvement. Goodwin has also placed a liaison at the High School of the Future to promote connections and programming K-12 in the community.
- 35 volunteers from the iSchool and Student Life helped clean up and prepare McMichael for the fall school opening. Volunteers from the iSchool, Student Life, Law, Athletics and PECO have pledged to partner with McMichael this year.
Student Focus - International Peace and Justice in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East: A Year in the Life of Elias Okwara
Drexel has many exciting opportunities for students seeking international experience, from study abroad and international co-op to global conferences and research; just ask Elias Okwara who participated in 3 different opportunities last year. Elias is a student in the College of Arts and Sciences, International Area Studies program class of 2013. He has a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights and a Minor in French. His research focuses on contemporary approaches to international peace and security, including international institutions and regional mechanisms for crisis management.
With the help of Drexel’s Study Abroad Office, Elias traveled to Brussels, Belgium in August 2010 for a study abroad program. As part of this program he took classes in international law and military approaches to security and served as an intern at the European Parliament (EP). For his internship he worked with Anneli Jäätteenmäki, former Prime Minister of Finland, on the development of a report outlining an EU rapid response capability. The report, adopted by the EP Plenary in December 2010, included much of Elias’s research findings. He leveraged his internship into a Winter/Spring co-op at the Global Governance Institute, in Brussels, first as a Researcher, then as an Analyst in the Peace and Security Division.
While abroad, Elias published papers and opinion pieces including, "The International Criminal Court and Kenya’s Post-election violence: National Justice through Global Mechanisms,” (www.globalgovernance.eu), "Cohabiting State Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect," (ewb.hct.ac.ae), which he presented at the Education Without Borders 2011 Conference in Dubai, and “Are Kenyans inextricably beholden to politicians?” (www.capitalfm.co.ke/eblog).
Following his work in Europe and research on Africa, he participated in a Drexel summer peace studies program in London, England and Amman, Jordan. In this 10 week Drexel sponsored study abroad program, students spent 3 weeks in London, 3 weeks in Amman, and then another 3 weeks in London exploring ethno-national struggles and conflict resolution for 13.5 Drexel course credits.
This unique summer program will be featured at an upcoming Study Abroad event highlighting student and faculty opportunities in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. The free university-wide event will take place October 24th from 4-6pm in the James E. Marks Intercultural Center in collaboration with International Area Studies, the Steinbright Career Development Center, International Scholars and Students Services, Undergraduate Research, and the English Language Center. There will be music, regional cuisine and representatives on hand from Drexel’s partner intuitions in the regions.
Please see www.drexel.edu/international for stories about other students and faculty abroad including the study and research experience in Germany led by Dr. Steven Wrenn with students from Chemical and Mechanical Engineering.
The Drexel University Strategic Plan: 2012-2017
Drexel University has made substantial progress in the university-wide strategic planning initiative, which began in January 2011 and will culminate with our new plan in January 2012. So far, over 230 Drexel faculty members, students, administrators and professional staff have worked hard and contributed important insights by actively participating in task forces, retreats, and town hall conversations. In addition, special meetings are now ongoing with members of the Drexel University Board of Trustees, Co-op employers, Drexel alumni, members of community organizations, and other key constituents whose input will be essential in the creation of an ambitious, yet realistic, strategic plan.
The Drexel University Strategic Plan: 2012-2017 will create focus, coordination, and momentum for all the other plans within the university, such as the Master Plan for buildings and facilities, the Enrollment Plan for student admissions, and the individual school and college plans. As the overarching strategy for the university as a whole, it will identify Drexel’s core commitments, ongoing goals, and future vision for the next five years and beyond.
The Strategic Plan is being constructed in two phases. In the first phase, multidisciplinary Task Forces addressed central questions about quality of life at Drexel for students, faculty, and professional staff; academic issues and innovations; Drexel’s scale; our research; and our community partnerships. Then, with a sense of direction derived from the work of the Phase I Task Forces and the White Papers they produced, faculty, staff, and administrators joined together for a two-day retreat. At that retreat, areas warranting further attention were identified resulting in the creation of Phase II Task Forces which will focus on creating intensive engagement for students, faculty, and professional staff; Drexel’s global impact; Drexel entrepreneurship; student access and affordability; resource allocation; cross-campus and campus-wide facilities and the Master Plan; and on Drexel’s educational infrastructure.
The questions originally posed to the Task Forces, as well as the Task Force White Papers, are available on the Drexel University Strategic Plan website. As always, we welcome participation from everyone in the Drexel community. Please join the discussion, and let your voice be heard by adding your insights and responses to the questions below at www.drexel.edu/strategicplan. For more information on the strategic plan, please contact Janet Fleetwood, Vice Provost for Strategic Development and Initiatives, at Janet.Fleetwood@drexel.edu.
Middle States Decennial Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education Decennial Reaffirmation of Accreditation Review is scheduled during this 2011-2012 Academic Year, and many members of the community have been involved on the Steering Committee and on various subcommittees to draft our self-study. In addition, a Data Subcommittee was created to provide background and datasets to support the self-study effort.
The Middle States Visiting Team will visit campus in late March 2012 and will issue a report later in Spring 2012. The Chair of the Self Study Team is Dr. Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University. The Visiting Team will engage with individuals across the community to address broad aspects of Drexel’s academic experience both on main campus and at other instructional sites.
The Self Study Design was presented to the University community last year and is available on DrexelOne Academic Channel on the Faculty/Employee tabs. In addition a website was developed and is available to inform the broader community on the process. The Design laid out research questions to be addressed by eight working groups each of which focuses on research questions developed around one or more of the Middle States Characteristics of Excellence. The working groups are:
- GROUP A. Mission and Goals (Standard 1)
- GROUP B. Planning, Resources and Institutional Assessment (Standards 2, 3, and 7)
- GROUP C. Leadership and Governance (Standard 4)
- GROUP D. Administration and Integrity (Standards 5 and 6)
- GROUP E. Student Enrollment and Support (Standards 8 and 9)
- GROUP F. Faculty (Standard 10) GROUP G. The Educational Experience (Standards 11, 12, and 13)
- GROUP H.Learning Outcomes Assessment (Standard 14)
The working groups have engaged in in excellent discussions across the University, and many new insights and connections are being made. Notably, this effort served as a preliminary to the current strategic planning process, and, together, the results of these efforts will provide strong perspective on how Drexel has developed over the past ten years and is now moving to the future.
To date, considerable progress has been made by the workgroups in drafting their reports, which are now being assembled into the self-study document. A draft self study document will be rolled out to the entire Drexel community in early November for comment and submitted to Middle States early in the new year.
Human Research Accreditation
Driven by our commitment to research excellence, we are now seeking accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) for our Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP). The accreditation process requires that we examine the systems, policies, and procedures we have in place today with a view to making our HSPP more effective and more efficient. Of course, we will also be incorporating nationally recognized best practices into our program to assure the highest level of protection for our human subjects. For more information regarding the changes, see www.research.drexel.edu/compliance/IRB/medical_irb.aspx.