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Quality Improvement Quarterly

Roughly 2,500 years ago, Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant.” Those who know Drexel University understand the truth of those words. Our faculty and staff are always striving to improve our classes, programs, facilities and services. This newsletter was conceived as a forum for the Drexel community to share quality improvement initiatives as well as their opinions about how to make Drexel even better.

The Quality Improvement Quarterly will be published in the Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters. This newsletter is meant to be an open forum; The previews below will take you to full articles housed on the Assessment website, where you will have the ability to make and view comments from other readers. We also invite you to submit story ideas to Jeff Bonfield at

  • Drexel’s Future, Drexel’s Past

    Higher education is reaching a tipping point. In the words of Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, “Higher education is approaching a crossroads, where leaders will be asked to choose between incremental and transformational change.”

  • On PAR: An Overview

    Through Program Alignment and Review (PAR), the Office of the Provost is fulfilling its commitment to continuously and formally review programs and the overall structure and alignment of instruction and research at Drexel in order to ensure relevance, quality, and measurable achievement.

  • On PAR: Early Accomplishments

    Though only in its first full year, Program Alignment and Review has already played an important role in major improvements at Drexel, including the realignment of programs, strategic faculty hiring, and refinement of curricula.

  • On PAR: Reflections on the Pilot Year

    Though it is sensible to have some reservations about Program Alignment and Review, the overall reaction of those who have completed their program/department’s review has been positive. Drs. Abioseh Porter and Paul Jensen explain their experiences during the pilot year of PAR.

  • Reflective Analysis: Partnering to Benefit students and the University

    A unique partnership between college programs, Steinbright Career Development Center, and the Office of the Provost has created a distinctive lens into Drexel students’ experiences via their written reflections about co-op.

  • The Role of Libraries in Assessment of Student Learning

    The Drexel University Libraries are modifying their assessment practices to better understand the impact of the Libraries' collections and instructional activities on teaching, learning, and research at Drexel.

  • Plagiarize This Article

    72% of students who violated the academic integrity policy did so in classes offered by colleges other than their own. Tracking violations allows faculty and program administrators to issue appropriate sanctions and the opportunity to educate students.

  • Beyond Policing

    Drexel’s Criminal Justice Program is preparing thoughtful, reflective students able to transfer their learning to the workplace and a broad range of graduate programs. Embracing and integrating new technology into the curriculum is part of the plan.

  • Academic Program Assessment Activity

    In an effort to establish a definitive baseline of assessment practices in each academic program across the University’s colleges and schools, the Assessment Group within the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness conducted an inventory of assessment activities. One-hundred sixty-eight programs completed the inventory, 95 Aundergraduate and 73 graduate.

  • Program Level Outcomes

    Undergraduate program level outcomes define what students in each discipline will know and be able to do by the time they graduate from Drexel. In order to be compliant with Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) guidelines, Drexel publishes its undergraduate program level outcomes online, and they are reviewed annually by the academic programs.