Online and Hybrid Education: Progress
July 1, 2013 Update
Drexel has made significant strides in re-imagining online education, as well as hybrid models featuring online and face-to-face instruction, as a critical tool for attracting and serving new types of students. The University has long been in the vanguard of online learning, and strategic initiatives are in place to continue.
Drexel University Online
The University has announced a new administrative division with a broad portfolio of comprehensive services focused on the unique needs of the online student. Drexel University Online will collaborate with Drexel’s colleges and schools and other administrative offices to balance a high level of service with a cost-efficient approach. The goal is to position Drexel as a world-class institution in the online space by researching and pursuing innovative approaches to online teaching and learning that take into account the changing habits of adult learners and focus on improving student outcomes online. The University is in the process of recruiting a Senior Vice President for Online Learning, reporting directly to the President with a “dotted line” to the Provost.
Drexel will increase its focus on students completing bachelor’s degrees, and the mission of Goodwin College will be realigned to serve those students with whatever mode of delivery best fits their needs, whether on campus, online or in a hybrid format. Colleges and schools may design curricula for degree completer programs with oversight, advising and mentorship provided by Goodwin, or in some cases, Goodwin will develop curricula with oversight from faculty experts. The University is seeking a Dean for Goodwin College, who will report to the Provost with a dotted line to the Senior Vice President for Online Learning, to facilitate close collaboration between the entity that recruits and provides services to students and the one that provides academic programs, and to ensure joint accountability for student success and retention.