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One University: Progress

July 1, 2013 Update

The Strategic Plan calls for a transformation in how the entire Drexel University community works across units to support education and scholarship efficiently and effectively. That call has been the basis of a number of initiatives in the first year of plan implementation.

College of Medicine Integration

Drexel successfully resolved many of the complex governance issues pertaining to the “firewall” between the University and the College of Medicine and, after careful analyses and board approval, is moving forward to eliminate the firewall.  A multidisciplinary steering committee is working to minimize risk and ensure efficiency, equity and excellence across all areas of the newly united University.

BEES Department

The launch of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Science served to further integrate The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University into the fabric of the institution.  Six Academy scientists joined the Drexel faculty with tenure, six more on a tenure track, and one of the new BEES faculty members competed for and received a Provost’s Career Development Award for junior faculty.

College-level Strategic Planning

Colleges and Schools continue to develop their Strategic Plans in concordance with the University plan, ensuring that all move ahead with a shared vision, mission and values.  Deans are collaborating to hire strategically in many cases, and collaborative academic programs and research are being advanced. 

New Graphic Identity

The University completed the development, led by University Communications, of a new graphic identity program that will help foster "One University" through stationery, signage, branding and online identity.