We stand at a critical milestone in the history of the University of Delaware. With roots reaching back to 1743, we now are a community of 16,000 undergraduates, 3,500 graduate students, 1,200 faculty, and 135,000 alumni, who excel in diverse fields and hail from all corners of the world.
Today, we are setting out on a new path designed to engage closely with the critical issues of our day, to increase the global impact of the University, and to raise its prominence in the world. This strategic plan, which charts our “Path to Prominence,” is part of a continuing University conversation.
Our dialogue has taken place in hundreds of meetings and communications across the campus, as well as with the broader alumni and Delaware community. Across the community, there is enormous enthusiasm for the University’s current strengths and future potential.
This is just the beginning. As the planning and implementation process now rolls out across the University at the college, school, and unit level, this dialogue will guide our steps, offering fresh ideas and approaches. While on our path, our destination remains constant: to fulfill the mission of the University and to be recognized around the world as one of the great public institutions of higher education in America.
In pursuing this path, we carry the aspirations and dreams of generations of builders and graduates of the University of Delaware. This is our legacy. We invite you to join with us in pursuing this Path to Prominence. In the words of the Blue Hen’s fight song, “Let Delaware shine.”
A Diverse Campus
UD’s Commitment to Diversity and Excellence
Our University is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive campus that reflects our collective views, experiences, capabilities, cultures, aspirations, and ultimately our commitment to excellence.
Educational communities, such as ours, are enriched by the contributions and full participation of people from different backgrounds.
Toward those ends, the University seeks to:
• Increase the racial and cultural diversity of its students, faculty and staff.
• Create a climate that expects and encourages all members of the University community to respect and appreciate individual and cultural differences.
• Promote equity for people of different backgrounds throughout all areas of University life.
• Develop organizational practices that include the participation and perspectives of these groups.
• Enhance the curriculum by including the contributions and perspectives of different races, cultures and genders.
An Engaged Campus
The University of Delaware is an engaged university, committed to making a significant and sustained contribution to the improvement of the communities we serve. As highlighted in our Path to Prominence, UD is building dynamic programs of world-class distinction, reaching out to constituents wherever they reside.
As Delaware's flagship university, UD has the opportunity to work closely with public agencies throughout the state, applying research and human talent to address pressing social and civic issues. We also transcend state boundaries to share knowledge and skills in response to regional, national and international challenges.
The University's expertise, services, resources and programs—in areas like economic and community development, the arts, education, the environment and health care—benefit Delaware's citizens and the global community. Following are examples of how UD contributes to the quality of life in the communities we serve.