Delaware Will Shine draft now available for public comment

A draft of the university's new strategic plan will be open for comment through April 20.


The 13-page draft of the Delaware Will Shine strategic plan was released Wednesday, laying out goals for the future of the university. The plan will be open for public comment through April 20. The draft states that Delaware Will Shine will build on the previous successes to create a model for access, affordability and student success.

“Our goal is to be a pre-eminent learner-centered research university led by exceptional faculty and staff dedicated to excellence,” wrote Delaware Will Shine drafters.

The plan is described as a living document, meaning changes can be made to adapt to shifts on campus and in higher education, and is led by the same five guiding principles as the Path to Prominence: commitment to the state, diversity, partnership, engagement and impact. The plan is made of five strategic initiatives, each of which is made of specific priority recommendations. Each initiative comes with metrics for measuring success.

Diversity is a common theme throughout the plan. The document says the university will ensure an accessible and safe campus with zero tolerance policy for bigotry and targeted recruiting towards underrepresented minorities.

“Going forward, the University of Delaware will put diversity efforts at the forefront of every undertaking,” it says in the draft. “We will address issues of campus culture and community through open dialogue, inclusive decision-making, clear communication and accountability.”

Another common theme is increasing civic engagement by offering more opportunities for community members to be engaged leaders. The university is aiming to achieve this through more research opportunities, cultural programming and community outreach. New offices in both sustainability and community engagement will help reach this goal.

The university also wishes to become a leader in interdisciplinary and innovative education by strengthening advising and creating new approaches to the curriculum within each major. The plan also calls for better health and wellness across campus, which includes a reduction in binge drinking and evaluating best practices for sexual assault and harassment.

“Together, we will advance the University of Delaware’s reputation as one of the world’s finest universities, where students gain new knowledge and learn how to use their unique strengths in service to others.”

The new strategic plan outlines the direction of the university for the coming years. As a living document, it can be adapted to suit changes in higher education and on campus. The plan is open for public comment through April 20.


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