The Path to Prominence: A Strategic Conversation

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.”

Patrick T. Harker
President, University of Delaware