Excellence in Professional Education: Implementation Efforts
All colleges have included new professional education initiatives in their strategic plans. Several new professional programs have been developed, including two Professional Science Master’s programs (one in biotechnology and one in bioinformatics) and four master’s programs—in teaching; software engineering; historic preservation; and economics and entrepreneurship for educators. Several new dual-degree programs have been created with the MBA, including a dual MD/MBA degree offered in collaboration with Thomas Jefferson University. Eight new graduate certificate programs and four new 4+1 programs have been approved.
The U.S. military’s Base Realignment and Closure is driving substantial growth at Aberdeen Providing Ground in Maryland, providing UD opportunities to deliver professional education in the STEM, administrative and business disciplines. Efforts are underway to deliver courses and degree programs to Aberdeen personnel. Additionally, UD is applying to become a Defense Acquisition University Equivalent Provider, which will facilitate the delivery of educational programs to military enlisted and civilian personnel.