Key Capabilities: Excellence in All We Do

All programs must meet the highest national and international standards, creatively engage faculty and students in the active pursuit of learning and scholarship and have a meaningful impact on the lifelong opportunities of our graduates.

While excellence must come from within, external recognition can provide important illumination and validation of our progress in its pursuit. We have noted several institutional accomplishments over the past two years that are garnering new recognition for the University. Not surprisingly, UD’s prominence in national and international rankings is rising. U.S. News placed UD among the nation’s top 10 “up-and-coming universities.”

Our institutional stature is built on student, faculty and staff accomplishments too numerous to list here. We note among these several first-time recognitions, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring; the Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Humanities and Fine Arts; and the Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award of Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The caliber of the University’s faculty was also acknowledged by first-time invitations from the Searle Foundation and the Pew Foundation to nominate faculty for each organization’s young scholars programs. However, there remain a number of foundation-sponsored programs for which UD is not eligible to nominate faculty and students, and it is important to gain recognition from these as the University takes its place among the nation’s most outstanding public institutions of higher education.