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Planning Process

University Provost Domenico Grasso (shown above) officially launched the “Delaware Will Shine” strategic planning initiative in town halls held in Spring 2014. This major planning effort is led by an Executive Committee and three Working Groups—Sustaining and Accelerating the Advance; Grand Challenges, Great Debates and Big Ideas; and Models for the New American Research University.

During Summer 2014, the Executive Committee met every two weeks to plan and develop outreach and communications to facilitate the efforts of the Working Groups and to map out major events and activities for the fall, to discuss the preparation of the draft plan and to consider steps for the implementation of the plan in 2015. The Working Groups met regularly during this period to engage in extensive internal discussions pertaining to their specific goals and to prepare informational concept papers for review and reaction from the greater campus community.

In Fall 2014, presentations by leading thinkers from outside the University will be held to further inspire the UD community and to encourage “outside the box” thinking. The Working Groups will share their concept papers and engage in town halls and teach-ins with the campus community to garner feedback.

In Winter 2015, the Working Groups and Executive Committee will coalesce community input for development of the draft strategic plan. The draft plan is to be submitted to Provost Grasso and President Harker by March 31, 2015.

In Spring 2015, the “Delaware Will Shine” strategic plan will be shared with the University community, and the implementation process will begin.

Our Timeline

  • SPRING 2014: Kick-off of Strategic Planning Initiative 25% 25%
  • SUMMER 2014: Working groups gather information, discuss ideas; website launches 50% 50%
  • FALL 2014: Working groups share ideas with broader UD community; meetings, town halls, teach-ins, presentations by leading thinkers to inspire and solicit input 75% 75%
  • SPRING 2015: Draft strategic plan due to the provost; plan finalized and shared with UD community to begin implementation 100% 100%


The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation

Report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future (2007)

Report by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine.

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Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5 (2010)

Report by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine.

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Path to Prominence

A website highlighting the University of Delaware’s 2008 blueprint for the future.

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Middle States Reports

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education’s official reports available in PDF format.

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Revenue-Based Budgeting

This website highlights the Revenue-Based Budgeting financial management philosophy at UD.

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Community Engagement Task Force Report

UD’s spring 2014 application and supporting materials for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Elective Community Engagement Classification are available here, as well as the task force’s final report.

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Why Does College Cost So Much?

A book by author Robert B. Archibald available from explaining rising college costs.

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Our Underachieving Colleges

A book by former Harvard President Derek Bok examining how much progress college students actually make toward widely accepted goals of undergraduate education.

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The Great American University

A book by author Jonathan R. Cole centering on the contributions of America’s great research universities to our national welfare.

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