Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.

Our inspiration is that together we transform lives and strengthen communities.
Teaching & Learning
Providing exceptional learning opportunities and programming to fulfill Drake's mission by meeting the needs of those we serve, including students, alumni, and the many communities of which we are a part.
 
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Reflection
Building on our successes and seizing opportunities for improvement through the pervasive assessment of Drake's educational and operational effectiveness in achieving its mission.
 
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Objective: Achieve pervasive and continuous assessment of student learning outcomes. College of Arts and Sciences: Environmental science & policy used feedback from external stakeholders to assess seniors' project management skills, which led to the creation of a course in case analysis to address gaps in learning. School of Journalism and Mass Communication: SJMC added Financial Fundamentals to the core curriculum in response to data suggesting weaknesses in students' quantitative skills.
Objective: Inspire collaborative planning and data-driven decision making. 100% of campus is utilizing continuous improvement via the balanced scorecard as of January 2017.
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Execution
Implementing and executing administrative processes in order to deliver on Drake's mission efficiently and effectively.
 
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Objective: Provide a robust working, learning, and living technology infrastructure. In February 2017, a new email protection system blocked more than 15,000 viruses and malware. ITS will install 34 new learning spaces in Collier-Scripps Hall and the Science Connector Building by the end of August 2017. Drake has saved more than $30,000 in printing costs since ITS installed 128 new multi-function printers across campus in summer 2016.
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Stewardship
Developing and sustaining our resources – human, financial, and material – in order to fulfill the commitments of Drake's mission.
 
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