Our Mission:

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.
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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Objective: Provide exceptional undergraduate experiential learning opportunities. Professional preparation: 91% of students report having an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement. Service-learning: 75% of students report having a community-based project as part of one or more of their courses.
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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: Elevate service excellence. 20,000. The number of rides provided by Drake Public Safety's Safe Ride bus system in its first year (2015-2016).
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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Objective: Improve financial performance. Annual Giving to Drake. Goal: Improve Annual Fund giving by 3% each FY.
Objective: Enhance environmental sustainability. Drake is planning to receive a two 'Green Globes' rating on the STEM@DRAKE project. The rating system takes into account several factors including: Energy; Water; Project Management; Materials & Resources; Indoor Environment.
Objective: Foster a culture of pride and engagement among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. 95% of seniors rated their Drake educational experience as 'good' or 'excellent.'
Objective: Enhance environmental sustainability. By 2020, Drake plans to reduce its carbon footprint by 25%.
Objective: Strengthen stragic engagement with community partners. $413 million: Drake's annual economic impact in central Iowa.
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What makes this exceptional accomplishment rate possible? The incredible experiences our students enjoy as part of The Drake Commitment:
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Crew Scholars

One of the ways in which Drake is working to attract students of color is through Crew Scholars:

"Crew Scholars is an academic and professional development program for students of color here on campus. This group has become my family away from family. The people are amazing, and I know there is always going to be someone there to push me to do what I'm interested in doing. We've been able to visit with people at The Principal Financial Group and Nationwide Insurance to learn what their companies look for in candidates. Going into these big companies can be kind of intimidating, but having the people around me that I know I will be comfortable with leaves a little wiggle room for that nervousness to disappear." —Haley Davis, Crew Scholar, Digital Media Production major

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Tara Ely

"Of the three institutions at which I’ve studied, Drake’s [MPA] program was the most applicable to the business world, especially for someone like me, who does work and volunteerism across the private and nonprofit sectors. Every day I would leave class, go right back to work, and tell my boss what I’ve learned." —Tara Ely, Master of Public Administration, Class of 2016

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Mollie Clark

"I'm Mollie Clark and I'm currently studying abroad with 24 Drake students in Havana, Cuba! Here's our team at la Universidad de Habana this morning learning about revolution and lasting change! ‘Nos que no creen en la imoraidad creen en la historia.’ -José Martí, Cuban national hero.”
—Mollie Clark, junior international relations and law, politics, and society double major, on Drake’s @onpaintedstreet Instagram account

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Diversity and Inclusion

With rich data and feedback from across campus, one of the first outcomes of the Campus Climate Assessment was the adoption of Drake's Statement on Diversity & Inclusion:

Drake University values diversity as an institutional strength that encompasses a broad range of human differences. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion acknowledges the role Drake University can play in redressing historic injustices that result in continued marginalization of members of specific groups, and seeks to understand and respond to contemporary calls for inclusivity as necessitated by social justice. Drake University moves past mere tolerance of diversity and creates a culture of inclusion that sees diversity of identities, backgrounds, and ideas as fundamental to our excellence and success as an institution.

At Drake University we commit to:

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Bryce Dorff

Bryce Dorff, an environmental science and policy major, gives back in a way that aligns with his professional goals at the Sprout community garden, located on campus:

"Drake has influenced my personal and professional life by affording me opportunities and challenging me through these experiences. Being a coordinator for the Sprout community garden has enabled me to grow as a student and leader—but also as a community member. The garden space serves as a reminder that there is much work to be done bridging the socioeconomic gap within our community and promoting healthy choices. In this way I could align my morals and professional development while creating positive sustainable change against a serious issue."

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All In

Faculty and staff showed their Drake pride during the 2016 All-In giving campaign:

136 employees gave to The Drake Fund during the University’s annual day of giving, a jump of more than 95 faculty and staff participants over the previous year. Special initiatives, including a spirit day and social hour, drove the increase in participation and contributed to the more than $100,000 raised during the 24-hour campaign.

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