Our mission: 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: 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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Objective: Provide exceptional undergraduate experiential learning opportunities. Professional Preparation: 93.4 percent of graduating seniors reported having an internship or other practical experience.
Provide exceptional undergraduate experiential learning opportunities. Percent of seniors reporting having a community-based project as part of one or more of their courses.
Objective: Create and sustain an inclusive campus community. Achieve Diversity. 23% of Drake's undergraduates are students of color.
Objective: Provide an exceptional graduate and professional learning experience. 98% Graduate Accomplishment Rate
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Innovation & 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: Advance a culture of innovation. From pandemic-proofing the curriculum to integration with the city of Des Moines, Drake continues to innovate in a rapidly changing world.
Objective: Inspire collaborative planning and data-driven decision making. Drake’s annual employee survey shows tremendous strengths such as a caring and compassionate sense of community, flexible and dedicated employees, innovative leaders, and a steady resolve to pursue our institutional mission.
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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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Initiative: The new Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement.
Objective: Enhance environmental sustainability. Drake earns STARS Bronze rating for sustainability.
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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. For the fiscal year 2020-2021, Drake generated more than $24.5 million in new gifts….
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University Initiatives
Expand to learn more about current University initiatives that support our continuous improvement efforts.
 
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Initiative: The Ones: Drake’s Campaign for the Brave & Bold
Initiative: John Dee Bright College
Initiative: College and University Sustainability Project
Initiative: DMPS Community Stadium
Initiative: Broadlawns Community Clinic at Drake University
Initiative: Master of Data Analytics Leadership
Initiative: Tuition Guarantee
Initiative: University Core Values
Initiative: University Avenue Streetscape
Artificial Intelligence
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