ContextHigher Education Faces Unprecedented Challenges Drake University intends to develop an aggressive response strategy
Challenges Facing Higher Education Cost Access Financial aid Learning Transparency & accountability Innovation Internationalization
President Maxwell, September 19, 2006 Fall Convocation: The next strategic plan must be firmly focused on “our vision of Drake not just as one of the very best in the Midwest, but as a great university and as a national model for the integration of liberal and professional education.”
How does Drake University respond to set itself apart, become a leader in higher education?
What organizational structure does Drake University need to achieve our Goals and vision? Strategic Plan Drake University: Vision 2025
Drake University Profile - Fall 2006
Drake University has experienced gradual and controlled increase in size over the past several years, growing approximately 1% per year from 5092 students in fall 2002 to 5366 in fall 2006.
Moderate Size Institution • Full-Time Enrollment 3000 full-time undergraduates • 1000 full-time first professional students [Law and Pharmacy Doctorate] • 40 full-time graduate students • Part-Time Enrollment • 250 part-time undergraduate and first professional students (250 this year) • 1000 to 1400 part-time graduate students in MBA, MPA and various Education graduate programs
Undergraduate Profile • Most of our undergraduate students (including pre-pharmacy) come directly from high school. • This fall Drake enrolled 781 new direct from high school students and 149 undergraduate transfers.
Drake consistently is ranked high for academic reputation • Barrons, Peterson’s and US News and World Report rank us as a “Best Buy”
Undergraduate Profile • Students have a strong academic profile • 68% graduate in top 25%, 92% in top half of their high school classes • Average high school GPA is 3.62 • ACT average is 26
Student Characteristics • Gender - % Women • All students 59% • Undergraduates 56% • Pharmacy Doctorate 68% • Law 47% • Graduate 66%
Student Characteristics • Ethnicity • White 80% • US Minorities 10% • International 5% • Age • 74% of all Drake students are age 24 or younger • 92% of undergraduates are age 24 or younger
Prospects: 2001-02 to 2017-18 • Source: The College Board
Gender Projection Source: The College Board
Percent Change in the Number of High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity 2004 -2014 SOURCE: U.S. Dept of Education, NCES: Common Core of Data surveys and State Public Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Model.
Midwest High School Graduates by Median Family Income SOURCE: U.S. Dept of Education, NCES: Common Core of Data surveys and State Public Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Model.
One critical consideration as we think about the future is that we begin with a Drake University culture that includes the following major characteristics.
Shared Governance Faculty Senate Powers (Academic Charter) Establish educational policies Enact academic regulations Recommend special action to President & Board Establish policies concerning extracurricular policies 5. Establish standing and ad hoc committees
Shared Governance: Academic Charter Appendix F (Joint Statement on Government of Colleges & Universities) The faculty has primary responsibility for such fundamental areas as curriculum, subject matter and methods of instruction, research, faculty status, and those aspects of student life which relate to the educational process.
Unit Autonomy is Highly Valued The organizational structure is decentralized with a long history of local autonomy
Participatory Decision-Making Faculty and staff members as well as students are involved in decision-making.
Value Excellence There is great pride in our reputation for academic excellence
Openness Students, faculty, and staff members have direct access to administrative leaders. Information is widely shared
Generally Embrace Change Significant change has occurred at Drake University during the past 10 years. Most of that change is the consequence of participatory decision-making and building faculty and staff support.
Caveat There are still barriers to crossing traditional organizational lines.
Challenge Drake University has an organizational structure and culture similar to that found at most other institutions of higher education. Is the organizational structure best suited for the university imagined in Drake University: Vision 2025?