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context higher education faces unprecedented challenges

ContextHigher Education Faces Unprecedented Challenges

Drake University intends to develop

an aggressive response strategy


Challenges Facing Higher Education



Financial aid


Transparency & accountability




President Maxwell, September 19, 2006 Fall


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



How does Drake University respond to set

itself apart, become a leader in higher



What organizational structure does

Drake University need to achieve our

Goals and vision?

Strategic Plan

Drake University: Vision 2025

drake university

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
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
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 profile1
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
Student Characteristics
  • Gender - % Women
    • All students 59%
    • Undergraduates 56%
    • Pharmacy Doctorate 68%
    • Law 47%
    • Graduate 66%
student characteristics1
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
Prospects: 2001-02 to 2017-18
  • Source: The College Board
gender projection
Gender Projection

Source: The College Board

percent change in the number of high school graduates by race ethnicity 2004 2014
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
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



Shared Governance

Faculty Senate Powers (Academic Charter)

Establish educational policies

Enact academic regulations

Recommend special action to President & Board

Establish policies concerning extracurricular


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



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.



There are still barriers to crossing traditional

organizational lines.



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?