The board of trustees has approved a strategic plan for the university that will invest $1.3 billion above normal budgets over the next five to eight years in students, faculty members, programming, and facilities. Duke President Richard H. Brodhead says the plan, called "Making a Difference," has been in development for nearly two years.
The plan highlights six central themes the university will pursue in a world where the Internet and other technologies have transformed learning and where students routinely travel to explore educational opportunities. The themes are interdisciplinarity, knowledge in the service of society, the enduring importance of the humanities, internationalization, diversity, and affordability and access.
Consistent with these themes, "Making a Difference" describes strategies for achieving six academic goals:
Provost Peter Lange says the university looks "to attract students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels who will seize the opportunities to engage fully in all facets of the Duke experience, whether it's carrying out research, interacting with the local community, or putting their new knowledge to work around the world."
Duke must "prepare students for lives of personal integrity and engaged citizenship," the plan says, "infusing ethical inquiry and service-learning in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional curriculum."
Making a Difference
November 30, 2006