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Causes: Education, Higher Education

Mission: Wilmington university is committed to excellence in teaching, relevancy of the curriculum, and individual attention to students. As an institution with admissions policies that provide access for all, it offers opportunity for higher education to students of varying ages, interests and aspirations. The university provides a range of exemplary career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs for a growing and diverse student population. It delivers these programs at locations and times convenient to students and at an affordable price. A highly qualified full-time faculty works closely with part-time faculty drawn from the workplace to ensure that the university's programs prepare students to begin or continue their career, improve their competitiveness in the job market, and engage in lifelong learning.

Programs: Wilmington university is committed to being a university where respect for each other is paramount, integrity guides all of our choices, providing educational opportunity is our primary purpose, and responsiveness to community needs is key. In designing academic programs and student services, we support innovation and actively seek faculty with experience in their fields who can provide students with an education focused on practical application. Wilmington university is classified by the carnegie commission as a doctoral/research university. The university offers 52 degree programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The university offers degree programs in the college of arts and sciences, the college of business, the college of education, the college of health professions, the college of social and behavioral sciences and the college of technology. The university served 20,522 (unduplicated) students during fiscal 2015, offering programs at multiple locations in delaware, new jersey and maryland as well as providing an on-line modality. The university successfully underwent an extensive decennial reaccreditation process by the middle states commission on higher education. The university, after a careful and deliberate review and analysis, made the decision to replace its student information system (sis). Subsequent to the decision a consultant was contracted to assist the university through this long and complex undertaking. To date we have developed an exhaustive list of over 4,000 system requirements to be sent to prospective sis vendors, critically reviewed the business processes in those departments impacted by acquisition of the sis, developed and released an rfp, analyzed vendor responses to the rfp's and held in-house demonstrations. The university expects to have a decision and begin negotiations with the successful vendor no later than november 2015. The university identified and began negotiations on a parcel of land in northern new castle county, delaware. The acquisition of the parcel will provide the university space on which to expand in a location that is convenient to students in northern new castle county delaware, delaware county and southern chester county pennsylvania. The admissions department created and implemented a social media marketing strategy to promote university events. Twitter chats related to the strategy were held in november, december, february, april and june reaching almost 10,000 people. Annually the university's athletic department establishes a goal of its student athletes overall gpa. This year's goal of 2. 75 was exceeded, the actual overall gpa was 3. 10. The cooperative education department increased the number of unduplicated students from 54 (fiscal 13/14) to 106 (fiscal 14/15) an increase of 96%. In addition the number of organizational partnerships in the cooperative education department increased by 93, a 27% increase over the prior year. After investigating several possible new majors the college of business selected business analytics, a stem offering, launching in fall 2015. The college of education continues the implementation of its year-long clinical placement pilot for teacher preparation candidates, including integration of methods coursework. Accomplishments include identifying sites to place student teachers in each of the three counties in the state, students to participate have been selected and teachers are being trained to assess those participating students. The graduate college of technology ist enrollment by major increased from 589 (fiscal 13/14) to 1,480 (fiscal 14/15). External affairs department increased the university's outreach to the military community by hosting military specific quality of life events as well as establishing relationships with military education service officers, of all branches, within a 100 mile radius of our new castle campus. In addition external affairs developed partnerships with six businesses, wawa, shoprite, highmark, nanticoke health, university of maryland shore regional health and edassist to provide education opportunities to their employees. The human resources department developed and disseminated an employee satisfaction survey covering communication, organizational culture, supervision, work environment, career development and benefits and wellness. The it help desk serviced 32,317 support requests during fiscal 14/15, a 71% increase over fiscal 13/14, with an average response time of 2 hours and 36 minutes, an 88% decrease over prior year response time. The college of on-line & experiential learning developed 81 new courses, a 12% increase over fiscal 13/14 and they redeveloped 102 courses a 41% increase over fiscal 13/14. Finally the university hosted a very successful tedx event in may of 2015. We are especially committed to caring for our students as customers and partners as such the university served a total of 20,522 students including 12,275 undergraduate and 8,247 graduate students during fiscal 2015. The university awarded 3,905 total degrees, including 2,075 undergraduate and 1,830 graduate during fiscal 2015.

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