A Premier Research and Graduate University:
Future Directions and Challenges

Attracting and retaining excellent faculty and students is central to the University’s aspirations to rank among the U.S.’s premiere graduate research institutions. We must comprehensively address the core facilities needed to support research and education, including libraries and research computing facilities. This infrastructure—including state-of-the-art instrumentation and professional staff—is vital to success in a competitive extramural funding environment.

We must foster initiatives that integrate science and engineering research with social and behavioral sciences, economics, public policy and the humanities to enhance statistical and methodological expertise. And we should use our location in one of the first two states awarded federal Race to the Top funding to lead the national conversation about research-based school reform.

To continue improving graduate education at UD, we must commit to several things:

  • Increased/competitive funding of graduate student stipends, including 12-month support and multi-year commitments; this is essential to attracting the best students
  • An emphasis on training and development grant opportunities and competitive TA teaching loads
  • A support structure for international students
  • Robust mentoring of and by graduate students and postdoctoral associates
  • Expanded opportunities for underrepresented minority students to transition from undergraduate to graduate programs
  • Common spaces for graduate students to work, gather and interact
  • Systematic tracking of graduates once they enter the workforce