Developing a Strategic Plan

In November 2011, the College of Education and Human Development began work on a new strategic plan, to build on our existing strengths, while embracing the new opportunities and challenges that we face in the future. 

A strategic planning committee was formed, made up of nine members of our faculty and staff, representing a cross section of our academic units and centers.  Throughout the process of developing the mission, vision and goals for the College, the committee sought input from our entire College community.  The heads of the academic units and centers contributed specific strategies and metrics for carrying out the new goals.  All of the work was grounded in the core values that define what is most important about the work we pledge to do and the audiences we are dedicated to serve.    

In May, the Strategic Plan for the College of Education and Human Development was finalized. View Our Vision for the Future as an interactive flipbook or as a PDF. 


The College of Education and Human Development:

  • Advances knowledge and develops solutions to the problems that face our schools and the challenges encountered by children, adults and families and the communities in which they live; 
  • Prepares leaders in education and human services through programs of superior quality; and
  • Serves the citizens of Delaware, the nation and the world through the application of rigorous, interdisciplinary research that addresses critical social needs of our time.


The College of Education and Human Development will lead, inspire and engage our students, the citizens of Delaware, the nation, and the world in solving critical educational and social problems, and in promoting learning and development in all children and families.  

The College of Education and Human Development will be characterized by:

  • Ground-breaking, multidisciplinary research that solves 21st Century problems and impacts the lives of children, parents, families, teachers and schools locally and throughout the world.  Our research will be rigorous, high-impact applied science that is conducted in real-world settings as well as in laboratories and will be highly regarded in our fields.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized researchers and scholars in our fields.  Our faculty will be highly productive, collaborative and engaged leaders who inspire their students and colleagues to find solutions to the most perplexing educational and social problems of our day.
  • Prestigious graduate and undergraduate programs that are innovative, demanding and multidisciplinary.  Our academic programs will emphasize the application of the latest research and knowledge in our fields and integrate classroom learning with experience in authentic settings.
  • A motivated, diverse and engaged student body who become a strong community of self-motivated learners and who develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to be inquisitive, reflective critical thinkers.  Our students will undertake new challenges with confidence in the competences they have developed, continue their commitment to learning throughout their careers and act with integrity and respect for others. 
  • Key collaborations with local, national and international organizations that improve learning, development and quality of life for citizens of Delaware, the nation and the world.  CEHD will engage in leadership initiatives that maximize the impact of our service, integrate service with the research and academic missions of the College, and include model partnerships with public and private entities.
  • An outstanding staff that is honored for its competent and efficient service to the College and across the University community.  CEHD staff will be competent, service-oriented and engaged in efforts to continually improve the College.
  • An active, engaged and connected alumni.  Our alumni will be professional leaders who share cutting-edge knowledge and skills with their colleagues, community leaders who address local needs, and proud Blue Hens who help us embrace the challenges of serving in the 21st Century.


With this strategic plan, we are poised to embrace the challenges of the future.  To accomplish our vision, we will need the support of faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.  We look forward to meeting with you to discuss ways to increase collaboration, identify funding opportunities and apply our knowledge. 

If you would like to make a gift to the College of Education and Human Development, please contact the Office of University Development at (302) 831-2104 or visit  Remember to designate your funds to the College of Education and Human Development.



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