Over the past several years, Delaware Valley University has made significant progress in a number of areas:
- Achievement of university status
- Adoption of core values that resonate with students and employees
- Diversification of revenue with the expansion of graduate programs
- Improvement of experiential learning and student job placement to become a leading market differentiator
- Substantial improvement of student life more fully focused on development
- Completion of a $59 million fundraising campaign to help realize many of these achievements and increase the endowment.
Building on these achievements and mindful of higher education’s continuing accelerated change, the University is now engaged in a strategic planning process. Launched in September 2017, this process has included broad-based input from hundreds of stakeholders, including faculty members, staff, students, alumni, trustees and community members.
Planning has been based on an approach known as Blue Ocean Strategy. Developed by business strategy professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, Blue Ocean involves the simultaneous pursuit of differentiation and low cost.
Additionally, DelVal is employing the four-zone approach described by organizational theorist and management consultant Geoffrey Moore. This approach allows for resources, structure and metrics to be segmented according to the priorities and deliverables specific to each zone – Productivity, Performance, Incubation and Transformation.
The strategic planning process resulted in a new vision for DelVal, unveiled in the spring of 2018. The University is now working to develop an ambitious yet pragmatic strategic plan with collaboratively developed goals, objectives and priorities to allow us to effectively pursue this new vision.