Strategic Imperative 1


Strategic Imperative 1: Duquesne will identify bold pathways to offer students the knowledge and skills they will need for productive and fulfilling lives and careers in the 21st century

Institutions of higher education often declare they are "student-centered." Yet the reality of making daily decisions that advance student interests is not so easy or clear-cut. Today's Duquesne students have far different backgrounds than those children of immigrant steelworkers who first enrolled; still, they face similar hurdles in attaining success.

Duquesne will become the region's flagship institution for community engagement through mutually beneficial partnerships that advance the city, the region and the world.

Progress on the Plan

Dukes in the Field

In January 2018, a large crowd gathered in a newly imagined space on the sixth floor of the Duquesne Union to celebrate one of the first and most visible accomplishments of the strategic plan. Since the opening of the Center for Career Development and the launch of "Hire a Duke," nearly 3,500 students attended 189 on-campus career programs, workshops and presentations offered by the center. More than 1,200 visited for individual career consulting. A new record number of employers and students attended Duquesne Career Expos, with approximately 900 students participating. New technology resources resulted in expanded job and internship opportunities for students with more than 20,000 postings from 6,000 employers.

Our new location has provided increased visibility and now, more than ever, students have access to a wide variety of services and events designed to prepare career-ready graduates for lives of success, service, and meaningful work.

- Nicole Feldhues, Director of the Center for Career Development

Renovation and Innovation

More centers emerged-and more space changed. In fall 2019, the renovated fourth and sixth floors of Rockwell Hall opened, with renovations reflecting an array of open and collaborative spaces for students, as well as space for the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business's Institute for Sustainable Business Innovation, Viragh Institute for Ethics in Business, and the Investment Strategy Institute.

Students and faculty were provided a new vehicle for swift innovation at Duquesne, thanks to the Rangos Prizes, initiated in 2019 by philanthropist John G. Rangos, Sr. Covered in Duquesne Magazine, the prizes intend to reward teaching innovation proposed by faculty and students.

A New Approach for All Students

Starting in fall 2021, all Duquesne undergraduates will pursue their educations with a re-imagined central curriculum—the set of courses and experiences all students need to graduate. Rather than focusing on mastering static sets of facts and ideas that may quickly become outdated, the new approach will challenge students to understand how different disciplines think—and then undertake experiences to test ways of thinking in the context of real—world situations relevant to current generations of students and graduates.

With so much information readily accessible online, Duquesne's central curriculum must provide students with a means to develop the ability to evaluate claims, information and perspectives, providing them with great power in today's workforce and society.

Greater Options

Since the launch of the plan, Duquesne has expanded options for students, adding numerous minors and one major to the academic offerings. The choices reflect interest and professional demand for crossing disciplines and developing varied pathways for success.

  • Health & Human Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Biostatistics
  • Public Health
  • Qualitative and Interpretive Methods
  • Global Health
  • Interreligious Studies
  • National Security and Civil Liberties (a major for a bachelor of arts degree)

Learning to Walk, Then Learning to Run

Duquesne excels at orienting and introducing students to University life on the Bluff. Taking cues from our own successes and feedback from students, the University has added a Sophomore Year Experience (SYE) to continue that good work.

Intended to promote class identity, persistence, leadership skillbuilding, positive social interaction and community outreach, the SYE is designed to strengthen school spirit and create a lasting connection to Duquesne. With the inception of the SYE, students participate in structured class-specific programming to create seamless transitions from orientation through graduation. From welcomeback ice cream socials and class-year sponsored Duquesne athletic events to informational workshops and careerrelated activities, the SYE provides ways for sophomores to increase their likelihood for success at Duquesne.

Each February, SYE hosts the Sophomore Scholars Recognition program, in association with Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, to acknowledge students who have achieved a QPA of 3.5 or higher in the second year.