Strategic Imperative 3


Strategic Imperative 3: Duquesne's academic programs will transcend traditional boundaries, positioning it as a leader in interdisciplinary and interprofessional programs

Our University grew in 1911 when it established its first professional school in law. Other new schools followed: Business, Pharmacy, Nursing, Education, Music and the Health Sciences. Yet higher education today must resist the notion of rigid silos. The most exciting and creative work on campus often occurs when scholars collaborate across traditional academic boundaries. Moreover, employers increasingly seek to recruit students who are comfortable and nimble working on interdisciplinary teams.

Duquesne will create a vibrant campus community that fosters the achievements of its talented faculty, students and staff.

Progress on the Plan

When Big Ideas Grow to Bigger Ideas

When the University’s strategic plan was launched in 2017, it imagined the potential for adding a simulation hospital, the necessity of growth in interdisciplinary offerings in emerging fields of healthcare and technology, and the chance for wide-ranging collaboration. The plan also was expected to live, its objectives and aspirations adapting as more knowledge and new ideas emerged.

Duquesne’s effort to launch a new College of Osteopathic Medicine is perhaps the most consequential news of the past year and the best example of the University adapting to the ambitious spirit our strategic plan calls for. It envelops ideas—the simulation component, interdisciplinary programs, collaboration—as it becomes an enormous initiative that has emerged from the plan.

The founding dean of the College was announced on November 20, 2019. Dr. John M. Kauffman Jr. will lead the development of the necessary facilities, hire faculty, create curriculum and enroll the first class in fall 2023. As the only comprehensive Catholic research university to launch an osteopathic medical college, Duquesne will attract immediate positive attention and interest, both regionally and nationally.

Editorial board
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 19, 2019:

Duquesne's entry into medical school education is cause for celebration in a city that's long been a leader in health care. If properly executed, the new institution can have an influence that well exceeds the number of doctors it graduates each year.

Interdisciplinary Growth

Progress happens at the edges of what is known, where disciplines meet. To remain relevant to contemporary students and meet societal challenges that demand innovation, interdisciplinary programs are an important part of our new era.

New Interdisciplinary Programs

  • BA, International Security Studies
  • BS, Chemistry 4 + 1
  • BS, Computational and Applied Math (2020)
  • BA, Data Science (2020)

Programs Under Consideration

  • BA/BS in Public Health
  • BS in Health Sciences
  • Grow Health Management Systems to a BS of Health Administration
  • DO: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • MA and/or Certificate in Applied and Public Sociology
  • MM in Music Therapy

IEMMA: The Institute for Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts

The Mary Pappert School of Music launched the Institute for Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts (IEMMA) this fall. IEMMA is future-looking, an initiative that understands that music professionals—whether artists, performers, sound engineers or designers, or hybrid professionals—have opportunity in a much bigger market than most people realize.

If one considers the traditional market for Duquesne music professionals in the past, comprising orchestral music, music education, music therapy, Catholic ministry, and recording, the market is small, about $16.2 billion. When one adds gaming, film, tourism, commercial music, multi-denominational worship, publishing and sound technology, music is a $2 trillion job market.

IEMMA recognizes the potential and intends to create an environment that fosters the skillsets young artists need to thrive. IEMMA will help students develop entrepreneurial mindsets that can, in turn, help them generate multiple revenue streams through their creative abilities in all media including performance, recording, producing, composing, engineering, managing, publishing and distribution, gaming and more.

IEMMA will become a premiere destination for young artists seeking a revolutionary and unique leadership experience for application in the entertainment industry. Students will benefit from an environment equipped with the latest hardware and software, connected to leading industry figures and trade associations, and guided by faculty who are active in the profession and possessing the expertise to teach and mentor students at the highest level.

A sample of Interprofessional Clinics