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Academic Excellence

Duquesne University will further develop its national reputation for academic excellence.

Duquesne has always been highly regarded in the Pittsburgh area, but for generations was little known outside the immediate region. That has changed, as the University has rapidly earned acclaim for its teaching and inquiry on a national and international scale. Duquesne is now ranked in the top tier of national doctoral universities, alongside America’s most renowned Catholic institutions. Academic programs across campus have received national recognition and praise from accrediting agencies. Faculty scholarly productivity and research funding are at record levels. The 2010-2015 Strategic Plan focuses on consolidating and building upon this progress.

  1. Outstanding teacher-scholars and academic support professionals will continue to be hired and retained. Salaries will be competitive with national and regional peers.
  2. Scholarship will increase with emphasis not only on numbers of publications but also on quality.
  3. Interdisciplinary scholarship and interdisciplinary programs will be supported and new efforts in this area encouraged. Programs on sustainability will be a special focus.
  4. An interdisciplinary program on Africa and the African diaspora will be established.
  5. Research funding will be increased substantially.
  6. The number of endowed chairs will continue to increase.
  7. Graduate programs will be improved, with special emphasis on the quality of our Ph.D. programs.
  8. Academic facilities and support technologies will continue to be improved.
  9. Our libraries will become improved facilities for research and study and will be supported in accessing additional electronic resources.