The Office of the Provost is responsible for the academic and student life of the college, focusing on students, faculty, curricula, and learning support and delivery systems. There are five academic divisions at the College: Allied Health, Emergency Service and Nursing; Business and Computer Information Sciences; Communications, Arts and Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Public Services and Social Sciences; and, Technical Education and the Municipal Police Academy. Our Workforce Development & Community Education Division is responsible for an extensive array of non-credit and off-campus programs. Support systems include Career and Counseling, the Library, Learning Commons, Special Needs and Student Activities.
Delaware County Community College is a busy and active place for learning. The College has Achieving the Dream initiatives of supplemental instruction, conferencing with students, and the Early Alert program. Student success is a College priority, and all of us must involve ourselves in the conversation and programs revolving around improving student retention and educational goal achievement.
Our faculty and staff are involved in continuous evaluation of our programs. Assessment and data-driven decision making are the driving forces in higher education, and the College has embraced this philosophy as part of our long term strategic planning. Whether it is course assessment, program review, or collectively answering the questions of “what the associate degree” qualifies and enables a graduate to do, each of us will be asked to respond in a meaningful way to the questions of why and how.
Personal professional development exists at the College in several ways. For faculty, both Temple University and Widener University offer graduate coursework on campus. Temple’s program is geared more toward instruction, while Widener’s is aimed at leadership in higher education. A Leadership Academy is also available to all employees. This non-credit program meets two times a month and is open to all employees. Its purpose is to provide a general overview of leadership within the community college system and give the participants an understanding of the various working parts of the higher educational organization. Our Center for Excellence is a faculty-led center for ongoing professional development, which sponsors the Faculty Institutes held in the summer.
Professional and personal development is also ongoing for our students. The Office of Student Services offers workshops in leadership throughout the year. Opportunities exist to join and lead the numerous clubs on campus. The Diversity Committee works to ensure a selection of speakers and programs occurs each month. All are welcome to attend.