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One Book One Campus

Background:  The DSU “One Book, One Campus” Program seeks to encourage students, staff and faculty to read and discuss a selected book as a community. This “Common Read” serves as a foundation for conversations that employ critical thinking skills and center around topics such as science and history through the lens of the African American experience. The goals of the One Book One Campus program are to enhance students’ critical thinking and writing skills, to stimulate discussions inside and outside of classrooms, and to unite students, staff, and faculty in one learning experience.  2015-2016 Book: The book chosen for One Book One Campus for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is "The Ties That Bind:  A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption" by Bertice Berry. This selection is thought provoking and inspires readers to heal through forgiveness and encouragement. It shines a brighter light on the history and culture of the State of Delaware. It is spiritual and philosophical and written from a sociological and somewhat anthropological perspective.   According to the publisher:   When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she’d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the more surprises she found. There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected: hope. Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black-and-white terms of “good” and “evil” but is rather a complex tapestry of roles and relations, of choices and individual responsibility. In this poignant, reflective memoir, Berry skillfully relays the evolution of relations between the races, from slavery to Reconstruction, from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power 1970s, and on to the present day. In doing so, she sheds light on a picture of the past that not only liberates but also unites and evokes the need to forgive and be forgiven.

University College


University College
Delaware State University
William C. Jason Library
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: 302.857.7201
Fax: 302.857.6838

Please click on any focus area for more information.   The University College Vision: University College at Delaware State University aspires to be a national model designed to address retention and promote student success. Through delivery of comprehensive advising services, robust academic programming and integrated academic support that encourage student connections, build community, foster academic excellence, leadership and service; University College aims to ensure transformative foundational experiences that contribute to the retention and academic success of first and second-year undergraduates.   The University College Mission: University College (UC) is the “service college” of DSU that is designed to help students achieve high academic goals by providing integrated academic program support services (i.e. tutoring , test-taking skill building, writing and math help), college-skill enhancement courses and advisement that foster academic, career, and leadership development. UC serves as the official “academic home” for students who have not selected a major-undecided students- and is devoted to help guide and support (through academic advisement) these students’ decision-making process as they explore the different academic colleges and what each have to offer. Finally, UC’s focus population includes first and second-year students, first-year transfer students and undecided students. In alignment with Delaware State University’s strategic plan, our central focus is to help students establish a strong collegiate academic foundation that will enable them to persist and progress to becoming a competitive graduate of DSU.   

The Strategic Plan for Delaware State University

PRIDE 2020: Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence  It is with tremendous pride and pleasure that I present to you the Strategic Plan for Delaware State University — Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence — or PRIDE 2020. Delaware State University is a public, comprehensive 1890 land-grant university established by the Delaware General Assembly on May 15, 1891. In these 123 years, DSU has gone from being a State College offering five courses of study in agriculture, chemistry, the classics, engineering and science to a University offering its 4,505 students 52 baccalaureate, 25 master’s and five doctoral degree programs through 21 academic departments. The University has an Honors Program and a number of strategic international partnerships. In addition to its 356-acre main campus with 50 buildings, DSU also has two farm properties, locations in Wilmington and Georgetown, and a fleet of planes for the Aviation Program with a base of operations at the Delaware Air Park in Cheswold. It has been quite a journey from our humble beginnings. DSU has made significant strides along the way to the year 2014. But that was then, and this is now. PRIDE 2020 outlines for you the steps we will collectively take as we begin our journey toward the next decade — a journey that insures we are a University that prepares tomorrow’s leaders, invests in the community’s well-being and meets global challenges. I charged the University Strategic Planning Council with delivering a plan that was comprehensive, challenging and concise. That committee, under the leadership of Provost Alton Thompson, spent two years meeting with members of our Board of Trustees; faculty, staff and students; community members; University supporters; and local, state and national leaders. They listened to all of your thoughts and ideas; they picked the best you had to offer and paired it with state and national priorities and best practices in higher education. With the plan now in place, the University Strategic Planning Implementation Committee will be responsible for implementing, monitoring and tracking the achievement of its goals and objectives. PRIDE 2020 will become the launching pad for what Delaware State University is to become.   - President Harry L. Williams, Ed.D.