The Biden School is the second entity at UD to take on the former vice president's name. In 2017, Biden launched the University of Delaware's Biden Institute, a research and policy center focusing on solutions to issues ranging from economic reform and environmental sustainability to civil rights, criminal justice, women's rights and more. The Biden Institute will continue to be part of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration.
The Biden School will grow programs in specialty areas that include urban and social policy; energy and environmental policy; health policy and management; and disaster science and management. The school will also continue to focus in the broad areas of public administration and public policy education research and practice.
The school is currently in the top tier of nationally ranked comprehensive public affairs programs that have diverse graduate and undergraduate programs as well as multiple research and public service centers.