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President’s Report

Meeting Goals. Transforming Lives.

The Adelphi University community continues to boldly address the six key goals of Momentum: our strategic plan. Read the new 2018–2019 President’s Report—and see how.

It’s been over four years since we set our six-year strategic plan called Momentum in motion, and I’m proud to say our efforts are living up to that name—we’re making unswerving progress toward establishing Adelphi as a globally renowned modern metropolitan university. To uphold our legacy and history as one of Long Island’s oldest universities, we approach each day with a forward-thinking vision designed to propel the University into the future we foresee for higher education.

The best way to understand how we approach Momentum’s transformative goals is to see them in action. The accomplishments of the past year—pursued with great intention—are part of a world-class academic environment that allows our students, faculty and staff to pursue their goals and thrive. I’m thrilled to share highlights of these accomplishments from the 2018–2019 academic year in this report.

Goal 1
Create a World-Class Academic Experience


With Goal 1, we focus on Adelphi’s unique transformational and intellectually rigorous educational experience, one supported by faculty who provide exceptional teaching and scholarship to attract a diverse group of outstanding students. Our students will benefit from dual-degree programs, small classes, global engagement, and high-impact, experiential programs that leverage the University’s location near New York City.

Goal 1 Highlights


faculty fellows performed countless hours of scholarship for our $1M Viret Family Faculty Leadership Fellows Program


new joint degree programs for students interested in healthcare careers


new degree and certificate programs delivered entirely or partially online

While digging for dinosaur bones in Utah, Michael D’Emic, PhD, came across an altogether different kind of fossil lying in plain sight on the desert floor. 

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David R. Williams, EdD is emerging as a go-to expert in helping organizations—and entire nations— prepare for the unexpected.

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The Viret Family Faculty Leadership Fellowship provides faculty with opportunities to work on projects important to Adelphi University.

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Goal 2
Be Relentlessly Dedicated to Student Success


Our second goal is to set the standard for supporting individual student success. We will tirelessly focus on graduation and retention initiatives. We will provide students with myriad clubs, organizations, service-learning, experiential and leadership opportunities. Our graduates will achieve national recognition for their intellectual curiosity and ability, job skills, civic and social engagement, and readiness to excel as the next generation of professional, academic and community leaders.

Goal 2 Highlights


of only 4 colleges in the U.S. to earn an Eduventures Innovation Award for our Mentoring Program


of our undergraduate students have jobs or are in grad school within six months of graduation


pass rate on all parts of the CPA Exam (the national average is just 50%)

Adelphi graduate student Sahra Ibrahimi exposed the prevalence of domestic violence in her native country of Afghanistan. Her research was selected among thousands to be presented by the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo.

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A ninth NCAA title for women’s lacrosse highlights a year of athletic accomplishments. It was a team effort led by Chelsea Abreu ’19, who was named an All-Conference and All-Region selection as well as the Northeast-10 Conference’s Woman of the Year.

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Adelphi is a Yellow Ribbon school, which means that academic and campus life at the University is enriched by the presence of many students who have served our country in the military. Walace Kierulf-Vieira ’19 is one of our standout veterans.

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Goal 3
Establish Adelphi as a Model of Diversity and Inclusion


With strategic Goal 3, we are committed to becoming a national model and respected leader in diversity and inclusion. We will recruit, retain and support diverse faculty, staff and administrators and increase recruitment of and retention initiatives for diverse students. We will become a life-changing resource for our nation’s veterans and a welcoming home for students of all backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and abilities.

Goal 3 Highlights


out of 5 stars awarded by the Campus Pride Index for our commitment to inclusion of LGBTQ+ students—one of only five campuses in New York state


countries where Stephen M. Shore, EdD, has shared his expert perspective on autism during the 2018-19 academic year


of new faculty hires at Adelphi University are people of color

A study on high suicide rates among LGBT youth by Geoffrey Ream, PhD, associate professor of social work, garnered widespread attention.

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Stephen M. Shore, EdD, clinical assistant professor of education, travels the world sharing his vision of autism. Encouraging audiences to focus not on the deficits of those on the spectrum, but on their strengths.

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Our new John J. Gutleber Memorial Scholarship for select Henry Viscardi School graduates who choose to continue their education at Adelphi will further extend our support for students facing physical challenges.

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Goal 4
Develop a Powerfully Connected University


With Goal 4, the Adelphi community will benefit from and contribute to a powerful network of connections among faculty, staff, students, families, alumni and corporate partners, along with local, regional and national institutions and government agencies. We will leverage our proximity to, and presence in, New York City while remaining one of Long Island’s most vital institutions.

Goal 4 Highlights


student internships through our Jaggar Community Fellows Program


scientific computing minor in New York state in a partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory


Hempstead elementary school students grew vegetables with the help from Adelphi volunteers to donate 240 pounds of food

Cindy Proscia, MA ’92, clinical assistant professor of health and sport sciences, is addressing food insecurity through the nonprofit Garden Vines.

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In June 2019, 436 scholars from 36 nations convened on Adelphi’s campus for the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP) conference.

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In 2018–2019, we began planning the creation of Adelphi’s Innovation Center. Here, students will collaborate on solutions for local, national and global partners.

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Goal 5
Advance Our Financial Strength and Operational Excellence


With Goal 5, Adelphi pledges to be careful stewards of our University’s financial resources and to honor the faith that families, donors and partners place in us. We will improve existing resources to create a high-functioning, highly regarded university. We pledge to work toward better data sharing, strong risk management, quality analytics and
a more sustainable campus. We will conduct fundraising campaigns that unite and inspire.

Goal 5 Highlights


Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant from NY state helped finance the renovation of our Ruth S. Harley University Center in 2018


National Science Foundation grant supporting our New York Noyce STEAM Pipeline: Preparing Next-Gen Science Teachers


donors supported 30 campus causes during Giving Day 2019—doubling the donations from the previous year

Adelphi added significant government, legal and financial expertise to our board of trustees in welcoming three distinguished alumni in the fall of 2018.

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To combat campus food insecurity with dignity, Adelphi’s Office of Information Technology helped the Panther Pantry develop a unique online ordering system.

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Adelphi wins a national award for enrollment innovation. Engaging students individually by connecting each applicant with members of our faculty and staff at every stage of the admissions process.

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Goal 6
Become a Well-Known and Widely Recognized University


With strategic Goal 6, Adelphi will achieve recognition worldwide as an outstanding private university offering
a unique combination of strong academics, experiential learning and exceptional student support. We will be a workplace where collegiality is highly valued. We will promote the many achievements of our extraordinary students, faculty, staff and alumni. We will be noted increasingly in national news, and rising rankings will enhance our reputation.

Goal 6 Highlights


alumni, staff, students and community partners participated in our second annual Women’s Leadership Conference in 2018


increase in mentions in higher education media


top-tier rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2019

Stories about groundbreaking
discoveries of history professor Anagnostis Agelarakis, PhD, appeared in 16 countries and 12 languages.

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Adelphi was 1 of only 10 nursing programs nationwide designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

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Adelphi University received top-tier rankings from U.S. News & World Report in 2019.

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