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Global recognition and renown

Momentum: The Strategic Plan for Adelphi University, 2015–2021

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We will become an outstanding private university, known everywhere for our academics, our three exciting New York locations and our experiential learning. Rankings, awards and media coverage will advance both our brand and the Adelphi Advantage, all around the world.

Here is a sample of our key initiatives. / See some of our progress.

Define Brand Strategy and Communications Plan

Leverage Signature Accomplishments and Programs

Promote and Celebrate

Implement a National Rankings Improvement Program

Awards and Recognition:

Adelphi University has been nationally recognized and cited by several well-respected organizations and publications such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Money and Forbes as a top choice for a quality education. At a time when higher education is under intense scrutiny to demonstrate its relevance and value, we’re proud to know that other people are taking notice of the great things happening at Adelphi.



Diversity and Inclusion

  • Long Island Press Power List of the 50 most influential people on Long Island—Christine M. Riordan, PhD

See some of our progress:

Adelphi Professor Travels to Bahrain to Promote Autism Awareness
Clinical Assistant Professor Stephen Shore, Ed.D., continues to travel the world helping build awareness, acceptance and appreciation for people on the autism spectrum. In spring 2019, he visited the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain to address the Untangle Autism conference, sponsored by the Bahrain Society for Children With Behavioral and Communication Difficulties. Nonverbal until the age of 4, Dr. Shore brings unique perspective to his lectures as a person with autism who is able to share both academic and emotional learning with his audiences.

› Learn More About Stephen Shore and His Work

Adelphi Moves Up in U.S. News Rankings
The 2020 rankings are out, and Adelphi’s master’s degree programs in nursing have moved up 49 spots in the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Nursing Schools: Master’s, an elite group of institutions that earned high rankings in each type of graduate nursing program and specialty. This great accomplishment now places us in a tie with Hofstra University and above another local competitor, Molloy College. And nursing isn’t the only Adelphi program on the 2019 U.S. News Best Grad Schools lists—there are five others: social work, clinical psychology, psychology, speech-language pathology and part-time MBA.

› See More About the College of Nursing and Public Health

Adelphi Anthropology Professor’s Discoveries Make International News—Again
Renowned anthropology Professor Anagnostis Agelarakis, Ph.D., has been in the news quite a bit lately. In September, Archaeology Magazine, followed by Smithsonian and Science, reported on his work identifying 3,000-year-old remains found in Crete as those of a female master ceramist; it is the first evidence of a woman working in what was then a male-dominated profession. Then, in January, Forbes reported on Dr. Agelarakis’ recent find in Greece of the skull of a 14th-century defender of a Byzantine fort who was decapitated by invading Ottoman Turks. The jaw of the skull also showed signs of a healed traumatic injury, one which Dr. Agelarakis says is evidence that practices from the Hippocratic Corpus were still being followed at the time. Adelphi students were part of Dr. Agelarakis’ team in both projects, traveling overseas and gaining unique hands-on training and exposure to the dynamics of cross-disciplinary international research.

› Keep Up With Adelphi in the News

Adelphi Alumnus Enters Pro Football Hall of Fame
Former New York Jets star Kevin Mawae has a long list of accomplishments: three-time first-team All-Pro center, eight-time Pro Bowler and, as was announced in February 2019, a soon-to-be member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. But he’s also got a lesser-known credential, one he gained in 2006 while playing for the Jets and living in Garden City: a master’s degree in sport management from Adelphi. And Mawae excelled in the classroom just as he did on the field, winning the Jack Foley Award as the most accomplished student in sport management.

› Learn About Adelphi’s Sport Management Programs

Adelphi Research Fellow Puts His Expertise to Use in CNN Op-Ed
Jonathan Cristol, PhD, a research fellow in the Levermore Global Scholars program, is an expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East and an authority on nuclear nonproliferation issues. In April 2019, he addressed the Trump administration’s designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. Five days earlier, he had written on the CNN site about the importance of NATO.

› Discover More About Dr. Cristol and the Other Levermore Global Scholars

Rap Legend and Adelphi Alumnus Chuck D Returns to His Alma Mater
In addition to creating hits like “Fight the Power” and “Don’t Believe the Hype” for the group Public Enemy, Carlton D. Ridenhour ’84, ’13 (Hon.), better known as Chuck D, believed that rap could be a means of education and a force for change. In April 2019, he returned to his alma mater for “Knowledge Is Power: Inside the Artist’s Studio With Chuck D,” a conversation held in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center and led by Perry Greene, PhD, vice president for diversity and inclusion, about the history and significance of hip-hop.

› Learn How Adelphi Gave Chuck D His Start

Adelphi Leader Earns Recognition with Prestige
Derner School of Psychology alumna, PhD candidate, TEDx Talk presenter and associate director for experiental learning at our Center for Career and Professional Development, Bernadine Waller, MA ’10, is one of the first Adelphi School of Social Work students to receive the prestigious dissertation award from the National Institute of Mental Health. She will receive two years of funding as she researches how gender-based violence survivors navigate the psychosocial barriers they experience during help-seeking, specifically within marginalized and underserved communities of color. Waller’s research is influenced by more than 10 years of experience as a clinician, higher education administrator and adjunct faculty in both social work and psychology. She has published peer-reviewed articles focusing on research with vulnerable populations and developing culturally effective interventions.

› See More About Waller and Her Research

The Top 18 of ’18
Adelphi’s Top 18 Moments of 2018 video, released on New Year’s Eve, has been seen by nearly 50,000 viewers on YouTube and rocks all social platforms. The video, featuring events such as the opening of the Panther Pantry and the Bridges to Adelphi Sensory Room; the arrival of our new provost and executive vice president, Dr. Steve Everett; Research Day; and the viral video of our dancing Orientation leaders, was created to let the community see our diversity of clubs and organizations and social and academic achievements over the past calendar year. It featured our students engaged in the arts, sustainability, science, business and service learning.

› Watch the Video

Adelphi Rises in College Rankings
Adelphi’s reputation for excellence continues to grow, moving up in the rankings of all major organizations. Jumping four places to number 147 on the 2019 U.S. News & World Report list, we are now considered one of the publication’s Best Colleges. We rose dramatically in other rankings: up 27 spots into the top 25 percent in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education list, which measures students’ success in learning; 52 places in Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money list; and 37 places in Niche, 23 in College Factual and 12 in Forbes. It is clear that Adelphi’s personalized education, growing enrollment, expanding number of programs and other advances are attracting attention across the country.

› Learn More About Adelphi’s Rankings and Recognition

Adelphi Wins Nation’s Top Award for Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
A sure sign that the University is reaching its Momentum plan goal of becoming a model of diversity and inclusion, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine announced that it has awarded Adelphi a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. It reflects excellence in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty, as well as the promotion of an open and welcoming campus climate. Only five private colleges or universities in the state of New York received this recognition. Adelphi will be featured in the November issue of the magazine.

› Explore Student-Focused Success for Nurse Practitioners

Adelphi’s Top-Rated Nursing School Expands World-Class Nurse Practitioner Program
Adelphi’s innovative programs are making news. The College of Nursing and Public Health is ranked in the top 10 in New York State by And Newsday recently highlighted our high-tech approach to preparing students for success as nurse practitioners. The demand for nurse practitioners is spiraling—it is now the second most in-demand health degree in the country, according to USA Today. Adelphi is readying students for the healthcare environment of the future.

› Explore Student-Focused Success for Nurse Practitioners

Adelphi Ranked a Top School for Providing Part-Time Employment for Students
In a recent ranking by Student Loan Report, Adelphi came in the top 25 percent of schools for offering part-time employment for students. Adelphi is ranked at 54 out of 250 schools. According to Peterson’s Financial Aid Data for 2016, Adelphi offered 1,162 part-time jobs to students. Part-time employment is a powerful way for students to build a résumé and working skills, in addition to paying their bills.

› Read About Our Part-Time Employment Ranking

The U.S. News & World Report Rankings Are Out, and Adelphi Has Moved Up
U.S. News & World Report, one of the leading sources for reviewing and grading colleges across the country, released its highly anticipated 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. Adelphi University jumped seven points to a ranking we share with the University of Texas-Dallas, the University at Albany (State University of New York), St. John Fisher College, San Diego State University and Ohio University.

Adelphi has also landed in the publication’s top 100 Best Schools for Veterans, ranking 98th and tying with the University at Albany and St. John Fisher College.

› See How Far We’ve Climbed

Adelphi Named a Top 20 School for Education Master’s Degrees has just released its Best Colleges for Master’s in Education rankings, and Adelphi University came in at 13 out of 352 qualifying schools.

Adelphi topped the list among schools in New York State and outranked a number of highly competitive colleges. The ranking is based on a number of factors, including relative program size, graduation rates, affordability and online education options.

› Explore Our Successful Education Degrees

USA TODAY College Names Adelphi a Top 10 College for Social Work
Adelphi is ranked fourth nationwide on the list and second among schools in New York.

USA TODAY writes, “Adelphi University has a long tradition of providing students with an excellent education. The school employs faculty that are knowledgeable and have experience in the social work field, helping students to digest information while allowing them to develop empathy and the necessary people skills to be successful in this field.”

› See Why Social Work Is an Adelphi Hallmark

New Branding Initiative Launches Improved Color Palette, Updated Typography, and Overall University Brand Statement
Key input from University Admissions and student ambassadors was incorporated into new branding efforts, which will be reflected in prospective student material under development for admissions and other publications.

Final Decision on New Branding Letter Mark Has Been Opened to Campus Community
To build community involvement with the new branding efforts, the final two logos are being shared with the entire Adelphi community via an online survey. Voting will take place over three days; the winner will be announced in March.

Developed, Wrote and Designed Strategic Plan, Momentum, to Communicate Our Core Values and Our Path Forward
This University-wide effort, involving six operational goals and a constantly updated progress report, will be sent to as a link to 96,000+ readers via President’s email in March. Physical booklets have been sent to over 400 donors, alumni and strategic influencers.