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Goal 2
A relentless focus on student success

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

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As we grow, Adelphi will continue to set the standard for committing to the individual student—and growing their intellectual curiosity, ability and potential—in order to produce generations of curious, compassionate, successful people.

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

Achieve National Excellence in Student Support

Learn, Live and Lead in New York

Prepare Students for Careers and Lives of Purpose

Provide Financial Guidance and Increased Support for Students and Families

Engage in College Readiness

See some of our progress:

Students Gain Hands-On Experience Through New Job-Shadowing Program
Experiential learning is a core component of an Adelphi education and one that is particularly important at the University’s business school. Now the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business is adding job shadowing to the internship and mentorship opportunities it provides. Under the program, sophomores and juniors will be able to spend a day at an organization, guided by an executive there. Organizations participating include State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, GEICO, ING Group, the strategic mergers-and-acquisitions advisers Whitestone Associates and the Village of Garden City. The School’s goal is to ensure that every business student graduates with at least one hands-on, high-impact learning experience.

› Learn more about the Willumstad Winning Edge

Another Adelphi Student Wins a Newman Civic Fellowship
Najee Hunt, a junior majoring in psychology, has just been named a recipient of a prestigious 2019–2020 fellowship for students committed to finding solutions to challenges facing American communities. As president of Black Students United this year, Hunt has expanded the campus organization’s mission to include mentoring of young people from the surrounding community. He has also been actively engaged in civic activities, having worked in soup kitchens, assisted with clothing drives and served as a volunteer at a pageant for girls and women with disabilities. As a Newman Civic Fellow, he will receive training and resources to further his leadership abilities and develop strategies for social change. This is the second consecutive year that Adelphi students have won the fellowship, which is awarded by Campus Compact; Antonette White, now a senior, was one of last year’s fellows.

› Keep up with the Adelphi Newman Fellows

Adelphi Forms New Council to Bolster the Graduate Experience
In an effort to provide additional support for faculty, administrators and students in our graduate programs, Adelphi has organized a new Graduate Council. Led by Christopher Storm Jr., PhD, associate provost for faculty advancement and research, the council will serve as a forum for sharing best practices, providing information about opportunities and discussing challenges relating to graduate education at Adelphi. There are more than 65 graduate programs at Adelphi—including our new Master of Science in Professional Accounting—and graduate students will play an increasingly important role in the future of Adelphi.

› Explore Adelphi Graduate Programs

Nursing Simulation Lab Welcomes State-of-the-Art Maternal Manikin
Adelphi offers students a growing number of high-impact, hands-on learning experiences right on campus. The newest is Victoria, a highly advanced birthing manikin capable of simulating a complete range of situations nurses face in the delivery room, from routine neonatal care to obstetric emergencies. The first of its kind used in nursing programs on Long Island, the manikin has two babies, each designed for different scenarios. Together they provide training in managing complications like shoulder dystocia, umbilical cord prolapse, breech delivery and postpartum hemorrhage.

› Read More About How Adelphi Uses Simulation Labs in Training Nurses

Pass Rates Are on the Rise, Indicating Increasing Attention to Student Success
Adelphi University has redoubled its efforts to help students pass the tests they need to begin careers in their chosen fields, and there are impressive numbers to report: The 2018 edTPA teacher preparation exam rate showed an overall pass rate of 98 percent, up 7 percent over the previous year. Nursing’s National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) pass rates were 89.4 percent for the third quarter of 2018, the highest in eight years. The rise in pass rates is due in no small part to the College of Nursing and Public Health’s relentless focus on student success, coupled with new initiatives, including increased simulation-based learning activities, study skills workshops through the Learning Center, and live and virtual NCLEX prep courses. “Our students are actively engaged in their preparation for the exam and we are delighted to see these increasing scores,” said Dean Elaine Smith ’78, MS ’88, Ed.D.

› Study Up on Nursing’s Recent Pass Rates

A Novel Faculty-Student Collaboration to Support Students in Their Research Wins Acclaim
In 2018, Adelphi University’s Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology program started a novel training endeavor, the research case conference, to support students with interests in academic and research careers. The conference has met for two semesters and has received phenomenal reviews. Said one student, “Research and writing can be a lonely experience, and we all need a listening ear when we feel isolated and/or we want our colleagues’ support. …The conference is a blend of emotional and technical support.” The research case conference is part of the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology’s ongoing effort to enhance student scholarship and faculty-student collaboration, increasing our prominence in the academic community.

› Learn How Adelphi’s Derner School is Pioneering University-Based Psychology

Adelphi Students Take Part in the Worldwide Hour of Code
Adelphi was the only Long Island college to participate in the 2018 worldwide Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week. A global movement taking place in 180-plus countries, the Hour of Code gives brief tutorials for students who have no experience in coding. It helped Adelphi students understand how coding in the Java programming language works and how to create simple interactive programs, among other coding insights. Upon completion, students received a certificate of completion in the Hour of Code.

› Discover More about “The World’s Largest Learning Event”

Adelphi Students Benefit from One of America’s Top First-Year Experiences
U.S. News & World Report has just introduced a new list ranking the country’s top first-year experiences. Based on recommendations from college presidents and administrators, it highlights schools that offer first-year seminars and other programs that regularly bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff members. Adelphi made the list, placing us in the top 20 percent nationally. We are also the only school on Long Island, including Queens and Brooklyn, to be ranked.

› Explore Adelphi’s First-Year Experience

Fall Sports End in Championships and Tournament Berths
Another successful season for the Panthers was highlighted by outstanding performances in two sports. Men’s soccer won both the NE10 championship and the East Region title, making it all the way to the NCAA Quarterfinals. It was the second time in three years that the team won both the NE10 and East Region, helping propel first-year coach Gary Book and his staff to regional College Staff of the Year honors from United Soccer Coaches. Volleyball also traveled to the NCAAs after tying a school record with a remarkable 27-win season. Seniors on the team went to the tournament three times during their careers, while winning one NE10 title.

› Keep Up with Panther Athletics

Adelphi Recognized as a Career Development College of Distinction
From fellowships and internships to résumé preparation, mock interviews, job fairs and a leadership preparation program, Adelphi offers students robust resources to help prepare them for career success. Now the University has been recognized as a national leader in the area of career development by the ratings organization Colleges of Distinction. Adelphi is one of only eight schools in New York state to receive the honor.

› Learn More About Career Development Services at Adelphi

Panther Places First at a Harvard Hackathon and Gets Accepted Into Elite Microsoft Program
The 36-hour HackHarvard hackathon in October is a testing ground for some of the region’s best college programmers; first-year Adelphi student Nina Hamidli established herself there as one of the best of the best. Working with students from other universities, her team won first place in one of the competitions by creating a website that identifies and links faces to social media. Her prize was a new MacBook Pro laptop computer. Hamidli, a computer science major, also interviewed at the hackathon for a place in the Microsoft Student Partners program; she was accepted and will benefit from workshops, résumé building and training sessions that will help her jump-start her career.

› See More About Adelphi’s Computer Science Program

Paid Internships for Business Students
Internships play a key role in the education of students at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business—helping them apply and extend what they’ve learned in class while gaining valuable career experience. Last year, 79 percent of Willumstad graduates had at least one internship during their time at Adelphi, and almost all but 20 of our more than 380 business students’ internships were paid. This year, in just the first month of school, 88 students had already landed paid internships, working at companies including PwC, KPMG, EY, BDO Global, Merrill Lynch and, Inc.

› See More About Business School Internships

Willumstad School Launches Innovative Program to Ensure Its Undergraduates Are Career Ready
To ensure that our business students are ready to hit the ground running when they graduate, Adelphi’s business school created the Willumstad Winning Edge—a comprehensive set of programs outside the academic curriculum that builds skills in information technologies, networking opportunities and career development activities (including internships, experiential learning and focused workshops). The program runs from the first year through senior year, lasting the entire course of undergraduate study. It is named for its benefactor, Robert B. Willumstad ’05 (Hon.), chair emeritus of the University’s board of trustees.

› Learn How Adelphi is Transforming Undergraduate Business Education

Adelphi Student Researches Molecule at NY’s Brookhaven National Laboratory
Our location in New York provides our students and faculty with exciting opportunities for hands-on learning at world-renowned research facilities like the Brookhaven National Laboratory. Chemistry professor Ivan Fabe Dempsey Hyatt, PhD, and his student Marly Medard headed to Brookhaven to work with scientists at the lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source II, where they analyzed a new compound Medard had synthesized in Dr. Hyatt’s lab.

› Read About Student Access to NSLS-II

Why Adelphi Is Gaining Broad Appeal Among International Students
The personal touch of the Adelphi University International (AUI) program makes students want to come and stay. Through our partnership with Shorelight, we are gaining enthusiastic students from four continents. Besides learning in classes, they are learning to ride the New York City subway, choose a minor and join restaurant tours in Harlem.

› Learn More About AUI’s Success

Adelphi Welcomes Largest Class Ever at Matriculation
News 12 Long Island and FiOS1 News covered the historic day. At its Matriculation ceremony on Sunday, August 28, 2016, Adelphi University welcomed more than 1,200 freshmen—its largest-ever incoming class, and its most diverse as well. This followed a listening tour and reformulation of strategy and goals by incoming President Christine M. Riordan.

› Meet the Historic Freshman Class

Following a Standout Fall Season, Adelphi Tied for First Place in the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup Standings
Adelphi Panthers were the NE10 Champions in men’s soccer and women’s tennis and captured a pair of NE10 regular season titles in soccer this fall, picking up 29 points from its men’s and women’s soccer teams alone.

› Read About Adelphi’s Athletic Victories

Bridges to Adelphi Uses Grants to Help Students on the Autism Spectrum Get Involved and Get Hired
With grants from the Adelphi University Women’s Giving Circle, we are helping students on the Autism spectrum gain experience with volunteering on campus and landing jobs and internships. This ground breaking program helps students learn and experience college life while preparing for meaningful careers in their chosen fields.

› Learn How the Bridges Progam Meets Students’ Needs

Internships for Our Business Majors Are Up More Than 130 Percent—A Record High
In 2016, our Robert B. Willumstad School of Business placed 301 students in internships—a jump of more than 130 percent over 2015.

That means that about one-third of Adelphi’s undergraduate business students held internships at more than 200 organizations across Long Island, and we’re pushing for even more in New York City. Equally impressive is that 98 percent of the internships are paid.

› See What Our Business Students Are Doing

NYC Scholars Program Makes the City Its Classroom
Undergraduates can spend a semester living and learning in the greatest city in the world. The NYC Scholars Program gives students an opportunity to “live, learn and intern” in New York City for one semester of their Adelphi experience. In a study abroad model, students will live in Brooklyn Heights at St. George Towers, a staffed residence with scenic views of the city and 24-hour security.

› Learn About the NYC Scholars Program

Knowledge Is Power: Adelphi Boosts Career Development With Free Access to
Adelphi students, faculty and staff now have access to an extensive online library of instructional videos on all types of software and business skills, including Adobe Creative Suite, HTML coding and more. Each video features time-coded transcriptions, closed captions and smartphone compatibility, so students of any ability, on any schedule, can engage in learning opportunities.

› See How Lets Adelphi Keep Learning

Weekend Engagement Committee Established in Fall 2016 Indicates 4500 to 5000 Have Attended 173 Weekend Programs
This includes our innovative Go Gold! program to motivate student participation in events, activities and trips with a community engagement goal.

› Check Out the Go Gold! Program

Adelphi Live and Learn Community Is Established by Student Affairs
The Live and Learn Community allows students to participate in an extraordinary mix of in-classroom and in-community events in order to bring learning outside our campus and into our nearby towns, hospitals and volunteer centers.

97 Organizations Currently Engage With Our Jaggar Community Fellows Program
This is a large increase compared to 50 organizations last year. It means we have almost doubled participation in this important social engagement initiative. Students experience hands-on learning in hospitals, care centers and volunteer organizations across Long Island as Jaggar fellows.

› Explore the Jaggar Community Fellows Program

Three New Workshops Specifically Addressing International Careers and Internships Are Planned
This will be done in conjunction with the Office of International Student Services. Among new courses of study under consideration is the Global MBA, a course of study featuring international business problem solving offered in our New York City hub.