PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE | Innovation and Adaptability
At the start of the 2019-20 academic year, we knew that innovation and adaptability would be critical to our long-term success as an institution. Our community’s focus and determination helped us develop ARCADIA2025, an adaptive strategy that guides our decision-making and shapes our institutional priorities.
ARCADIA2025 helped guide us through one of the most challenging semesters our University has ever faced. After our resolve and resilience were tested by COVID-19, we were faced, once again, with stark reminders of the systemic racism that has plagued our nation and region for far too long. In both instances, our community rose to the challenge, making critical, timely decisions aligned with our values and speaking out and acting with passion against the disease of racism. This adaptability allowed us to responsibly steward academic and business continuity, contribute to pandemic mitigation efforts, establish action-based initiatives in response to anti-Black racism, and deepen our community connections.
Our aspiration is clear: Through these crises, we will emerge as leaders in higher education, serving as an engine for prosperity for our local and global communities, and as an accelerant to help the world heal. We will excel by being All-Modes Ready in providing access to exemplary teaching and mentoring in the wake of unprecedented challenges.
We will build a University for the future and remain #ArcadiaStrong.
Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution.
Celebrating a Values-Based Culture
The celebration… was heart-warming and inspiring. The message I took away was: to ground, to root, to center, to connect within—to fly, to grow, to touch, to create … and to experience the joy and the power of our individual work as these individual stories begin to connect and grow into a collective conscience!Dr. Foram Bhukhanwala
Embracing Your Authentic Self
I’m very fortunate to attend a University that embraces inclusivity and welcomes students to be authentic to themselves, not just within an academic environment.Mia Woo ’22
Leading with Humility
I’ve become a stronger educator, colleague, artist, and human being as I begin my second term on Faculty Senate and advance my studio practice. I am manifesting my goal of solidifying myself within a community that I love so much.Mike DeLuca
Addressing Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
Arcadia is addressing the disconnect between institutions desiring to have diversity in their student bodies, but failing to deal with the lack of diversity at the executive level.Dr. Alan Jansen
Reflecting the World in Which We Want to Live
Arcadia taught me not to be afraid to take a different path and open up my life to the world. I was lucky to be able to participate in the First-Year Study Abroad Experience in Scotland, and in my junior year, I completed an internship at a zoo in Australia. Both study abroad experiences changed my life and how I viewed the world and most definitely gave me the travel bug. Arcadia was the pathway that led me to the world. This is just the beginning of my exploration.Dr. Rachel E. Palis ’10
Black Lives Matter
I am motivated to become an educator because I want to be a role model for children who do and who also do not look like me. I want to instill a love of learning and realization of continual growth in students.Desmond Daniels ’21, ’22M
Our Vision, Our Dream, Our Passion
Arcadia University’s pioneering, global, integrated, liberal arts, and professional learning experience cultivates leaders who are intellectually fearless and uniquely prepared for life and work. Our highly regarded, values-based learning community reflects the world in which we want to live.
Unanimous Board of Trustees Approval of ARCADIA2025
At the February 20, 2020 Board of Trustees meeting, a unanimous vote of approval was issued for ARCADIA2025, the projected strategic direction of the University. The Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness will support this process to ensure that the University continues along the path that has been forged over nearly two years. The established priorities and initiatives will further align college, departmental, and divisional strategies with Arcadia’s strategic direction.
As the coronavirus spread around the world, Arcadia’s leadership and crisis management teams led efforts to protect the health and safety of University community members, on campus and overseas. As the spring semester progressed, the University developed an academic and campus continuity plan; resources and policies to ease the transition to remote work and learning; and an online repository of University updates regarding COVID-19.
Our Global Response
COVID-19 was a rapidly evolving situation. Arcadia began our global response in January with news from our partner institutions in China, and mobilized a global crisis response team to gather information, make informed decisions, and protect the health and safety of our community as the pandemic progressed.
Innovate to Thrive Challenge
In May, we established the Innovate to Thrive challenge to help Arcadia thrive during the COVID-19 disruption. All community members were invited to pitch ideas and solutions to unprecedented challenges we may face during the 2020-21 academic year.
Decisions Based on Our Lived Values
Tasked with addressing the pandemic on a global scale, we ensured our decisions aligned with our values. This included funding students’ ability to mobilize, ensuring that students who needed housing had a home on campus, and supporting our faculty and staff as we pivoted to online operations.
Community Impact Amid Pandemic
As COVID-19 began to emerge, one of the first area institutions to step forward to offer help to the Township was Arcadia University. They have provided assistance to the Police Department and EMS, not once, not twice, but three times. They continue to call and offer assistance. Thank you, Arcadia University, for being a community partner.Cheltenham Township Emergency Management
Interconnected and Interdependent
Arcadia gave me the opportunity to serve people in ways that I never imagined. From the experiential learning experiences in the greater Philadelphia area to the opportunities to study abroad, I built my confidence and competence in my clinical and interpersonal skills. The Arcadia experience ignited my love of serving underserved populations and ultimately led me to my current position with the Indian Health Service as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).Lieutenant Shantel Blume '13DPT
This support, coupled with the tireless work and dedication of our community members, will allow us to preserve Arcadia’s traditions and learning experiences, no matter the challenges we face. Our All-Modes Ready model provides us flexibility in the short term, yet will set Arcadia apart as a leader in educational continuity and accessibility in the long term.
We will build a University for the future, and we will remain #ArcadiaStrong.
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About the President’s Report
The 2020 President’s Report chronicles the self-renewal process of the past year. Together, we are strengthening campus leadership, pursuing high-impact opportunities, and inspiring a values-based culture. With an understanding of the major disruptions that are occurring within higher education, we have built a community of practice to enable and articulate our shared passions and commitments.
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