Momentum: Adelphi's Strategic Plan

Momentum: Adelphi's Strategic Plan

The six key goals of Momentum guide our steps forward as we fulfill our central mission: to transform the lives of our students.


President Christine M. Riordan shares Adelphi’s vision for student success.

Meeting Goals. Transforming Lives.

Our mission, vision and approach to higher education—detailed in our strategic plan Momentum—is transforming our students’ lives, and Adelphi University itself.

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As a community, we designed this strategy to ask more of ourselves and set targets; to take what’s exceptional about Adelphi and make it truly extraordinary.

Six Momentous Goals

Goal 1: An emphasis on world-class academics

Adelphi already offers the intellectual rigor and talented faculty that create a unique educational experience. We will enhance the value of an Adelphi degree by deepening the caliber of the teaching, the programs, and the research and creative work in order to increase the impact of every student’s (and professor’s) years with us.

Goal 2: A relentless focus on student success

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.

Goal 3: A model of diversity and inclusion

Adelphi’s reputation as a community that values, welcomes and inspires every individual—among our students, faculty and staff—will grow on a national level.

Goal 4: A powerfully connected university

We will extend the reach and resources of our community through a potent network of relationships. We’ll bring together faculty, staff, families, alumni and business and industry partners, maximizing our traditional associations here on Long Island as well as in the great city that is our neighbor.

Goal 5: Financial and operational strength

Growing stronger means growing smart by incrementally improving existing resources and operations, while integrating new and complementary ones, to form a seamlessly high-functioning, highly regarded enterprise.

Goal 6: Global recognition and renown

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.

Our Mission: To Transform Lives

Our University transforms the lives of all students by creating a distinctive environment of intellectual rigor, research, creativity and deep community engagement across our Core Four areas of focus: Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Our Vision: To Personalize Education

We will become a nationally respected leader—a standard bearer—for redefining the practical and personal value of education for students, helping them define their success in the classroom, on campus, in careers and communities, and beyond.

Our Approach: Small Classes, Big Thinking

An average 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, with exceptionally high academic quality, gives every student hands-on learning and close interaction with excellent faculty. Our belief in one-to-one learning is revolutionizing the university experience for thousands of students.

Adelphi has a special way of helping each individual find their success.

Juan Carlos Pérez ’07, MA ’08, was 11 when he came here from Mexico. After earning a scholarship to Adelphi’s Honors College, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in education, today he teaches newly immigrated students in a New York City public high school.

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