Arcadia 2025 Adaptive Strategy

Arcadia 2025 Adaptive Strategy

Revised September 11, 2020


Arcadia University’s legacy is extraordinary. More than 165 years ago, we began as an institution offering women a liberal arts education. In the decades that followed, we pioneered opportunities in international education, writing across the curriculum, and so much more. Even during turbulent times, the University continued to evolve and advance.

From our founding as Beaver College in 1853 to the present day, Arcadia University continues a remarkable journey as a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and a national leader in international education. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia nationally among the top universities in study abroad as well as among the top regional universities in the North. The Princeton Review has named Arcadia among the “Best in the Northeast” for five consecutive years, while the University’s Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report.

Together, we have moved the Arcadia community forward in immeasurable ways. Our community embarked on the foundation for strategy work two years ago with the arrival of the University’s 22nd President, Dr. Ajay Nair. We were intentional as a community to engage in strategy development as an inclusive process, with a thriving model that was adaptive. Given the uncertainty of the times, we reimagined the strategy process and the strategy itself. ARCADIA 2025 is a strategy intended to help us experiment and take initiative, ask questions and create synergies, and move Arcadia ahead in often unknown and unknowable environments.

Today, disruptions in higher education are unprecedented. We must create an agile organization that doesn’t merely withstand external pressure—we must grow from disruption. The adaptive strategy we are developing as a community will help us build the Arcadia University of the future by drawing on the intrinsic qualities that make us unique, while ensuring that every Arcadia student can reach their full potential.