Arcadia 2025 Adaptive Strategy

Theme One Strategic Goal #1: Unbounding the Liberal Arts and Sciences

Revised September 8, 2020

Objective #1:

Deepen the Undergraduate Experience through Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and Global Lenses

Arcadia will solidify and expand on its national leadership in global engagement and interconnect it with a leading higher education model for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Develop and pilot an Inclusive Pedagogy Framework that can be applied to a wide range of undergraduate courses at a wide range of levels
  • Expand and diversify Preview, Global Field Study (GFS), and College of Global Studies experiences (TCGS) to embrace more regions, cultures, and academic disciplines (including service-learning)


  • Preview, GFS, and Study Abroad participation
  • Thrive Index (a composite of student engagement and success indicators)
  • Identity awareness and cultural competency indicators
  • Course offerings identified as having strong JEDI and/or Global content
  • Enrollment in courses identified as having strong JEDI and/or Global content


Inclusive Pedagogy Framework ready to pilot in Fall 2020; Phase 1 of Preview and GFS expansion launches in Spring 2021; Build and pilot draft version of Thrive Index in Summer 2020


Objective #2:

Launch New Undergraduate and Graduate Programs across Pedagogies and Modalities

Leveraging market demands and opportunities for social impact, Arcadia will expand and diversify its programming, paying particular attention to the synergies among its four academic epicenters: liberal arts, health sciences, global business, and education.


  • Build and rollout Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physician’s Assistant (PA) hybrid programs
  • Redesign the curriculum/program development process to be more data-driven, agile, and outcomes-focused


  • Enrollment in DPT program
  • Enrollment in PA program
  • New programs and modalities
  • New program enrollment
  • Collaborative ventures in programming across the University’s five academic units


DPT and PA hybrid programs rollout in Spring 2021; Pilot of New Program Development process ready in Fall 2020