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March 22, 2022

Poet Sonia Sanchez to Receive Honorary Degree, Address Class of 2022 at Arcadia University Commencement

Arcadia University is proud to announce that renowned poet, activist, and scholar Sonia Sanchez will receive an honorary doctoral degree and address the Class of 2022 at Commencement ceremonies on Thursday and Friday, May 19-20. Arcadia is one of the first institutions in the nation to offer women...

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February 28, 2022

Arcadia Supports Its Global Community and Ukraine

Dear Arcadia University Community, At Arcadia University, we are deeply troubled by the news and images coming from Ukraine. As a global institution, our hearts are with our students, scholars, faculty, staff, and partners, as well as all those affected by these events in the region and around the...

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February 8, 2022

Arcadia University, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announce Agreement of Sale for Former Bishop McDevitt High School Property

Arcadia University and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announce an agreement of sale for Arcadia to purchase the former Bishop McDevitt High School property in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. The property includes a total of 18.21 acres, a four-story structure totaling 95,746 square feet,...

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November 9, 2021

Arcadia's ABRI Efforts Featured in Nov. 9 Chronicle of Higher Education

Arcadia University is the feature of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Nov. 9 Race on Campus newsletter. The Chronicle spoke with President Ajay Nair, Provost Jeff Rutenbeck, and Assistant Vice President for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Angela McNeil, who are all quoted in the article...

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October 4, 2021

Arcadia University Receives $2.25 Million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

Arcadia University is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program Grant for the amount of $2.25 million over five years for work designed to increase student achievement, persistence, and retention. Advancing Retention...

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September 13, 2021

Arcadia Again Among Top Schools in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

In the highly anticipated 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings, released today, Arcadia University is once again ranked among the top Regional Universities in the North category. Arcadia is ranked 44th, among the top 34 percent of schools in this category and third among colleges and...

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July 30, 2021

Arcadia University Presented with $1 Million RACP Grant

Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood presented Arcadia University with a $1 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for construction, renovation, and other related costs for a multi-purpose center on July 28. “The higher education community and our local community...

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July 16, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years as Arcadia University

“Our resident assistant (RA) told us that we needed to meet in the chat—now room 107 in the Dining Hall—at midnight,” Assistant Dean of Student Success Bre Donnelly ’04 recalls about the night of Nov. 20, 2000. “It had long been rumored that there was going to be a name change. It was a very unique...

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July 8, 2021

Arcadia Examines Curriculum, Professional Development in ABRI and JEDI Framework

Following a year of progression on its 41 Anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI) , which were implemented by President Ajay Nair and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Rutenbeck in June 2020, Arcadia University faculty and staff are examining curriculum, scholarship, and...

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May 31, 2021

Arcadia’s Pandemic Response

Arcadia University took a values-based, community-focused, strategic approach in responding to the disruptions that have been brought by COVID-19 since early 2020. Each initiative enacted and measure taken placed students and those most vulnerable in our community at the center, with...

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May 26, 2021

From the President

Dear Arcadia University Community, Arcadia University is built upon a lineage of traditions, values, social impact, and academic excellence that we can trace back to the mid-19th century. Each class, generation, student, and graduate has carried on this legacy. Since our inception, we have dared to...

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April 15, 2021

Dr. Nair Reappointed to Five-year Term as President

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Arcadia University has reappointed President Ajay Nair to a second term of five years, beginning July 1, 2021. “From his first day at Arcadia, President Nair has shown tremendous leadership and a bold vision that will continue our University's...

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January 5, 2021

Message from the President: Happy New Year and Welcome Back

Dear Arcadia Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, and Friends, Happy New Year! As we prepare for a limited campus opening in Glenside, our community remains strong. Arcadia has updated its Health and Safety Plan , and community members will help minimize risk on campus by wearing masks, social...

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October 28, 2020

Arcadia’s LOVE Pilot Program Launches

Over 50 faculty, staff, and students gathered on Oct. 9 to launch the newest Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) project: Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) Pilot Program . The LOVE Pilot Program will serve as a much-needed space for Arcadia students to explore issues of identity,...

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October 20, 2020

Presidential Announcement: Update on Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Arcadia Community, This fall, we made a difficult decision to begin the 2020-21 academic year fully online to protect the Arcadia community’s health and safety. Since the fall semester began, we have made significant progress with the early phases of our campus reopening plan, including having...

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September 22, 2020

Arcadia Votes Encourages Voting on National Voter Registration Day

Arcadia Votes, driven by the Office of Social Impact and Innovation (SI2), in partnership with Historical and Political Studies Department, Arcadia Athletics, Student Government Organization, Engagement and New Student Programs, and Civic Engagement Society, is celebrating National Voter...

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September 9, 2020

President Nair on Chronicle of Higher Ed Panel

The Chronicle of Higher Education has tapped President Ajay Nair to serve on an industry panel on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. President Nair will be a panelist for the Chronicle of Higher Education ’s “What It Takes to Be a Student-Centered Institution Now.” The panel also includes Allison Calhoun...

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August 25, 2020

President Nair Named Minority Business Leader by Philadelphia Business Journal

Arcadia University President Ajay Nair has been named a 2020 Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The award recognizes the Philadelphia region's top minority business leaders based on demonstrated business success over the past 12 to 18 months. Dr. Nair is the first person...

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August 18, 2020

SI2 Reflects on 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

After decades of fighting for women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote. A committee of social justice-minded citizens, which included Helen Keller and Jane Addams, founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to protect freedom of...

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December 11, 2019

President Nair Honored at Sixers Game during Indian American Heritage Night

Arcadia University President Ajay Nair was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers during a pregame ceremony on Dec. 7 as part of the team’s sixth annual Indian American Heritage Night. With his wife, Paayal Nair , and their children, Krishna and Rani Nair , Dr. Nair was presented with a personalized...

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October 17, 2019

Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights Dr. Nair’s Dedication to Diversity

President Ajay Nair was featured in the Oct. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education for his dedication to diversifying higher education. Following his op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle spotlighted the University’s recent increase in racial and gender diversity in its administration...

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