Arcadia UKnighted

Arcadia UKnighted is an interactive forum for members of the University community to engage in presidential initiatives. This portal is a central place to inform the community, engage in dialogue, collaborate on initiatives, and contribute feedback to enhance Arcadia for students, alumni, faculty, and staff.  

A UKnighted Vision

Community service, innovative research, global engagement, and more: This year, the Arcadia community led outstanding efforts aligned with our mission, vision, and values.

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.

Our Mission, Vision, and Lived Values

Sessions and Committees

UKnighted Community Engagement

Nearly 500 Arcadia community members have participated in 33 strategy development sessions thus far this semester, providing invaluable feedback to the ongoing process. Nearly 400 input cards from 36 academic departments and staff units were submitted and have continued the conversation about an adaptive strategy. 

Strategy Development Retreats, Session, and Feebback

The President’s Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), co-chaired by Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, professor of Education, and Joseph Sun, director of Strategic Initiatives, and community are developing a framework for the institution. 

JEDI Commission Framework for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Steering Committees and Task Forces

The compiled feedback and themes from the campuswide working-session have led to the establishment of steering committees and task forces, each of which is led by appointed co-chairs and comprised of members who have volunteered. The President and Provost will convene an Executive Committee, which will, in collaboration with the Board, review and refine recommendations.

Aspirational Committee (5-and 10-year) COMPLETE 2019

This steering committee will provide diverse, ambitious, and creative perspectives in enhancing liberal arts excellence at Arcadia and beyond.


Budget Task Force

This steering committee will develop structures and programs to build community-wide communication and literacy concerning the Arcadia University budget and more. 


Shared Governance and Transparency Committee

This steering committee will build on the undertaken by the Faculty Senate’s 2016-2017 Shared Governance Task Force.


Open Expression Task Force

In November 2018, an Open Expression Task Force was formed, led by Dean of Students Andrew Goretsky and comprised of faculty, staff, and students, to address free speech and expression on campus and within the Arcadia community.


Social Innovation Task Force - COMPLETE 2019

The Social Innovation Task Force will explore strategies for Arcadia to position itself as a social enterprise, develop social innovations, and inspire social entrepreneurship.


Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

The President’s Commission on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) was established to conduct a comprehensive review of Arcadia’s policies, practices, and campus climate to ensure each align with the University’s Vision and Lived Values


As groups finalize their work, others will be formed to address the focused issues, challenges, or projects we will need for our strategic planning process as an institution. This graphic demonstrates the points of transparency, collaboration, and innovation we will address over the next 18-24 months, moving our community toward strategic planning.

Strategic Planning Timeline

The Aspirational Committee presented to the Board of Trustees on its nine-month community efforts to reach the current draft of the University Vision Statement and Core Values Statement, which the Board approved.

Update: University Vision Statement & Core Values

Campus Conversations

Below are five themes discussed at the campus-wide working session on April 20, 2018, for the community to comment on and review.

  1. Budget Planning - How can we be entrepreneurial in addressing budget challenges?
  2. Core Values - How can we use our core values when making decisions?
  3. Communication Strategies - How can we develop effective communication strategies across all audiences?
  4. Shared Governance - What might shared governance look like at Arcadia? How can we improve or implement shared governance?
  5. Aspirational Vision - What should we consider as our 5-year, 10-year vision? How can we formulate a clear and inspirational vision of Arcadia’s future?

Internal and External Priorities

Additional initatives

This comprehensive strategic partnership is designed to optimize enrollment and retention and ensure academic focus and efficiencies.

Presidential and University Performance Goals

This document delineates the goals for the President of Arcadia University for 2018-19, with some goals extending into 2019-20. While mission-critical university goals are also presidential goals, this document highlights specific goals that will demand significant portions of the President’s time and energy. For other mission-critical goals that are stated in this document, appropriate leadership has been assigned.

Office of the President

External Review of Direct Reports

“What obstacles must we overcome?” “What I value most at Arcadia,” and “What empowerment looks like at its best” are some of the critical themes Cabinet addressed in a retreat on Oct. 29, 2018.  

View Retreat Outcomes


The evaluations for the offices of University Advancement, University Relations, and General Counsel are complete, and the final reports have been received from our reviewers. These evaluations will continue our work to build trust and transparency. As I review and process these evaluations, I will share a summary of the recommendations with the community on this UKnighted webpage.


Through this important work we hope to establish a model for organizational evaluations across the University. Our work will form a readiness assessment for the strategic planning process we are about to begin. Below is the schedule for the evaluation process:


Enrollment Management/Student Affairs Fall 2018/Spring 2019
Academic Affairs Spring 2019
The College of Global Studies Fall 2019-20
Finance and Administration Fall 2019