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January 22, 2020

Adelphi University’s Top 10 News Stories of 2019

Top 10 News Stories of 2019

Before we jump into a new semester, a new year and a new decade, let’s pause to look back once more on what we accomplished in 2019. Here are our top 10 news stories (follow-up stories included) in chronological order.

1. Recognition for the College of Nursing and Public Health

The College of Nursing and Public Health started 2019 with great news about our students’ test pass rates on a crucial exam: the demanding National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In January, we announced that for the four quarters of 2018, Adelphi’s first-time pass-rate average rose to 85 percent. And in the third quarter of 2018, the average pass rate was 89.4 percent, which was the highest rate in eight years.

That was just the start of a great year for our nursing programs. In March, we reported how the College rose 49 spots in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 rankings for Best Graduate Schools. In August, the National League for Nursing recognized the College as offering one of 10 nursing programs from across the country and gave us a four-year designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education-Advancing the Science of Nursing Education, and named our RN to BSN program one of the Top 10 Best Accredited RN to BSN Programs in New York state for 2019.

2. Two New STEM Programs Prepare Students for Today’s Hot Jobs

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are booming, and Adelphi continues to introduce programs to prepare future professionals for careers in these areas. In May, Adelphi added a new minor in scientific computing—the first of its kind in New York state—in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. In July, we announced we were partnering with SUNY Upstate Medical University to launch the Adelphi-Upstate Accelerated Scholars Program, a guaranteed medical school entrance program for new undergraduates.

3. National Science Foundation Grant Promotes STEAM Education

Adding the “Arts” to STEM education (STEAM) is a great way for teachers to engage students in math and science. In May, the National Science Foundation awarded Adelphi a $1.2 million grant to support The New York Noyce STEAM Pipeline: Preparing Next Gen Science Teachers at Adelphi University. This program aims to recruit, support and prepare 24 science teachers, including those from typically underrepresented groups, to take science teaching positions in high-needs school districts. In November, the program received the Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest magazine devoted to diversity in higher education.

4. A Generous Scholarship Transforms Lives of Students Overcoming Physical Challenges

In May, Adelphi received a $900,000 donation to create a scholarship in honor of the late Trustee Emeritus John J. Gutleber ’68, MBA ’70, with the board of trustees matching the annual payout of the endowment in perpetuity, doubling the impact of this undergraduate scholarship for graduates of the Henry Viscardi School. In August, Peri Finkelstein and Christopher Alvarez became the first two recipients of this transformative award.

5. Our Students Take on New York City

Our students take advantage of New York City from before they set foot in the classroom their first year through senior year and graduate school. In July, we reported on how incoming first-year students were heading to the Big Apple as part of the University’s required First-Year Seminars and how students gain valuable experience by interning for New York City financial firms, entertainment companies, healthcare systems or nonprofits.

6. Spotlight on Community Service and Faculty Research

We published new issues of our two flagship publications: Adelphi University Magazine and Academic and Creative Research Magazine. Adelphi University Magazine featured the ways Adelphi students, faculty and staff are involved in community service. The research publication showcases the work of our faculty, with a feature story on social justice.

7. Program Opens Doors for Hispanic High School Students

This summer marked the launch of our Hispanic Community Partnership Program, a free college-readiness program for rising high school seniors of Hispanic background from the tristate area. From August 1 to August 4, our campus welcomed 17 students who enjoyed workshops and activities that introduced them to the college experience.

8. A Grant to Keep Our Residence Halls in Good Shape

In August, we got word that we’d received a $1 million Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant from the state of New York. The funds from this grant will support residential housing projects and improve student life at Adelphi.

9. Survey Shows Great Career Outcomes for New Alumni

Our Career Outcomes Survey: Class of 2018 is released, and the results show our students leave Adelphi primed to land employment, succeed in their careers or pursue more advanced degrees. Participating undergraduate and graduate students report impressive outcomes: 95 percent of undergraduates and 94 percent of graduate students reported being employed or furthering their education within six months of graduation.

10. Adelphi Rankings Are on the Rise

U.S. News & World Report names us a “best” college in five different categories:

In addition, we received top marks from other publishers and honors for our commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves almost 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online. 

More than 116,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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