Successful steps towards 2030 goal: National recognition
Here we are, five weeks into the semester and just about two weeks until mid-terms for our traditional undergrad students and the end of session one for our School of Professional Studies students. It is great to be back on our regular semester schedule, and to see the return of some campus vibrancy. My thanks to so many Albrightians who are vaccinated and wearing masks, for helping to keep our on-campus infectivity low, despite the surge of the Delta variant in so many places.
Today, we celebrate the excellence and national recognition of some of our academic programs — a key part of Albright’s 2030 strategic vision.
Just last weekend, Albright’s Fashion Program was the only college program to be featured on the runway during New York Fashion Week! Seven alumni and two current students debuted nine collections in the show, which was covered by top national fashion media outlets. Additionally, yesterday we received the great news that Albright College is the only school in America on the Runway360 platform, which is the home of NYFW and all other serious fashion creators in America! Check out the show on Albright’s YouTube channel and the designers’ collections on the Albright College page on Runway360!
It’s also that time of year when new college rankings are announced. Albright has received national recognition for academic excellence, social mobility of our graduates, and being a best bang for the buck in three different rankings!
Princeton Review: Best College in the Northeast – Albright is one of only 223 schools to earn the honor for 2022.
U.S. News and World Report: Top National Liberal Arts College and Top National Liberal Arts College Performer on Social Mobility – U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings assess 1,466 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Ranked #32 for social mobility, Albright moved up eight positions since last year, and has been named a Top Performer on Social Mobility every year since the measure launched, in 2020.
Washington Monthly: Top Liberal Arts College and a Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast – The nonprofit magazine’s rankings are based on social mobility, research and providing opportunities for public service.
These rankings represent national recognition for what we know we do so very well — provide an outstanding academic program, along with a commitment to affordability, for students of academic promise, preparing our students for success in life and career. This is what we have long done — and it is wonderful to receive this external recognition.
As this fall semester moves forward, please continue to take care of yourselves and each other, and join me in celebrating Albright’s academic excellence – it’s a great day to be a Lion!
Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D., ’82
President and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry