Adler University Distinctions and Honors.

Adler University Distinctions and Honors.

Adler University Distinctions and Honors

Advocacy and Community Engagement

  • Carnegie Classification: Adler University holds the esteemed Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching—one of only 361 institutions to hold the classification recognizing institutions with excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices of exemplary community engagement.
  • Community engagement: Adler University has been named the Presidential Winner of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award in the General Community Service category. This is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagemen
  • Community partnership: The J.W. McConnell Foundation recognized Adler’s Vancouver Campus and its longtime community partner Family Services of North Shore with a 2012 Community Service-Learning Award. The award recognizes successful community initiatives supported by robust community service-learning partnerships, and innovative approaches that transform relationships, structures, policies, and/or mainstream practices.
  • Military mental health advocacy: Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI) honored Adler in 2013 for its work on military mental health issues.
  • Outstanding advocacy: The National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology recognized Adler with its 2011 Advocacy Award, for outstanding contributions in education and training of advocacy and public interest issues.

Campus Life

  • Environmental sustainability: Adler’s Chicago campus holds the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certification, the internationally recognized accreditation that represents the highest standards in indoor environmental quality and resource stewardship.
  • LGBTQ-friendly: For the second consecutive year, Adler was recognized in 2014 as the nation’s only independent graduate school achieving 4.5 stars or higher out of 5 stars possible on the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index, which serves as a national assessment for higher education campuses in the United States to benchmark policies, programs, and practices that are inclusive and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and allies.
  • Military-friendly:  Adler has been named multiple times, most recently in 2014, to G.I. Jobs’ Military Friendly Schools list, honoring colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Distinctive Academics

Online Education

  • Best practices: The Sloan Consortium, a national higher education consortium, recognized Adler’s Department of Online Learning with a 2010 Effective Practice Award for best practices in innovating faculty and student support systems for blended education.

Research and Thought Leadership

  • Mental health impact assessment: Adler’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) pioneered Mental Health Impact Assessment practice with its 2013 study that was the first in the United States to assess the impact of public policies on the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities.
  • Social determinants of mental health: The ISE also hosted the first-ever national and international conference on social determinants of mental health, in June 2010.

Social Justice

  • Restorative justice: Adler’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) is recognized in Chicago and nationally for its leadership in advancing restorative justice structures and practice as an alternative to punishment-based criminal justice. In 2014, Woods Fund Chicago awarded a $500,000 grant—the largest in its history—to IPSSJ in partnership with Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood Council to strengthen and expand Chicago’s restorative justice movement.