President

STATE OF THE UNIVERSITY
FALL 2019

The University had a very successful year, despite the challenges facing private universities and colleges. Among other things

  • The University completed its 10-year Middle States reaccreditation review, receiving a very favorable and complimentary site team report. No deficiencies or required actions were noted, and the University was extremely pleased with the report.
  • The new Frank G. Zarb School of Business building, a modern, state-of-the-art, 52,000-square-foot facility, opened this winter.
  • Planning is underway for a new Health Science and Innovation Center to provide additional space for the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science and our expanding nursing programs.
  • Despite the difficult enrollment climate, we recruited a first-year class that has the highest academic credentials in our history, which should yield retention benefits in the future.
  • The University entered into a long-term agreement with an international student recruiter and pathway provider, INTO, which is expected to provide, over time, an increase in our international student population.
  • Planning for new programs is underway, including an undergraduate nursing program and a graduate program in physical therapy.

Although the next several years will continue to present enrollment challenges, we are confident that the initiatives we have put in place – our INTO agreement, undergraduate nursing, graduate program in physical therapy, and expanding professional studies – will yield positive results over time and address these challenges.

Set forth below is a brief summary of the past year.

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018-2019

FUNDRAISING

Following the conclusion of a successful capital campaign raising over $230 million, Hofstra saw yet another strong fundraising year in 2018-2019. In total, more than $36 million was secured in new cash gifts and pledge payments, as well as $7 million in new pledges and commitments. The University’s annual Gala held on May 2, 2019, was the biggest single fundraising event completed at Hofstra, with more than $2.6 million raised for scholarship support. The Gala honored Robert D. Rosenthal ’74, chairman, CEO, and chief investment officer of First Long Island Investors, LLC. Rosenthal is vice chair of the Hofstra University Board of Trustees and has been a supporter of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law as well as the University, in general, for many years.

This past winter saw the opening of our state-of-the-art building for the Frank G. Zarb School of Business. The University honored the philanthropic generosity of Hofstra Trustee Leonard Shapiro and the Libby and Joseph Shapiro family by placing their name on the entranceway of the Business School Building – the first naming gift for the new building. In addition, thanks to the generosity of the family of Richard Phillip Cavallaro, Class of 2012, the University honored Richie Cavallaro’s memory by naming the WRHU studio as the Richard Phillip Cavallaro Studio.

In total, the University received three commitments at the seven-figure level and 12 new commitments at the six-figure level. The Office for Development and Alumni Affairs continues to connect alumni with the Hofstra campus, with fellow graduates, and with our students through local events, such as WRHU’s 60th Anniversary Dinner (attended by more than 400 alumni); through regional events (including a first-ever trip to Dallas, Texas); through career preparation activities (such as mock interviews, panel discussions, and résumé critiques); and through ASK (Hofstra’s online Alumni-Student Konnection). And planning is well underway for a new capital campaign.

ENROLLMENT

The University continues to face challenges presented by the Excelsior program (free tuition at New York state public colleges and universities for students with family incomes under $125,000) and non-New York public universities with similar programs or special scholarships; intense competition among private institutions of higher education for a smaller pool of high school graduates, particularly in the Northeast; and declining international student interest. Despite these challenges, the fall 2019 entering first-year class came in at 1,523 full-time equivalent students, slightly higher than the revised budget. The fall 2019 entering class is the most highly accomplished class in the University’s history. Quality as measured by GPA, the variable we find correlates most with success at Hofstra, was 3.67 (highest in our history), as compared to 3.64 in 2018. The percentage of students in the top 10% of their high school classes in schools that rank also saw significant growth at 32%, an increase over last year’s 28%. The entering first-year class has an overall average SAT of 1249 as compared to 1240 last year. The average ACT of the class this year reports 27.4, compared to 27.1. There were 275 first-year Honors College students, as compared to 249 last year.

This year’s class is also very diverse, with 42.68% of students self-reporting as non-white, compared to 41.29% last year. In the class, we have 54.76% reporting from New York state (slightly above last year’s 54.15%). While the percent of students from New York remained relatively constant, we experienced a larger percentage of first-year students living on campus this year, 67% as compared to 65% last year. Most market distributions remained consistent with last year, with some declines in California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois due to more aggressive competition from the state schools in these areas.

Our enrollment team has been working diligently over the last several years to increase interest and enrollment in more distant states where there is potential for growth based on high school demographic projections, and we continue to do so. Moving forward, we are reviewing and revising our leveraging model, with the assistance of a consultant, to redeploy funding in ways that will maximize enrollment and quality of the entering class.

The fall 2019 entering class of new graduate students came in below last year’s number. Much of the shortfall was attributable to international student declines, which most affected the Zarb School of Business and the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. The University will continue to improve the competitiveness of our graduate programs in this difficult market and will launch new programs with growth potential, such as physical therapy.

To address international student declines, the University entered into a long-term agreement with a for-profit pathway provider, INTO, under which recruited international students spend one to three semesters at Hofstra taking English classes and other credit-bearing courses, and, upon successful completion, matriculate into Hofstra graduate or undergraduate degree programs. The courses are taught by Hofstra faculty only, with strict adherence to established academic standards. We expect this partnership to bring in international students from a broad variety of countries, with increases in enrollment and additional housing revenue over time.

In addition, to address domestic enrollment challenges, the University is developing an undergraduate nursing program, which has been presented to the state for approval. There is a clear demand for nurses with baccalaureate degrees, and we believe that this program will bring in a brand-new pool of undergraduate applicants and increased enrollment.

RETENTION AND STUDENT SATISFACTION

Due to a number of initiatives implemented over the past years, and efforts by all members of the Hofstra community, the full-time first-year entering class of 2018 has reached a new retention record high, with 83% of the class returning to the University in fall 2019. This is significantly higher than the retention rate of 74% in 2001.

In addition, Hofstra has reached a new high in graduation rates. A record high of 60% of the class that entered in fall 2015 graduated in four years compared to 55% last year for the 2014 cohort, and compared to the 37% four-year graduation rate reported in 2001. With respect to six-year graduation rates, which is the standard used in most public reports and surveys, a record high of 65% of full-time first-year students who entered in fall 2013 graduated in six years, compared to 63% last year and 56% reported in 2001.

Assessment of student experiences at Hofstra shows that student satisfaction is again higher than the 10-year and 2004 baseline benchmarks on satisfaction measures, including overall satisfaction, likelihood to recommend Hofstra, and choosing to attend Hofstra again. Students rate the academic quality, campus atmosphere, quality of student life, on-campus activities, and overall value of Hofstra more highly than in the past. The majority of undergraduate students say they are learning about their major, learning to work independently, developing critical thinking skills, and achieving educational growth. Quality of academic major was the most highly rated item among undergraduates, with individualized faculty instruction, recreational sports/fitness facilities, academic reputation, and job prospects after graduation also rated highly.

ACADEMIC INITIATIVES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Provost’s Office
On January 1, 2019, Dr. Herman Berliner returned to his former position of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, a position he held from 1989 to 2015. In addition, effective September 1, 2019, Dr. Margaret Abraham, professor of sociology, joined the office as senior vice provost for academic affairs, and Dr. Elfreda Blue, professor of specialized programs in education, joined the office as vice provost for graduate and undergraduate studies.

Middle States Accreditation
Hofstra is justly proud of its 33 accreditations. One accreditation, above all others, verifies the overall quality of the institution. That accreditation is Middle States, a mandatory accreditation for all the colleges and universities in this area. In April, we had a visit by Middle States, which followed our submission of a comprehensive self-study, and the results were a very strong endorsement of what we do and how we do it. As noted in the official site evauation report presented to the University:

“Overall, Hofstra is providing an excellent education to its students. The University has worked nimbly through shared governance to examine areas where the student experience can be improved inside and outside the classroom. It has used the opening of new schools and programs as an opportunity to embrace new forms of experiential learning and to create innovative curricula and dynamic practice opportunities. There is strong evidence that regular assessment is now used to inform program development, strategic development, and budgeting. The culture at Hofstra now seems to equip the school to weather economic and enrollment challenges in the Northeast better than most peers – and to enable the University to continue to flourish in coming years."

Every area that was reviewed, which included academic and learning outcomes, financial, planning, and leadership, received a strong endorsement of our methods, outcomes, and mission. It is a testament to the excellence of our faculty, students, administration, and staff that our review had such a positive outcome. Following the site evaluation visit, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed Hofstra’s accreditation.

Other key academic area accomplishments and initiatives included:

Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science. The DeMatteis School now ranks 32nd out of 210 non-PhD-granting engineering schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The school also just received initial ABET accreditation of its BS in Computer Science and BS in Computer Engineering programs. The school saw a more than 39% increase in the number of degrees awarded over its previous high, which was recorded in 2017-2018. The DeMatteis School and the Zarb School secured a more than $1 million grant to construct a new Center for Cybersecurity. The schools are also set to offer two new MS programs in cybersecurity.

Maurice A. Deane School of Law. The Law School extended a now seven-year trend of improved employment outcomes, which ranks the Law School sixth in New York state and 45th nationally for “Gold Standard Job” Placement. And the admission credentials for the incoming class, both LSAT score and GPA, improved for the third consecutive year. The improvements in career outcomes and admission credentials resulted in Hofstra Law’s inclusion as a Top 100 Best Law School in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings, an improvement of 18 places over the past two years.

Students

School of Health Professions and Human Services. The School of Health Professions and Human Services added the Advanced Certificate in Gerontology: Healthy Aging to its significant array of offerings. In addition, the school’s occupational therapy, mental health counseling, and speech-language pathology graduate programs achieved 100% pass rates on their licensure/certification examinations. The school also opened a state-of-the-art Anatomy and Physiology Lab, complete with a virtual anatomy dissection table.

Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The HCLAS faculty have been very active in their scholarly pursuits. Among their accomplishments, they have published 11 books this academic year (all published by prestigious presses, such as Routledge and Indiana University Press), gave performances at venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, and exhibited their work at galleries around the United States and Europe. Work also continued on exciting HCLAS faculty grants, including Dr. J Bret Bennington and Lawrence Levy’s “Living and Learning With the Bay” (funded by the NY State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery). We have partnered with CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) to provide Hofstra student interns to tutor immigrants in English language as well as in studying for the U.S. citizenship exam. Given the importance of this learning experience, the student interns will be able to earn academic credit. The School of Education continues to produce among the best-prepared and qualified teachers in the state. Ninety-seven percent of this year’s School of Education graduates passed the edTPA, an extraordinarily high average pass rate.

Students in the field

In fall 2019, Hofstra University Honors College enrolled 275 first-year students with an average SAT score of almost 1400 and average GPA of 4.07. Seventy-three percent were in the top 10% of their high school class, with 50% coming from outside of New York state, and eight international students. In total, over 1,300 students are members of the HUHC community. In 2018-2019, HUHC partnered again with the Center for Civic Engagement to provide tutoring and mentoring for students at Hempstead High School and Barack Obama Elementary School.

Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. The school continues to excel both in nursing and in physician assistant studies. The nurse practitioner program graduated its second class. Since its inception in 2015, the school has graduated 73 nurse practitioners, seven registered nurse first assistants, and 20 sexual assault nurse examiners. The first two cohorts of nurse practitioners achieved first-time pass rates on the nursing boards significantly higher than the national average – at 93% in 2018 and 98% in 2019. The PA program results on the certifying exam have been well above the national average for the last five years, with a five-year first-time test taker average of 99%.

Hofstra Votes

The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. More than 200 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff participated in Hofstra Votes LIVE, the Herbert School’s first production of a live, multiplatform election night simulcast covering the local, regional, and national midterm election races on November 6, 2018. Spearheaded by Dean Mark Lukasiewicz, this ambitious project gave students from journalism, film, television, radio, political science, and public relations unparalleled experience in a real-world, high-pressure news gathering environment. The effort won a Folio Award from the Fair Media Council.

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. During the 2018-2019 academic year, the diverse student body and faculty experts of the Zucker School of Medicine shared their knowledge at a variety of academic and professional conferences hosted at the school. These included the sixth annual Northeast Emergency Medicine Interest Group Symposium and the first Spring Women in Medicine Conference. In addition to meetings and presentations, Zucker School faculty and students published nearly 2,100 unique articles, book chapters, textbooks, and abstracts in all areas of clinical and education research, including 120 journal articles with a high-impact factor of 10 or above. The school also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, designed to increase the diversity of the healthcare workforce. And needless to state, the credentials of the incoming class are outstanding in all respects. Students continue to excel with 100% matching in residencies with some of the best programs in the country.

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Business School Building. The Zarb School also celebrated the appointment of Dr. Janet Lenaghan as dean – the first woman to lead the school in its 50-year history. New programs in the school include an online MS in Finance, an MS in Global Business Foundations, an MS in Accounting Analytics, a certificate program in Advanced Business Leadership, and a revised MS in Market Research that combines market research and analytics. The school also earned AACSB five-year dual reaccreditation for both its business and accounting programs.

An initiative is underway to vastly increase Hofstra’s presence in the area of professional studies, providing enhanced 21st century skills to better meet the needs of the Long Island and New York City economies. New York businesses and their educational needs are changing, and we are finding new ways to deliver programs both online and in person for individual and corporate training. This initiative is headed by Vice President Larry Levy, who also continues to head The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®.

Grants (2018-2019)

  • The Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies, under the direction of Dean Kathleen Gallo, received a $2.7 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for a five-year project to support nursing education.
  • The Maurice A. Deane School of Law, under the direction of Anthony Serrano, executive director and senior attorney for the Hofstra Law/Northwell Medical Legal Partnership, received a $512,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and NYS Department of Health for a two-year project to support a medical-legal partnership with LIJ for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.
  • Professor Christa Farmer and a team consisting of Professors J Bret Bennington, Jase Bernhardt, Sandra Garren, and Antonios Marsellos received a $347,530 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a three-year project to support a summer research program to inspire students to pursue studies and degrees in the geosciences.
  • Professor Steve Raciti, in collaboration with The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, received a $240,000 grant from the Long Island Regional Planning Council for a one-year project to support water quality monitoring within the surface waters of Nassau County’s south shore.
  • Institutional grants for the new anatomy lab, for the ideaHUb, to upgrade classrooms in C.V. Starr Hall, and to renovate residence halls were also received.

Center for Entrepreneurship

The Center for Entrepreneurship has established itself as a multidisciplinary resource for the entire Hofstra community to create, innovate, and experience entrepreneurship. It has enhanced the entrepreneurial education of our students and supported the entrepreneurial efforts of our community. In the four years since its launch, the Center for Entrepreneurship:

  • Welcomed more than 12,000 visitors to the ideaHUb incubator.
  • Hosted over 1,110 mentor sessions with entrepreneurs-in-residence.
  • Received over 1,300 applications to competitions and programs.
  • Held 170 events on topics ranging from women in entrepreneurship, careers in biotech, and launching a business in health professions and human services, to computer science hackathons and pitch competitions.
  • Partnered with the Frank G. Zarb School of Business on Entrepreneurship 115, which is now a required course for all business students.
  • Coordinated the seventh iteration of the University’s entrepreneurship competition for students – the Hofstra-Digital Remedy Venture Challenge – with $75,000 in prizes, sponsored by Hofstra Trustee and alumnus Mike Seiman, CEO of Digital Remedy.

Through its various competitions and regional connections to opportunities for companies, entrepreneurs affiliated with the Center for Entrepreneurship have received over $330,000 in prizes to jumpstart their businesses since 2015. The Center for Entrepreneurship currently manages over $1.6 million in grant-funded programs from sources such as the U.S. Economic Development Agency, New York State Empire State Development, and JPMorgan Chase to support small business growth and the region’s innovation economy. Highlights from the past year include:

ideaHub Event

  • ideaHUb: The Center for Entrepreneurship’s home is the 4,811-square-foot ideaHUb incubator in the new School of Business Building, which serves as a collaborative workspace for students, mentors, and startup companies and was named a New York state-certified business incubator by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation. The ideaHUb is currently incubating six companies in sectors that include artificial intelligence in health care, cybersecurity, and e-commerce, and students engage in hands-on learning with these companies. The ideaHUb has a high-tech Maker Space for prototype development with 3D printers, virtual reality equipment, a laser cutter and milling machine, a drone, programming devices, and more.
  • Ascend Long Island: Hofstra University launched Ascend Long Island, which is a collaboration between the Center for Entrepreneurship and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University® and is funded by JPMorgan Chase. Eighteen diverse businesses that are contributing to the economic development of Hempstead Village, Freeport Village, Uniondale, and Roosevelt participated in an entrepreneurship training program based upon the “3M” model, which focuses on new management strategies, expansion to new markets, and access to capital.
  • Unispan Records. The University’s student-run record label recently signed its third artist and is in the process of recording music.

DIVERSITY INITIATIVES

In April 2019, the University appointed its first chief diversity and inclusion officer (CDIO), Cornell Craig, who joined the University after serving as assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at Pace University. In his new role, Craig will provide vision and leadership in promoting an institutional culture that values and supports diversity and inclusion on the Hofstra campus. He will also serve as the champion for the University’s overall diversity and inclusion agenda by developing and facilitating strategies, decision making, priority setting, and actions necessary to advance diversity and inclusion at all levels. Although the CDIO has been in place for only a short time, a number of diversity initiatives are already underway.

Diversity Training

Diversity training continued, with enhanced training for departments beginning across campus in summer 2019. Annual training and departmental workshops included in professional development are key to establishing and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment. A Diversity 101 series of available one-hour training sessions, for all members of the campus community, has been developed in collaboration with Human Resources. The initial training series, presented as individual sessions, includes Race 101, LGBTQ+ 101, Accessibility 101, and International Students 101.

Council on Diversity and Inclusion

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion was established by the CDIO to help review and assess diversity efforts, strategies, goals, and outreach per academic and non-academic campus unit/department. The council is composed of a cross-section of administrators and faculty, and will also include student representation. Once the initial assessment is complete, the council, through smaller working groups, will work with each unit to design a comprehensive and specific plan that addresses recruitment, retention, curriculum (if applicable), outreach/marketing, pipeline programs, and climate, along with a review of applicable policies and procedures.

Committee on Representation in Public Spaces

The Task Force on Representation in Public Spaces, after a year’s work, presented its report at the conclusion of the last academic year. In accordance with the report recommendations, President Rabinowitz appointed a Committee on Representation in Public Spaces to be co-chaired by Dr. Margaret Abraham, senior vice provost for academic affairs and Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Professor, and Cornell Craig, chief diversity and inclusion officer. The committee is composed of faculty and administrators, along with representation from alumni, and the graduate and undergraduate student populations. This committee is tasked to implement report initiatives, beginning with:

  • Developing and making accessible contextual information to accompany specified works of art.
  • Creating a new speaker series: The Past Is Always Present.
  • Planning deliberative dialogue training on student-centered issues.
  • Exploring the possibility of a new sculpture to increase diversity among the existing sculptures.

Student Affairs Initiatives

Efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion at Hofstra were a major focus for the year in Student Affairs. For instance, the Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion (IEI) staff hosted over 165 Hofstra community members at our first campuswide Juneteenth Celebration Cookout in summer 2019. In addition, IEI trained over 100 faculty, staff, administrators, and students with its new LGBTQ+ Inclusive Q-mmunity training, and sponsored the second Unity Community Art Project. A facilities enhancement that also promotes inclusion is the Fitness Center’s new ADA and gender-inclusive locker room on its second floor.

Faculty Diversity Awards

For 2018-2019, the recipients were:

Faculty Diversity Research and Curriculum Development Grants

Amy Catalano, EdD
Department of Teaching, Learning and Technology Programs
School of Education
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Improving Science Self-Efficacy and Transfer of Engineering Design Knowledge for Girls in High Needs Districts: The Impact of a Girls-Only Summer STEM Program

Martine Hackett, PhD
Department of Health Professions
School of Health Professions and Human Services
Birth Justice Warriors: A Pilot Demonstration Project to Advance Birth Equity in Nassau County

LGBTQ+ Research Initiative Award

Aashish Kumar, MS, MFA, MA
Department of Radio, Television, Film
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Body, Home, World: Queer South Asian Journeys

INCREASING RECOGNITION

University Relations is moving to more advanced digital marketing techniques, including content marketing, video, and native advertising, to promote the advantages of various degrees and increase our reach. The University is partnering with all constituencies and working with a nationally known branding firm to redevelop Hofstra’s external website. The media relations team has been working with faculty to improve our national expert placements, including new digital means of promotion and intensive media training.

Hofstra recently launched its Hofstra Votes podcast, interviewing faculty experts, students, and guest speakers on topics pertaining to the political process. The podcast is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher. It is part of the Hofstra Votes initiative, which registers members of the Hofstra community to vote and educates them on ways to be civically engaged – how to cast an absentee ballot, run for office, and understand the issues of the day.

Through the Hofstra Cultural Center and various departments and academic units, Hofstra University is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to North America and the ongoing experience of African Americans with a series of programming titled The Legacy 1619-2019. Events include historical reenactments, lectures, poetry readings, and panel discussions on a range of subjects that reflect the journey of African Americans over four centuries and the hopes of a people, past and present.

In the past year, the Cultural Center also worked on:

  • Apollo 11 50th anniversary event series (with Associate Professor Rodney Hill and Professor J Bret Bennington) and conference
  • Long Island Hurricanes on the 80th Anniversary of the 1938 Storm (Assistant Professor Jase Bernhardt)
  • 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Professor Linda Longmire)
  • New Netherlands, New Amsterdam conference in partnership with the University of Amsterdam (Professor Neil Donahue)
  • Artistic Expression and the Great War: 100 Years On (Professor Sally Charnow)
  • New Directions in Sports Scholarship, Journalism, and Activism (Associate Professor Brenda Elsey, with Columbia University)
  • Hofstra’s hosting of the Phi Kappa Delta Tournament and Convention (Associate Professor Tomeka Robinson)
  • 44th UALE-Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Worker Organizations (Professor Mary Anne Trasciatti)

The University’s rankings continue to improve. We remain among the nation’s best colleges, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report National University (including a Best Value College); a Princeton Review Best College; a Fiske Guide listing; and in the top 30% of U.S. colleges by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education for the World University Rankings. According to the 2018-2019 PayScale College Salary Report, we are among the top 6% of colleges and universities nationwide for mid-career salary for alumni with only a bachelor’s degree; top 8% of colleges and universities nationwide for mid-career salary of all undergraduate alumni; top 9% of private colleges and universities nationwide for mid-career salary of graduates with a bachelor’s degree; and top 13% nationwide for return on investment.

The School of Education and Frank G. Zarb School of Business have some of the best online programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings. Hofstra’s online graduate education programs were ranked #69 out of 299, according to the magazine’s Best Online Education Programs rankings – up seven spots compared to 2018.

Hofstra’s online MBA program came in at #58 out of 285 in a recent U.S. News listing. The program also was recently ranked #16 by The Princeton Review and #9 by Poets & Quants, a leading news site covering business schools and business education. CEO Magazine ranked the Zarb School highly as well, as a “Tier One” Top Global Online MBA Program, and #39 in the list of Top Global Online MBA Programs

At The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University, continued its multiyear streak as a top 10 college radio station (#7 college radio station in the nation by The Princeton Review) and ranked #1 college radio station in the nation by 2019’s BestColleges.com. WRHU also won its third National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award as the 2019 College Radio Station of the Year. WRHU won the prestigious prize, previously known as the Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year, in 2014 and 2017.

Hofstra University was one of 57 schools in New York state to be named a 2019-2020 Military-Friendly School by VIQTORY, an organization that provides educational and career resources to the military community.

Congratulations to the following faculty on their recent publications, awards, and leadership appointments.

Faculty Publications

Chandler Carter, Professor of Music
Editor, The Last Opera: The Rake’s Progress in the Life of Stravinsky and Sung Drama.
Indiana University Press, 2019.

Robert Costello, Adjunct Professor of Sociology
New York’s Criminal Justice System.
Carolina Academic Press, 2019.

Keith Dallas, Adjunct Professor of English

  • American Comic Book Chronicles: 1940-1944. Two Morrows Publishing, 2019.
  • Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary: Extreme Ghostbusters. IDW Publishing, 2019.

Aniruddha Deshpande, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences; Director of The Hear-Ring Lab
Adult Audiology Casebook, Second Edition (with R. Tyler and S.B. Deshpande).
Thieme Medical Publishers, 2019

Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Associate Professor of Counseling and Mental Health Profession
Art and Expressive Therapies Within a Medical Model: Clinical Application (with M. Gaydos).
Routledge, 2018.

Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of History; Co-Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America (with J. Nadel).
University of Texas Press, 2019.

Kristen M. Hartnett-McCann, Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology
Co-Editor, Forensic Anthropology and the U.S. Judicial System: Forensic Science in Focus Series (with L.C. Fulginiti and A. Galloway).
Wiley: Chichester, West Sussex, 2019.

Barbara Jaffe, Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
Dark Sun.
Wild Crow Editions, 2019.

Vincente Lledó-Guillem, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
La Formación de la Identidad Lingüística Catalana (Siglos XIII-XVIII). Marcial Pons, Ediciones de Historia, 2019.

Kathleen Wallace, Professor of Philosophy
The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity. Routledge, 2019.

Miguel-Angel Zapata, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature

  • Degollado Resplandor (Beheaded Splendor). The Poetry of Blanca Varela (1949-2000). Santiago, Chile: Editorial Universitaria/Fundación Vicente Huidobro, 2019.
  • Con Dylan Thomas volando por Manhattan (With Dylan Thomas Flying Through Manhattan). Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires Poetry, 2019.

Faculty & Student

Faculty Awards and Leadership Appointment

J Bret Bennington, Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
Neil Miner Award, National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Meena Bose, Executive Dean, Programs in Public Policy and Public Service, Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs; Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency; Professor of Political Science; and Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies

  • Lifetime membership, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Elected Secretary-Treasurer, Presidents and Executive Politics Section, American Political Science Association

Paul Chaleff, Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
Installation, Intention, Changwon (Korea) Sculpture Biennale

Sally Charnow, Professor of History
Elected Co-President, Society for French Historical Studies

Caroline Copeland, Adjunct Professor of Dance

  • Choreographed and performed Dreams and Monsters: The Theatrical Orchestra of Jean Philippe Rameau, Boston Early Music Festival
  • Featured performance, Prelude, short dance film produced by The New York Baroque Dance Company

Daniel Devine, Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
Exhibition – Impact, Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY

Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, Associate Professor of Counseling and Mental Health Professions
Elected, Art Therapy Credentials Board

Brenda Elsey, Associate Professor of History; Co-Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Fare Network Development Lead, FIFA Football Confederation in North and Central America and the Caribbean, and in South America
She will design programs, identify issues of discrimination, and provide research and analytical support to further the efforts of the Fare network. The Fare network is an umbrella organization that brings together individuals, informal groups, and organizations driven to combat inequality in football and use the sport as a means for social change.

Carlos Fittante, Adjunct Professor of Dance
Choreographed and performed solos, Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain, Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera

David Fryling, Professor of Music; Director of Choral Studies
Elected National President, American Choral Directors Association

Adam M. Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Health Professions
Appointed, New Jersey Advisory Board, National Strength and Conditioning Association

Dyane Harvey-Salaam, Adjunct Professor of Dance

  • Nominated, Bessie Award (NY Dance and Performance Award) for performing “Hex” at Ailey Citigroup Theater
  • Installation performance (with Hofstra University alum Makeda Thomas), Delaware Art Museum: “The Light Fantastical"

Aashish Kumar, Associate Professor of Radio, Television, Film
Fulbright Specialist, Mass Communication Research Center, A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, India

Amy Marshall, Adjunct Professor of Dance
Choreographed “One Breath” for the Amy Marshall Dance Company, performed at multiple locations, including Long Island University, Brooklyn; Queensboro Dance Festival; and Dancers for Good Concert, East Hampton

Dennis Mazzocco, Professor of Radio, Television, Film

  • Appointed, Network Negotiations Committee, Directors Guild of America
  • Elected Second Alternate Board Member, National Board, Directors Guild of America

Mario Naves, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History
Exhibition – Oasis (mural), Lobby, Citigroup Center, New York City

Stanislao Pugliese, Professor of History and Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian-American Studies
Fulbright Scholar, University of Calabria, Italy

Susannah Ray, Adjunct Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Design, Art History

  • The Works on Water/Underwater New York Residency House, Governors Island
  • Right Coast, Lipani Gallery, Fordham University

Benjamin Rifkin, Dean, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Comparative Literature, Languages, and Linguistics
Senior Language Education Fellow, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and Middlebury College Language Schools

Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Professor of Global Studies and Geography
Edward L. Ullman Award, Transportation Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers

Michael Salzman, Adjunct Associate Professor of Music
Elected President, New York State School Music Association

Anthony Santella, Associate Professor of Public Health
World AIDS Day Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award, New York State Department of Health

Alan Singer, Professor of Education

  • Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and Black History Month Celebration Honoree, Town of North Hempstead
  • Historian/Narrator – Documentary Film Defining Moments: The Civil Rights Movement in North Hempstead

Mary Anne Trasciatti, Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric
Honoree, Women of Distinction, Long Beach City Council

Kathleen Wallace, Professor of Philosophy
Elected Board Member, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

Other Awards and Recognition

CARECEN, a Long Island-based organization that provides high-quality legal assistance to immigrant communities, honored Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz for his leadership in creating and supporting the Maurice A. Deane School of Law’s legal clinic program.

Hofstra University’s Dance Program has been named one of the top 30 in the nation for 2019-2020, according to OnStageBlog.com.

Nicholas Mercado, director of the graduate program in health informatics in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, is among the first in the country to earn healthcare ethics consultant certification (HEC-C).

This spring, Hofstra chemistry students presented research at national and regional conferences and medaled at an academic competition. Students studying chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic science traveled with Professors Ronald D’Amelia and Nanette Wachter-Jurcsak to the 257th meeting of the National American Chemical Society in Orlando, Florida. Students who presented research included Madeline Currie ’20, Nicole Homburger ’19, Mathusa Lakuleswaran ’20, Joseph Mancuso ’22, Morgan Morrill ’19, Hardler Servius ’20, Sunaldeep Singh ’20, and Haley Tarbox ’19.

WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University, won its third National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award as the 2019 College Radio Station of the Year. WRHU won the prestigious prize – previously known as the Non-Commercial Radio Station of the Year – in 2014 and 2017.

WRHU Winners

Student journalists from The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication won 15 awards, including five first place finishes in both professional and collegiate categories, at the Press Club of Long Island’s (PCLI) annual media awards dinner on June 6, 2019. Faculty and several alumni, now working at leading media outlets throughout the region, were also honored for their work in print, radio, video, and multimedia.

Four students (Jordan Laird ’19, Jennifer Goldstein ’20, Emily Sauchelli ’19, and Emma Butz ’20) won national Gracie Awards for excellence in news programming for their work on campus radio station WRHU-88.7 FM, part of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. The prestigious honor, given annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes work by, for, or about women in television, radio, and online media on the national, local, public, and student levels.

Members of the Hofstra University community were honored for excellence in news reporting and social media by the Fair Media Council at its annual Folio Awards ceremony in Garden City, New York, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Ed Ingles, who recently retired as professional-in-residence at WRHU-88.7 FM, Radio Hofstra University, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a news and sports broadcaster in New York City radio for 40 years. WRHU student reporters Danielle Zulkosky and Jennifer Goldstein won in the Arts and Culture (Radio) category for their piece “Free Players Drum and Bugle Corps,” and the award for Best Overall Social Media Campaign went to the Office of University Relations, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Student Government Association for their collaborative Hofstra Votes civic engagement initiative.

Three computer science students scored in the top 15% of cybersecurity teams worldwide competing at Defcon Quals – the oldest Capture the Flag (CTF) competition for cybersecurity professionals. George Osterweil ’20, Kelly Rose ’20, and James Cavanaugh ’20 placed 151 out of 1,262 teams.

Computer science major Kelly Rose ’20 took second place in the Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Student Poster competition at the 2019 WiCyS Conference in Pittsburgh. In her research “Hacking Biomedical Devices,” Rose investigated how to mitigate the threat of hacking on biomedical devices such as pacemakers, insulin pumps, and bedside monitors, and outlined ways to establish better security testing regulations.

An electrical engineering professor and a student received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Long Island Systems, Applications and Technology (LISAT) Conference’s Best Systems Track Paper Award for research investigating solutions to increase the capacity of wireless networks. The award was presented at the IEEE LISAT Conference in fall 2019 at Farmingdale State College. Professor Wing Kwong, PhD, and Roy Salmanovich ’20 wrote “On the Design of Synchronous-Symmetric Channel-Hopping Sequences for Cognitive Radio Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.” The paper will be published as part of the LISAT Conference’s proceedings in the IEEE Digital Library, Xplore.

The Hofstra University Museum of Art was a finalist for a Long Island Imagine Award, an honor that recognizes the region’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. Hofstra University Museum of Art was one of four nominees in the Arts & Culture category for its Art Travelers Through Time program.

Five students with outstanding academic records and keen interest in American politics participated in the January seminar at The Washington Center examining the political and media landscapes following the 2018 midterm elections. The Washington Center is a nonprofit organization that has hosted seminars and other courses about American politics and governance for more than 30 years. This is the seventh year that Hofstra has sent students to The Washington Center January seminar, supported by scholarships provided by Scott Rechler, CEO and chairman of RXR Realty LLC. The five participating students were Julian Donahue ’19, Beck Galbraith ’19, Imani Hinson ’20, Talia Kowalski ’20, and Ian Weimer ’19.

Faculty, students, and alumni were among the 2019 honorees at the Fourth Annual Innovator of the Year Awards presented by Innovate Long Island. The breakfast, held on March 26 at Crest Hollow Country Club, honored two dozen of Long Island’s most distinguished researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and executives. Hofstra honorees were Unispan Records (Hofstra’s student-run record label), recipient of a Young Innovator Award; Assistant Professor of Biology Javier Izquierdo, recipient of a Clean Gen Award; and alumnus Mitch Maiman ’75, recipient of the breakfast’s top honor, the Master of Innovation Award.

STUDENT AFFAIRS

In January, Hofstra’s Division of Student Affairs welcomed Gabrielle St. Léger, EdD, as dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs. A native of Uniondale, St. Léger was most recently the senior student affairs officer at NYIT and formerly at Ohio State University and West Virginia University. The Center for University Advising’s new online resource Pathway to Pride, a tool providing students with support, information, and guidance throughout their transition to Hofstra, was used by 685 incoming students. Other innovative efforts include Hofstra’s comprehensive programming for first-generation college students, for which Hofstra was recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) as a First-Forward Institution.

The online Student Success Connect system continues to successfully facilitate initiatives that enhance student success and retention. One example is outreach to students who have received “at risk” midsemester advisories and are prompted to meet with the Center for Academic Excellences (CAE). This message is followed by other outreach and support. Other initiatives include outreach and academic plan development for students who are on academic probation, are at risk academically, or are on the verge of losing an academic scholarship – inviting them to meet with CAE advisors, engage tutors, and use the Writing Center and other resources.

Hofstra’s Peer Alliance program connects students through mentorship and cocurricular learning. Student Affairs offers six different peer mentoring tracks: Global (international), PRISM (LGBTQ+), Commuter, Transfer, Access (disability), and Diversity. In addition to the individual time that mentors and mentees spend together, the program holds monthly social/educational programs that are attended by the 400+ mentees, where they develop time management skills, problem-solving techniques, teamwork, healthy and effective communication, and resourcefulness, and learn more about Hofstra and its many resources. Mentors gain peer education and facilitation skills, as well as the opportunity to make presentations and participate in workshops.

Career Closet

The Office of Commuting Student Services and Community Outreach increased engagement in its monthly community service programs, with over 196 students who volunteered with local nonprofit organizations. Following the devastation in the Bahamas from Hurricane Dorian, Hofstra students and Student Affairs worked with the Consulate General of the Bahamas to collect needed items for victims. The Career Center hosted the first Career Closet event on Long Island, providing free professional attire to 342 students from across campus. Parent and Family Programs welcomed 3,302 parents and family members to on-campus events, including Family Orientation; Family Weekend; Commencement Cruise; and Tea, Tulips & Trees. In addition, Hofstra Siblings Day brought to campus a record number of 173 Hofstra siblings.

Several programs received awards this year. For example, the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement was honored with the Educational Programs Excellence Award from the Long Island Council of Student Personnel Administrators (LICSPA) for its new member education program, Emerging Greek Leaders.

Also, the new Professional Fraternity Council, representing the six preprofessional fraternities on campus, received the Amy Vojta Impact Award in the category of Membership Recruitment and Intake from the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) in recognition of its new member outreach efforts. The Career Center hosted 136 students for its Escape the (Haunted) Career Center program, which taught participants about career competencies and the job search. The program was recognized both locally and nationally with the NACE Members’ Choice Award, EACE Innovation in Program Development Award, and MNYCCPOA Alva Cooper Award for Creative Programs.

Efforts to promote student safety, wellness, and success are central to Student Affairs work. The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHACC) earned a coveted 10-year APA accreditation for its doctoral psychology internship program, enhancing the counseling offerings for students. In addition, the new SHACC Advisory Board – composed of undergraduate students, graduate students, medical students, administrators, and faculty – saw its first successful year of open dialogue and feedback.

Over 1,200 first-year students were trained and surveyed on Bystander Intervention, after which 95.84% reported they were likely to step up to be a positive bystander for another member of the Pride, an 18% increase in one year. Much of this training occurred during the summer at New Student Orientation, which welcomed 1,482 new students and prepared them to join the Pride during Welcome Week.

Parent and Family Programs successfully launched Family eSpace, an online engagement portal for Hofstra families, in collaboration with Hofstra’s IT Department. Parents can view orientation and Parent Council information, opt into the Regional Family Directory, and complete electronic forms in Family eSpace.

ENHANCED CAMPUS FACILITIES

We are committed to enhancing and modernizing our campus through important investments in our physical facilities. In January 2019, the University opened the Business School Building. This new building has a bridge connection to C.V. Starr Hall and provides a fully integrated home for the Zarb School of Business. The building is home to business school faculty, administration, and Graduate Business Career Relations. In addition, the new building provides student collaborative space, small group study rooms, and our new Center for Entrepreneurship.

Over this summer, a major building renovation took place within C.V. Starr Hall. Upgrades to a number of large lecture halls and smaller classrooms took place, including the addition of new classroom technology (i.e., advanced lecture capture). The University added a new Cybersecurity Innovation and Research Center on the first floor, which will open for spring semester classes. In addition, student lounge areas, restrooms, elevators, and various infrastructure improvements were completed throughout C.V. Starr.

Pride Pavillion

At the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, a major renovation to the dining area took place, including construction of a new full-service Starbucks Store. An outdoor gathering space for students called Pride Park was created on the east side of the Student Center, and includes a covered pavilion, newly landscaped walkways, and an outdoor dining area. The University completed a multiyear capital project to accommodate the full relocation of the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program from Monroe Lecture Center to Gallon Wing. The project includes new PA faculty offices, classrooms, practice exam rooms, and administrative offices on the first and second floors of Gallon Wing.

We continue to renovate our academic buildings to meet the high expectations of our students. Over the past few years, campus academic buildings such as Hagedorn Hall, Axinn Library, Deane School of Law, and The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication have undergone various renovations.

This summer the University completed its five-year, $25 million capital improvement project to renovate and enhance our Netherlands and Colonial Square residential townhouses. The townhouse improvements include upgraded common lounges, new kitchen appliances, fully renovated bathrooms, new suite and lounge furniture, and energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the building.

The University plans to transform Weller Hall into a new facility that will accommodate INTO – our new international student partner – and provide a new central location for our Career Center. Construction work will commence this fall and be complete in time for the start of the fall 2020 semester.

The University completed a comprehensive environmental study and obtained site plan approval for a new Health Science and Innovation Center. This proposed building will be located on our east campus, immediately adjacent to the Business School Building. Design plans for the new building are underway, and construction will commence later next year.

Hofstra continues its efforts to enhance our sustainability initiatives on campus and in our community. In 2014, the University built its first LEED-certified building with the new School of Medicine building. This past year, we were successful in completing a second LEED-certified building with the construction of the Business School Building. Over the past three years, we increased our total campus power purchases generated from clean, renewable, off-site energy sources from 10% to 50%.

HOFSTRA ATHLETICS

The 2018-2019 academic year was another outstanding year for the Hofstra Athletics program. Hofstra’s student-athletes turned in stellar efforts in the classroom, in the community, and in competition. This past summer, Hofstra and Nike Inc. joined forces as we jointly announced that Nike would become the official apparel supplier for all of Hofstra’s 21 athletic programs. This agreement covers all Pride teams and their uniforms, footwear, apparel, and equipment. It is the first-ever head-to-toe partnership for Hofstra Athletics.

Academically, 2018-2019 was a record-setting year for the Pride, with student-athletes compiling a 3.33 grade point average for the entire year. Fifteen Hofstra programs achieved at least a 3.00 GPA for the year, which tied a department record. In addition, a record 124 student-athletes earned Provost’s or Dean’s List accolades during the year. Individually, Monique Iannella of the women’s soccer team earned Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors to become the 25th Academic All-American in school history. Three other student-athletes garnered Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for their academic and athletic achievements, while many others earned recognition from the coaches associations of their respective sports.

Hofstra Athletics also set records for its commitment to serving others. Hofstra’s 21 athletic teams and 302 student-athletes took part in 59 community service projects and activities, totaling a record 3,270 hours of service.

Women's Soccer

On the field, the women’s soccer and volleyball teams won Colonial Athletic Association titles in 2018 to advance to the NCAA Tournament, while men’s basketball claimed the CAA regular season crown and played in the National Invitation Tournament. The men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams also enjoyed outstanding seasons and advanced to the finals of their respective CAA Championship Tournaments. In the NCAA tournament, the women’s soccer team defeated nationally ranked Boston College in the first round.

Individually, Alex Masai became Hofstra’s first men’s cross country champion as he won the CAA title and would later qualify for the NCAA East Regional in outdoor track. Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American Justin Wright-Foreman left an indelible mark on the men’s basketball program with an array of highlights that helped him earn a second consecutive CAA Player of the Year Award before being drafted in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Alyssa Parrella of the women’s lacrosse team set numerous program records this past season and was CAA Player of the Year and a third team All-American. In all, 12 Hofstra student-athletes earned top honors from the CAA while Volleyball Coach Emily Mansur and Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich were named CAA Coach of the Year in their respective sports.

The baseball program saw a pair of MLB Draft selections – Parker Quinn (Washington Nationals) and Vito Friscia (Philadelphia Phillies) – for the second consecutive year.

The department saw unprecedented success in other areas as well. There were three sellouts at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex for men’s basketball games, and the incredible atmosphere in the Mack Sports Complex saw a 38% increase in ticket sales. The corporate sponsorship program increased by 172%, and the Hofstra Athletics Pride Club saw annual giving participation increase by 25% and dollars raised increase by 30%.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

After 17 years of distinguished service to the University, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Robert Juckiewicz retired in December 2018. Shortly thereafter, following a national search, Steve Fabiani was appointed by President Rabinowitz as vice president for digital innovation and technology/CIO. Vice President Fabiani came to Hofstra after serving as vice president and chief information officer at Colgate University.

With the change in leadership, the division has solicited feedback from a broad range of campus constituents. The new CIO and members of the senior IT team have met with administrators, student leaders, deans, department chairs, the Academic Computing Committee of faculty governance, and individual faculty members to gather feedback on strengths and areas for improvement. This feedback has provided substantial insights into long-term planning efforts and highlighted several opportunities to improve the ways in which IT provides service to the Hofstra community.

IT has worked closely with colleagues in several administrative divisions, including Admission and Financial Aid and Development and Alumni Relations, to plan and begin implementation of substantial upgrades to their major systems. IT has also completed substantial upgrades to the existing Banner Financial and Student systems, implementing updates necessary to support Banner’s latest versions. This work is expected to continue through the end of 2019.

As the University deepens its support for Hofstra online programs, IT has dedicated additional staffing and resources to online course development. The process of hiring additional instructional design staff is underway so that we will be better equipped to provide superior quality course design and comprehensive support to faculty teaching online courses.

Over the summer, IT staff updated more than 50 classrooms campuswide, in addition to working in partnership with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law on improvements to a high-profile lecture hall and working with the Zarb School of Business and DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science to support interdisciplinary cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate programs.

Finally, our teams have restarted a 2018 initiative to implement multi-factor authentication for all members of the Hofstra community. Multi-factor authentication is now used to protect against off-campus access to our critical systems. The necessary upgrades have been completed to enable us to bring this approach to our remaining systems such as the Hofstra portal and BlackBoard, and communication plans for a fall/winter rollout to the campus are being developed.

ENHANCED FINANCIAL CONDITION

The University has finished the 2018-2019 year with positive budget results, providing funding for capital improvements and future operations. Hofstra continues to enjoy an A rating from Standard & Poor’s and an A2 rating from Moody’s.

As of August 31, 2019, long-term investments, which include endowment and other long-term investments made in connection with postretirement benefits, were valued at $662.1 million, an increase of approximately $23.6 million or 3.7 % and an increase of $561.6 million, or 559%, since 2002. In 2019, the growth reflects new gifts and investment returns of 3.8%.

Since 2002, the University has invested $395 million in capital enhancements, without leveraging the University’s future. Long-term debt has increased modestly during the same period by $63.7 million.

CONCLUSION

This remains a challenging time for private institutions of higher learning. Competition for students, particularly among private institutions of higher education, has been intense and will likely become more so as more New York students move to public institutions through the Excelsior free tuition program, leaving fewer students in the pool for private institutions. In our incoming first-year class, we enrolled fewer students than last year but with higher GPAs and average test scores, which we expect to yield higher retention and persistence to degree. In addition, the decline in international graduate students nationwide negatively affected Hofstra’s international student enrollment.

Moving forward, we will continue to implement new recruitment initiatives and work to redeploy scholarship dollars to recruit the best possible class at the desired enrollment number. We expect that entering into a pathway program agreement will allow us to increase international student enrollment over time, helping to enhance net tuition revenue and create a more diverse, global community.

With the foresight of the Board of Trustees, we continue to invest in the sciences, technology, and health care, which are growth areas that provide expanding career opportunities, and continue to be attractive disciplines to our students. And we are now building an undergraduate nursing program, an area with high demand, which will complement our current offerings in nursing practice, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, and the Zucker School of Medicine and will provide a new pool of undergraduate applicants and enrollees. We are also working on a physical therapy graduate program. We offer diverse programs through our schools of engineering, business, law, and medicine (and are one of only three schools in the metropolitan area to do so), plus so much more. We have a beautiful campus and we continue to renovate and maintain our existing buildings and add new buildings when necessary. We have an enviable location close to New York City and a national and international student body with a large percentage of the first-year class from outside of New York. This geographic diversity differentiates us from many of our local competitors and will help us as the number of high school graduates in New York and the Northeast continues to decline over this decade. While not minimizing the challenges ahead, we are confident that we will be able to move forward successfully as we continue to increase fundraising, enhance recruitment and retention, and introduce new programs.