An education for the 21st century

Acadia’s approach of educating the whole person has never been more relevant than it is in today’s rapidly changing society, where an increasingly complex combination of skills, knowledge and capabilities are required in order to succeed and thrive.

Critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, self-motivation, resilience, determination, numeracy, literacy, and the ability to work both individually and in teams are essential components of the character that an Acadia education builds.

In today’s transforming world, managing change, experiential learning, digital and technological competencies, international experiences, engagement with truth and reconciliation, and active learning prepare students for the world of work and the global society of the 21st century.

At Acadia, students learn how to live and thrive in community.

Strategic directions that embrace change

The world is changing at a never-before-seen pace and we cannot predict what challenges lie ahead. One thing is certain, Acadia will continue to deliver the kind of educational experience that will care and prepare our students for the world.

Acadia 2025 provides a strategic framework designed to guide decision-making, priority-setting, and, finally, resource allocation.

The plan’s five overarching Strategic Directions are of equal and interchangeable value, each with supporting goals, objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs).


Caring for our students
and employees 

Enriching the Acadia learning and working experience


Revitalizing our
academic core 

Compelling and impactful programs, experiential learning, and inspired teaching to prepare graduates for 21st century careers


our impact 

Engaged research, innovation, and collaborative initiatives for community cultural and economic development


Sustaining our
institutional future 

Optimizing enrolment, fundraising and campus infrastructure renewal


Caring for
the planet 

Leading, educating, and researching in environmental stewardship, climate change and sustainability


A blueprint
for tomorrow 

By working together toward our common goals, we will rise to the challenges ahead and thrive

The future is ours to create

In 2025, Acadia will be a university that is clearly differentiated within the Canadian post-secondary landscape.

Our faculty will be known as leading researchers in their disciplines and the value to students, alumni, and potential employers of its liberal education model will be widely recognized. We will be an acknowledged leader in reducing its environmental footprint and will be known as a leader in teaching all students how to be stewards of our environment.

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Acadia University is proudly located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.