Our TEACH values—Teamwork, Energy, Accountability, Community and Heart—shape how we work together to fulfill our promise to our students, our members and each other.
Adtalem’s voluntary Student Commitments build upon our strong foundation of existing practices to benefit, inform and support students at all of our Title IV institutions. Because we are committed to continuous improvement and accountability, we review and refresh our Commitments annually, and an independent third party measures our results for a public report.
Details about Student Commitments can be found here.
As part of the Student Commitments, Adtalem is dedicated to the responsible marketing of its products and services, as well as transparency and accuracy in all of its advertising messages and promotional communications. All content developed for use in the United States is governed by the Adtalem Marketing Communications Policy.
Our diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) journey has evolved to include programmatic and organic elements to foster inclusion throughout our businesses. To continue building on conversations and put our commitment to DE&I into action, we introduced the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and access) Learning Series in 2021 to maintain awareness and build skills in a variety of areas. Adtalem EDGE, which stands for Empowerment, Diversity, Growth and Excellence, is our active employee resource group that seeks to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion and accelerate the advancement of women. Across Adtalem, 23 global chapters host a variety of activities throughout the year, ranging from networking events to honest and open discussions about social justice issues. Further details about Diversity at Adtalem can be found here.
Adtalem joined the HBCU Challenge of the Congressional Black Caucus in 2019, becoming the first educational partner to take the challenge. Our healthcare institutions partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to provide a prescriptive path to healthcare training for their graduates. It is expected that these partnerships will increase opportunities for aspiring students, while helping to improve the participation of healthcare professionals of color. In fiscal year 2021, 86.1% of the total student population of our four degree-conferring institutions identified as female and 45.4% identified as a minority. See our Sustainability Report for further details.
Engagement is a part of our listening culture, which thrives on communication and collaboration. We want to understand what is working well and where we have opportunities for improvement. Through semiannual engagement surveys, we’re able to solicit feedback that helps us measure and track our progress. The engagement survey results are included in a semiannual talent management scorecard for each business and major corporate function, which include metrics tied to scores in our focus areas and metrics on diverse representation. Each functional leader reviews and discusses these outcomes regularly with the CEO. Select results from our recent engagement survey can be found here.
To help potential students make more informed decisions about their education options, the U.S. Department of Education has set forth disclosure guidelines. Adtalem’s Title IV institutions are proud to be an industry leader in this effort and are committed to providing transparency for our applicants on the key outcomes for our students, including graduate rates and earnings. See our Sustainability Report for key student performance indicators we use to measure program competitiveness.
Established in 2000, the Empower Scholarship Fund strives to help keep education within reach by providing financial support to qualifying current students. The selection criteria prioritizes applicants with the greatest need and who have established a successful academic record. In fiscal year 2021, 111 of these scholarships, totaling $290,500, were awarded. In addition, each of our degree-conferring institutions offer a variety of scholarships. While application criteria vary, the goal of each is to expand access to educational opportunities for qualifying students.
Adtalem invests in our team. Professional training courses are available through multiple online resources. A tuition assistance program is also offered to colleagues to aid in their further educational development. Learn more about the ways we support colleague development here.
In addition to valuing our diverse colleague, member and student base, our Supplier Diversity Policy recognizes the benefit of creating an equal opportunity for all suppliers and our commitment to diversity and nondiscrimination in our business operations. We have multi-year goals in place for total spending with diverse suppliers and are actively tracking those expenditures. Our supplier policies can be viewed here.