Student success highlights

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Student success is a high priority at Northern Arizona University.

  • The university was recognized as one of six highly-influential universities in American Indian and Alaska Native education in a recent study published by Hollie J. Mackey, assistant professor of education at the University of Oklahoma, and Linda Sue Warner, special assistant to the president on tribal affairs at Northeastern A&M College. 
  •  All seven winners of the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Principal award are Northern Arizona University alumni. The award recognizes outstanding principals in Arizona's high-need schools. Additionally, six of the 12 winners of the 2013 Rodel Exemplary Teachers award are Northern Arizona University alumni. 
  • A 2012 report by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked Northern Arizona University 11th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Native American students, and 54th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Hispanic students.
  • In 2012, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education ranked Northern Arizona University 53rd in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, and 23rd in the nation in awarding master's degrees.
  • Evan Bucklin, a graduate student in the applied physics program, won the award for Best Poster at the International Optical Society of America Network of Students (IONS13) meeting in Zurich, Switzerland for his presentation "Holographic interferometry of semiconductor flaws."
  • Alumnus James Ward Byrkit, who graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film for Rango at the 84th Annual Academy Awards. He was a member of the film's creative team.
  • According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, graduating seniors rank Northern Arizona University higher than its Carnegie peer institutions in several areas that focus on student success, including student-faculty interaction, academic rigor, and a supportive campus environment.