Mission and vision

Northern Arizona University's mission is to provide an outstanding undergraduate residential education strengthened by research, graduate and professional programs, and sophisticated methods of distance delivery. But we know there is much more to Northern Arizona University than a one-sentence mission statement.

Our students are at the center of all we do and all we hope to do. They are the reason why NAU exists. And one of the most fulfilling aspects of being a high-performing university is knowing we serve our students well. Their success is more than a mission statement, more than a goal—it’s a value, along with access, and quality, and the excellence of their experience. 

What we achieve with students clearly influences the progress of this state. Their contributions to Arizona’s prosperity become our legacy. I know that our faculty, staff and the Arizona Board of Regents join me in taking great pride in their success, which is without a doubt our finest accomplishment.

We must effectively manage our resources to fulfill our commitment to providing the highest quality education for our students. We live in a time of great transition in higher education, and we must act strategically. To continually improve, we are revisiting established practices and determining ways to best invest our resources, especially that which is our greatest asset—our people. 

In this spirit, we are transforming our marketing and communications efforts to create consistent messaging and streamline processes. We are carefully and thoughtfully analyzing our information technology functions to build a more robust system. And we are evaluating our use of space, employing CollegeNet to schedule classes based on needs and available facilities. In the following pages, you would read more about each of these initiatives, and I invite you to share your questions and concerns

Thank you for your dedication to Northern Arizona University. Together, we are making tremendous strides in teaching and learning, research and service. I look forward to working with you as we face the future together.