To the Northern Arizona University Community,
Since our last extensive review of the strategic plan in
2007, dramatic social and economic changes have demanded that we sustain the university
in a new, challenging landscape. Our path will advance recent accomplishments
and carry on the legacy of Northern Arizona University with new approaches to
learning, student success, and discovery that create an inclusive, innovative,
and efficient approach to education.
The university’s faculty, staff, students, leaders, and
stakeholders have accomplished a great deal. Now, we must accomplish more with
fewer resources and greater attention to inclusion and impact on the region. We
must re-examine our revenue streams and rethink our curriculum designs.
Northern Arizona University is well positioned to be a
leader in sustainable higher education: a model that promotes human potential,
community well-being, and environmental responsibility. This means we must
significantly improve students’ progress toward graduation to equip them with
capacities to contribute and succeed.
In addition to being a center of intellectual discourse, the
university is an engine of prosperity and a catalyst for innovation. As
faculty, staff, and students engage in scholarly and creative activity, we can
apply, and in some cases commercialize, our academic inventions. Building
strong partnerships and harnessing new technologies will make education more
accessible to a diverse population and will help us renew academic programs for
greater impact in communities and on economic development.
We are on the verge of transformative shifts brought about
by the economic turmoil of 2008 and the recognition of the challenges presented
by the inequalities within our communities. Rather than wait for others to
decide our fate, we will cultivate partnerships with all sectors—public and
private—to deliver education that is relevant to the needs of a sustainable
—John D. Haeger
Northern Arizona University