Collaboration: UC fosters interdisciplinary collegial conversations amongst faculty and campus partners concerning effective pedagogies and initiatives for first-year student success.

Culture and community: UC aims to play a key role in strengthening a learning-centered campus culture that significantly impacts first-year student success while also providing opportunities for faculty to share and learn from each other as they play an ongoing and involved role in helping their students succeed.

Student engagement, success, and retention: UC partners work toward engaging our students to prepare for work and life in the 21st Century by drawing on best practices and tools for sustaining an effective learning-centered environment for our first year students.

Design, technology, and institutional initiatives: UC partners work within a supportive environment to try new and rigorous approaches, strategies and resources that enhance student excellence and achievement through a focus on deliberate designs for learning and effective use of technology.

Sustaining excellence through expertise, practical skills, and learning centered strategies: UC works toward advancing new teaching and learning initiatives that impact and strength student achievement and success by drawing upon the expertise of faculty and professionals.

Professional development and research: UC offers opportunities for faculty and partners to develop professionally while at the same time enriching the first year experience for students. Opportunities for advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) will reinforce faculty and staff contributions to the NAU and national discourse on teaching and learning in higher education.