Northern Arizona University moves forward with clear road map
By John D. Haeger, 15th President of Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona University moves forward with a rich legacy
of dedication to delivering top-quality undergraduate education, cutting-edge
environmental and biological research, distance education that eliminates
roadblocks to higher education, and a sustained devotion to service to Arizona
We have started the second century of Northern Arizona
University's existence with a clear road map to expanding our service and
We will emphasize the learner-centered approach to students
and student services. We will support faculty in meeting the challenges of
teaching today's college students. There will be attention paid to the latest
technologies needed to deliver education and the technologies in which students
must demonstrate competency in the workplace.
To be a successful higher education institution, I believe
you have to move quickly to achieve action on technology initiatives and new
programs. However, our goal remains the same: to educate students.
Sometimes you'll make mistakes, but you have to allow
yourself options to be innovative, to explore new programs or delivery methods,
or to embark on a new research project. In effect, higher education is about
creativity and innovation and the courage of our intellectual convictions.
Northern Arizona University will follow the same principles
in our research mission. Cutting-edge research requires intellectual courage,
and problem-based research requires the ability to face constant
accountability. We promise Arizona citizens innovative and effective research
as well as certificates and degree programs that are up to date, flexible and
responsive to the more immediate problems of the economy.
Undergraduate education that provides knowledge of the world
and an ability to grapple with change, diversity and life itself is Northern
Arizona University’s underlying core strength. Faculty and staff members are
committed to the residential campus concept and to the students but also are
prepared to deliver education throughout Arizona and world either online or in
new campus structures, preferably in partnership with community colleges.
The changing face of America and Arizona leads us to a
renewed commitment to diversity among our faculty and our
students. Hispanic Outlook on Higher Education ranks us in the top
100 institutions graduating Hispanic students. Diverse Issues in Higher
Education ranks Northern Arizona University sixth for graduating Native
Now we are actively recruiting to further increase the
diversity of our students and faculty.
Northern Arizona University is among the best in the nation
and must highlight the fact that students who come here actually receive a
"private education" with easy access to faculty, small classes and a
I understand the role of chairs, deans, provosts and the
political process up and down the line, and there is tremendous pressure at all
levels to move fast and to re-examine everything we do from the classroom to
the scientific laboratory.
Changes in higher education are going to take place. We can
adapt to those changes or be left in the wake of change.
It is my job to make sure these changes enable faculty to
continue to offer quality to both undergraduate and graduate students.