Vision and mission

We strive to facilitate progress and innovation at the university. Find out more about our department goals.


Faculty, students, and staff in all disciplines at the university are actively engaged in scholarly work. Northern Arizona University is recognized as the major research university producing basic and applied knowledge that addresses the challenges of the interior western United States.

With this as our foundation, our graduates understand the nature of research, investigation, and original work and are prepared to contribute these skills to their communities and employers. 

Northern Arizona University is a nationally-acclaimed center for first-rate undergraduate research and creative work.

Mission statement

Northern Arizona University’s research and creative activities result in new knowledge and innovations that:

  • strengthen the outstanding education provided by the university;
  • foster the continued learning of faculty, staff, and students;
  • benefit the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of our region and society.