Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission Statement

Our academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. We develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment.


Rigorous programs and pioneering research with substantial community impact provide the foundation for transformational student opportunities that prepare graduates to excel in creating a sustainable future, nationally and globally.

  • NAU is distinguished for its quality of teaching, focusing on student-centered learning experiences in creative environments and for its dynamic research. We challenge students to adapt and respond to evolving social pressures and global issues.
  • NAU is celebrated for its personally transformational relationships that enhance educational opportunities. We empower students to succeed by ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness of diverse experiences and backgrounds.
  • NAU is renowned for its national and global leadership and service as our graduates guide the world toward a vibrant future, creating cultural vitality, superior education, improved public health, and positive economic outcomes throughout our communities.
  • Excellence in Education—Offer a rigorous, high-quality education to all students
  • Student Success—Place learner needs at the center of our academic and service planning, policies, and programs
  • Educational Access—Provide all qualified students with access to higher education
  • Diversity—Achieve multicultural understanding as a priority of educational and civic life
  • Integrity—Operate with fairness, honesty, and the highest ethical standards to sustain a community of trust
  • Civility—Support a civil, engaging, and respectful campus climate