Mission, vision, and values
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
Find out how we’re turning our mission and vision into reality.