Held twice a year, Campus Forums are an opportunity for NAU President Rita Hartung Cheng to address the campus community and NAU stakeholders about faculty, staff and student accomplishments, programs, research, and innovation. The President discusses important issues facing NAU and offers forward-looking strategies for what’s ahead.
March 3, 2020
President Rita Cheng hosted a panel of experts to discuss COVID-19 disease and transmission details and preparedness efforts on the NAU campus, the city, county and state. The panel featured campus leadership, local medical experts, county infectious disease experts and researchers. The discussion covered campus communications, travel, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisories and recommendations. NAU launched a COVID-19 taskforce to address preparedness across NAU, including course delivery, housing, dining, health services, facilities and operations.
October 15, 2019
NAU President Rita Cheng shared highlights from the university’s 120-year history including the programs, investments, research and innovation that are hallmarks of the university’s future. She discussed the changing environment in higher education nationwide, which plays a role in NAU’s retention and recruitment efforts as well as in curriculum decisions. She highlighted NAU’s diverse online programs and presence on community colleges campuses, making education more accessible to nontraditional students, and realigning and creating new programs to help meet workforce needs.
April 18, 2019
NAU has come far in the last five years, President Rita Cheng said, taking actions that have sharpened the university’s reputation as an academic and research leader. Updated IT infrastructure and classrooms equipped with the latest technology have helped recruit and retain students and faculty, while the implementation of multi-term enrollment and centralized scheduling has helped students graduate on time. One NAU brought online and community campuses under one umbrella featuring a robust support system, advising, academic collaboration and efficient business processes.
October 16, 2018
President Rita Cheng outlined NAU’s accomplishments and goals, and shared a Gallup poll of NAU graduates focusing on post-graduation success and how satisfied they were with NAU. Almost 10,000 Lumberjacks responded with 89 percent of NAU undergraduate alumni, and 91 percent of our postgraduate alumni saying they would choose NAU again. She emphasized NAU’s importance to Arizona and contributions, including helping reach ABOR’s goal of 60 percent of the state’s population earning a college degree or certificate by 2030.
February 20, 2018
NAU is nationally recognized and locally vital, President Rita Cheng said at the 2018 Spring Campus Forum. She shared details of a strategic plan that will keep NAU building its reputation and research prowess. NAU’s reputation continues to grow among peers statewide, nationally and internationally. Despite higher education sector challenges, NAU continues to provide a high-quality, affordable education that prepares students for future jobs. NAU’s strategic plan is the result of collaboration from all corners of NAU.
October 18, 2017
Accessibility and connection continue to be a priority for NAU, President Rita Cheng said at the 2017 Fall Campus Forum. NAU’s Enrollment is growing, including online and in Personalized Learning programs and in graduate and undergraduate programs in Flagstaff and throughout the state. First-year retention is 75.8 percent, one step closer to the goal of 80 percent. The university signed memoranda of understanding with four tribal colleges in Arizona to help Native American students transition to a four-year-college and is making progress toward becoming a Hispanic serving institution.
March 29, 2017
President Rita Cheng discussed NAU’s mission and vision, the strategic planning process focusing on student success, cutting-edge research and building a diverse, talented collegiate community throughout the state. Strategic planning has resulted in enhanced tools for student advising, more research programs, study abroad, community involvement, greater diversity in the student body, and a growing international student population. President Cheng highlighted new partnerships with community colleges, school districts and cities.
October 18, 2016
NAU is well-positioned to face a future filled with opportunity, one that assumes a greater role in Arizona’s economy and future. President Rita Cheng discussed NAU’s budget, the importance of state support, enrollment growth and goal to improve student retention. Cheng also addressed the importance of addressing national and state higher education trends. NAU’s historic focus on the student experience means the university is poised to thrive in the renewed emphasis on outcomes and personal growth.
February 16, 2016
Claiming its place among the great universities of our time, NAU will require new approaches and systems to accommodate more students while emphasizing efficiency, effectiveness and strategic thinking to remain true to the student experience, President Rita Cheng said. Cheng emphasized the importance of higher education as a life-changing investment, adding the university is working hard with state leaders to find solutions to decreased state funding.