Goal 4


Strengthen university, community, regional, national, and global ties for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources

Example strategies:

  • Implement the university Diversity Strategic Plan at all levels of the institution
  • Enhance transparency and collaboration throughout the organization
  • Promote a welcoming, vibrant, intellectually stimulating, and respectful atmosphere that warmly welcomes visitors and supports members of the university community
  • Utilize ideas and approaches that will enhance appreciation for diverse perspectives and individual uniqueness
  • Partner with university caucus groups on important topics and issues
  • Incorporate engagement as part of the curriculum

Example strategies:

  • Communicate to all stakeholders and policymakers the value of the university within the state
  • Expand public service efforts across Arizona
  • Grow partnerships with institutions, business, industry, education, government, native nations, and nonprofit organizations
  • Increase philanthropic support to the university and broaden the base of supporters
  • Enrich opportunities for alumni to support and remain connected with NAU

Example strategies:

  • Participate in local, regional, and statewide efforts to address Arizona public policy initiatives
  • Prepare students for a globalized world through programs linked to civic and global engagement, leadership and service learning, and professional practice
  • Graduate a skilled and diverse workforce to address future employment needs of both metropolitan and rural Arizona
  • Connect with communities to ensure P-12 students are well prepared for transition to university studies, including offering pre-college opportunities
  • Provide diverse cultural, athletic, and intellectual events that benefit students, employees, and the community and enhance the sense of community and place

Example strategies:

  • Adopt, measure, and assess community engagement student learning outcomes
  • Establish a community partner council to advise the university on community partnership, engagement, and impact
  • Facilitate community-engaged scholarship through professional development opportunities and faculty recognition policies
  • Incorporate and encourage community engagement service hours as part of the university’s benefits package

How we measure success

ABOR 2025 Metrics | Impact

Public Service Activity
$35.5 million
$32.6 million
Degrees Awarded in High-Demand Fields

NAU Performance Measures

To be determined

Northern Arizona University is a place where people come together. A place where ideas and intellect combine to create something stronger, bigger, and more powerful than we can accomplish as individuals.