Oct. 25, 2007


Dear colleagues:

Take a bow. You have earned the recognition and thanks of the entire university community—from Flagstaff to Yuma and beyond.

Reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools were in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Yuma this week as part of Northern Arizona University's reaccreditation process.

They met with students, faculty, staff, administrators, members of the Arizona Board of Regents, and community members in what the team called an "exceedingly well-organized visit." To say the results were positive is an understatement.

The university is being judged on five criteria: mission and integrity; preparing for the future; student learning and effective teaching; acquisition, discovery and application of knowledge; and engagement and service.

The preliminary results show that the review team feels Northern Arizona University has met the core components for accreditation in all areas. No follow-up visits are necessary, nor is any additional information required by the commission. Reviewers called the university's self-study "comprehensive and accurate."

I especially want to recognize Vice Provost Karen Pugliesi, who has served tirelessly for more than two years as the institutional liaison and self-study coordinator for the comprehensive review.

I also want to thank the self-study team, the NCA steering committee, the various task forces, the individuals who participated in accreditation meetings, our staff, faculty, students and community partners.

The commission members will now draft a report that will be sent to the full Higher Learning Commission within thirty days. We can expect the full and final report after the first of the year.

The group effort that made the NCA visit so successful is indicative of the daily efforts you put forth to make Northern Arizona University the extraordinary institution it has become.

Thank you.


John D. Haeger