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NCA2010 Self-Study Report

Contact Information


  • December 5-8, 2010
    Evaluation Team's site visit
  • NCA 2010: Open Meetings , December 6th
    3:00 - 3:45pm, Student Union Memorial Center

    Faculty: Santa Rita Room
    Alumni: Tucson Room
    Students: Catalina Room
    Staff: Rincon Room

The University of Arizona NCA2010 Accreditation

Report of a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit from the Higher Learning Commission

President's Letter

Executive Summary

Reaccreditation Briefing Document

A message from The University of Arizona
President, Robert N. Shelton and Executive Vice President and Provost, Meredith Hay

Statement of Affiliation Status

Required Notice
This fall the University of Arizona is undergoing a comprehensive evaluation for continued accreditation. In compliance with Commission requirements as well as Federal regulations (1998 Higher Education Act Amendments) the University encourages the public to participate in this evaluation via the third-party comment process. The Higher Learning Commission site team will be in Tucson, December 6th through December 8th, 2010, to evaluate the university in terms of its mission and the agency's standards or criteria. The University invites members of the public to share comments and/ or opinions with the Commission. Comments should be made in writing and sent to the following address:

Public Comment on University of Arizona
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Comments may also be submitted online at

NCA Vision Statement

Our vision for NCA Accreditation 2010 sees accreditation as an opportunity for the University of Arizona to focus on enhancing the value and quality of its programs. Viewed this way, rather than as a matter of compliance, accreditation is a Process to set goals for the future, and establish the capacity to sustain the effort to achieve them.

We realize this vision by:

  • Focusing on a clear assessment of current and past practices.
  • Focusing on the future.
  • Building on long-term UA strengths.
  • Enhancing overall organizational structures in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and academic outreach.
  • Recognizing that we live, learn, and work in an increasingly global environment of complex systems.
  • Involving all those invested in the University, from students, staff, and faculty to stakeholders from our larger state and global communities.

Our look at ourselves will focus on identifying means to enhance articulations between these instruction, outreach, and research missions. We aim to bolster programmatic development and implementation by further facilitating our interdisciplinary and integrative means of engaging knowledge production and application with an increasingly complex set of social, economic, and scientific concerns.

Higher Learning Commission Mission Statement

Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning

The University of Arizona Mission Statement

The Mission of The University of Arizona is to improve life for the people of Arizona and beyond through education, research, creative expression and community engagement.

The University of Arizona Five-Year Strategic Plan 2010 - 2014

Our strategic planning is guided by a shared commitment to three priorities:

Academic Excellence: To better meet the needs of the state, The University of Arizona is committed to becoming one of the 10 best public research universities in the United States.

Access and Success: An education at The University of Arizona must be accessible to all who are academically qualified, and it must prepare students for a productive future.

Quality of Life and Societal Impact: The University of Arizona serves as an engine of development and a source of inspiration that enriches individual lives and advances the collective well being of our society.

The University of Arizona