The University of Arizona NCA2010 Accreditation
Report of a Comprehensive Evaluation Visit from the Higher Learning Commission
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
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
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
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.
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.