Native American Cultural Center at Northern Arizona University
is a resource for all of campus and community to learn about
and celebrate indigenous cultures.
(Flagstaff, Ariz.) February 10, 2020 Northern Arizona Universitys
commitment to Native American/Indigenous students is rising on its
campuses and in national rankings. NAU awards degrees to Native
students at some of the highest rates in the nation.
Current rankings reflect that Northern Arizona University
is standing behind its strategic goal to become the nations
leading university serving Native Americans, says NAU President
NAUs success with Native students received numerous 2019
high rankings. Diverse Issues in Higher Education reported the university
has nine top rankings for awarding American Indian/Alaska Native
students bachelors degrees.
Based on data from four-year public institutions throughout the
United States, NAU ranks first in awarding bachelors degrees
to Native American students in public health and management information
systems and services. The university is second for awarding bachelors
degrees to Native Americans in dental support services and allied
professions. Additional 2019 top rankings are in engineering, liberal
arts, biological sciences, nursing, and hospitality.
The 2019 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System ranked
NAU second in the nation for minority Fiscal Year Completions for
Masters/Doctorate Degrees, and third for Graduate Fall Enrollment.
We continue to support our strategic goal, not just in words,
but with multifaceted action, says Chad Hamill, vice president
for NAUs Office of Native American Initiatives.
NAUs Native American Cultural Center serves as the primary
hub for indigenous engagement on campus. As the only facility of
its kind in Arizona, the center provides home away from home
support resources to help students navigate the university and their
Support starts with numerous pre-college programs for middle- and
highschool students and continues throughout their academic career.
The Office of Indigenous Student Success is housed at the
center and offers exceptional support to Indigenous studentsfrom
the day they step on campus to the day they step on the stage to
receive their degree, Hamill says.
Commitment to Native American/Indigenous students and culture is
prevalent throughout NAUs academic programming. Students participate
in learning and research opportunities in programs such as Applied
Indigenous Studies, Tribal Public Administration, the Partnership
for Native American Cancer Prevention and more.
Currently, more than 2,000 Native American, Alaska Native and Native
Hawaiian students are enrolled at NAU, with representatives from
more than 110 nations bringing in an array of perspectives and cultural
experiences to the university community.
Hamill says the primary challenge faced by NAU and all universities
serving Native American students across the United States is the
unacceptably low graduation rates of indigenous undergraduate students.
Given our strategic goal, we wont rest until graduation
rates for Native American students are equivalent to those of their
non-Native peers, he says. To counter the national trend,
we are increasing our engagement with K12 schools, in particular
through the Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators, which
pairs our university faculty with K12 teachers on the Navajo
Nation to strengthen teaching and learning through a series of seminars
that are teacher driven and lead to rigorous, culturally-infused
For more information, go to NAUs Native American Resources.
Communications Officer/Media Relations
NAU Native American Initiatives