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Transforming Higher Education

by Karen Pedersen
Associate Vice President

December 08, 2013

If you’ve been to the NAU-Extended Campuses website before today, you likely notice a very BIG change.

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our new website—fully redesigned from the ground up. It looks awesome and works great, no matter what technology or device you’re using. 

It may take a little time to get used to, but you’ll see that we’ve made finding classes, degrees, campuses, and events easier and faster than ever. 

My favorite feature? This—our new Re:THINK blog!  Now you can stay informed and get helpful advice on how to make the most of your college journey. 

It’s quite a transformation, right? 

But it’s nothing new. Northern Arizona University has been helping to transform higher education for decades

It started with professors trekking around the state via literal planes, trains and automobiles in 1960s and 70s. 

Today, NAU-Extended Campuses is a leader in distance learning, with some 8,000 students—nearly 1/3 of NAU’s total student body—taking classes online or at one of our campuses throughout Arizona. 

This year, we became the first public university in the nation to offer self-paced online degrees based on competency, not the credit hour (check out Personalized Learning). 

But, really, it’s not about us. It’s about you. 

Every day, I get to meet and hear from learners just like you. I have the unique pleasure of hearing your beautiful stories of transformation—how you went back to school, how you earned your degree at night or on the weekend, how you changed careers, how you found your true passion, how you did it for your kids. 

Throughout this new website, you’ll get to read and see and hear the inspiring stories of some of your peers—and, hopefully one day, your story as well. (Please, tell us your story!) 

Transformation takes time and effort and it never really ends. I promise we’ll keep moving forward. 

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