IMAGINE A UNIVERSITY...
- Where the students are all deeply engaged in their education, integrating knowledge and application in real world experience.
- Where researchers, scholars, and artists uncover new knowledge and innovative ways of knowing and seeing.
- That revolutionizes how it connects with its community and the world, forging novel partnerships to share knowledge and enhance quality of life.
- That achieves this vision through its deep culture of interdisciplinary collaboration and its tradition of access and inclusion, while deepening its regional roots and expanding its global connections.
That university is
The University of Arizona
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The Never Settle Manifesto
We have never settled. Never will. Because we’re thinkers and doers, always moving forward, upward. We collaborate across disciplines and partner with business and government to innovate. To make the unknown known. We’re a land-grant university that’s transforming science fiction into scientific fact, rising from the sands of the Sonoran Desert in 1885 and developing the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft that will collect dust samples from a near-Earth asteroid in 2020. For those who demand an unrelenting approach to teaching, research, and service, we say: NEVER SETTLE.
To improve the prospects and enrich the lives of the people of Arizona and the world through education, research, creative expression, and community and business partnerships.
Through cross-cutting innovations distinctive to the University of Arizona, we will expand the student experience through engagement, advance knowledge through innovations in creative inquiry and collaboration, and forge novel partnerships to positively impact our community.
The University of Arizona in Tucson is a land-grant doctoral research university. Our research and development expenditures place us among the nation's top public universities, and we have membership in the Association of American Universities.
We offer a broad array of programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. We have a total enrollment of over 40,000 full-time and part-time students. As a land-grant university, we maintain programs in production agriculture, mining, and engineering, and serve the state through our cooperative extension services, technology transfer, economic development assistance, distributed education, and cultural programming.
The University provides distinguished undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; excels in basic and applied research and creative achievement; and promotes activities that advance Arizona's economy.
- Excellence and Integrity
- Collegiality and Openness
- Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability
- Engagement and Societal Impact
- Access and Opportunity
- Diversity, Inclusion, and Shared Decision-Making
OUR STRATEGIC PILLARS
To graduate students prepared to lead productive lives and confidently pursue their passions, we provide cutting-edge teaching and real-world opportunities.
To stimulate creative inquiry that will solve grand challenges, we team up across disciplines, attract new resources, and constantly think in new ways.
To help Arizona thrive, we establish local and global entrepreneurial partnerships, launch new technology, and scale operations that enrich the quality of life.
To achieve our ambitious goals, we align across disciplines, leverage efficiencies, and seek new resources, which frees us to think beyond traditional boundaries.
UA graduates leaders who, through a tailored learning experience, apply their knowledge and solve the world’s grand challenges.
- Integrate new modes of thinking, teaching, and learning with unwavering student support
- Design an accessible and extraordinary learning experience, tailored to each student
- Provide unprecedented opportunities to apply knowledge through real-world experiences
- Recruit > retain > graduate > career
- Provide a dynamic educational experience
- Sustain an environment of 100% engagement
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UA enables creative inquiry and discovery that solves grand challenges.
- Attract new resources to Arizona
- Expand economic opportunity for Arizonans
- Benefit the well-being of our citizens to secure a bright future
- Promote our core strengths to address grand challenges
- Collaborate beyond disciplinary boundaries to increase local-to-global impact
- Improve institutional infrastructure to speed discovery, knowledge, and application
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UA helps Arizona thrive by establishing local and global entrepreneurial partnerships, launching new technology, and scaling operations that enrich quality of life.
- Develop active, mutually beneficial partnerships in learning, discovery, and community-impact
- Scale impact beyond Arizona to communities around the world
- Expand our 21st century super land-grant mission
- Align our output with workforce and knowledge needs
- Develop, expand, and maintain critical strategic partnerships
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UA amplifies its strategic pillars, engaging, innovating, and partnering, with effective and efficient support-systems deployed through visionary, cross-cutting strategies.
- Build an infrastructure for change that cuts across all elements of our mission and all aspects of our plan
- Advance our distinctiveness in interdisciplinarity, diversity, sustainability, and geography
- Redesign collaboration and interdisciplinarity
- Optimize campus resources and virtual reach
- Develop new sources of revenue and leverage fundraising capacity
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Never Settle News
These stories, from across campus, highlight the UA's broad and varied efforts to realize Never Settle goals.
Never Settle in the News
Local and national media coverage of the UA's work in Never Settle's four key areas: innovating, engaging, partnering and synergy.
Never Settle in Action
Some recent accomplishments of the UA's Never Settle Strategic Academic and Business Plan, in no particular order.
1.Roger Angel inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame
In the spirit of Innovation, Regents' Professor Roger Angel of the College of Science and College of Optical Sciences is one of this year’s 16 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Best known for making extremely large curved mirrors with a lightweight structure, Angel has expanded the horizons of astronomy and optics enabling us to see deeper into the history of the universe. His latest work on the mirrors of the Giant Magellan Telescope will allow us to see 10x clearer than the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more at gmto.org.
2.Tech Launch Arizona wins as Innovator of the Year
In FY15, Tech Launch Arizona disclosed more than 200 UA inventions, licensed or optioned more than 80 technologies, and launched 12 startup companies. TLA was recognized at the Governor's Celebration of Innovation as Arizona's Innovator of the Year in academia, after previously earning the UA recognition as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University from the Association of Public Land-grant Universities. TLA is responsible for more than $2.1 million in revenue from royalties and patent reimbursements, and the launch of successful startups such as SinfoníaRx, contracted by Wal-Mart to proactively monitor prescription medications for patients.
3.President Hart signs sustainability agreement
The UA is expanding its commitment to building a sustainable future by training the next generation of environmentally minded professionals to focus on working synergistically. President Hart signed a nationwide, solution-oriented pledge to reduce the UA’s carbon waste while also contributing to initiatives meant to drive environmental vitality.
4.UA partners with Uber on research
Under the strategic pillar Partnering, the UA will become home to Uber's sate-of-the-art mapping test vehicles, yielding new jobs, economic development, and increased public safety and transportation options for Arizona. Uber's gift to the College of Optical Sciences will also help future scientists, engineers, and researchers continue to explore new, innovative technology.
5.Largest incoming class has diversity, distinction
Preliminary enrollment data show that the UA welcomed approximately 42,100 students in fall 2015 and is on track to exceed several of its ABOR enrollment goals. In addition to enrolling the largest freshman class on record, which speaks to our focus on Engaging initiatives, the UA also received its highest number of applications, and more than 40 percent of new freshmen are ethnically or racially diverse.
6.Unique approach to veterinary medical education
The University of Arizona Oro Valley campus will be home to the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Another example of strategic Partnering, this first public veterinary school in Arizona offers a hybrid approach to clinical rotations in satellite university facilities as well as private and public facilities statewide. The campus also will support a new UA initiative tied to One Health, a worldwide effort to address disease threats to humans and animals simultaneously and improve the health for both populations.
7.UA debuts its greenest building at ENR2 dedication
The UA's Environment & Natural Resources Phase 2 building officially opened its doors on Sept. 10, 2015. The iconic LEED certified building with slot canyon design fosters interdisciplinary interaction and sustainability in the spirit of our strategic pillar Synergy. Key environmental programs, currently spread across campus, will come together in ENR2 for critical interdisciplinary research in earth, environmental, natural resources, math, and related sciences.
8.UA part of a national team picked to lead flexible electronics research
The U.S. Department of Defense awarded the UA-affiliated FlexTech Alliance more than $170 million between federal and non-federal sources to create and manage a flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing facility. Flexible electronics involve mounting circuits on flexible plastic substrates, which allows them to conform to a desired shape or flex during use. This Innovating and Partnering award marks the first of seven Manufacturing Innovation Institutes (MMI) to be headquartered on the west coast.
9.Future of cancer care has Arrived: University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital is open
The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital in downtown Phoenix began seeing patients on Monday, August 24, 2015. National Cancer Institute facilities are dedicated to fighting cancer through groundbreaking research. The new five-story, 220,000-square-foot facility provides comprehensive outpatient cancer care for a wide spectrum of malignant diseases. This development is part of the UA's commitment to Partnering, and improving the lives of all Arizonans.
10.UA announces partnership with Air Force Research Lab
The University of Arizona and Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico recently began a partnership that will improve students' career opportunities, provide access to specialized test facilities, and expand STEM education outreach initiatives. The UA is only the fifth institution in the country-and the only school in Arizona-to have signed a Strategic Educational Partnership Agreement with AFRL New Mexico. This agreement aligns the UA's long-standing strengths in optics, space and physical sciences, and engineering, and gives UA students and faculty increased access to AFRL personnel, specialized test facilities, and surplus equipment to be used for research and education.
11.UA part of national team to receive $110M to launch Photonics Institute
On July 27, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden announced that a New York-based public-private partnership involving the University of Arizona was selected to receive $110 million in federal funding to revolutionize Internet communication. As part of a response to President Obama's fall 2014 announcement of Integrated Photonics as a major component of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation program, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics team was formed. The technology from this effort will have a significant impact on many industries, including defense, and establish the U.S. as a global leader in photonics.
12.New support for student retention in the study of science
The STEM-focused Arizona Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars program received $300,000 in private foundation funding to aid the recruitment and success of transfer students. The UA's program aims to recruit 69 transfer students to study in the College of Science per funding year, and improve graduation rates among science students. Nearly 18 percent of UA degrees awarded are in STEM fields, compared to the national average of 15.6 percent. To continue this progress toward our ABOR 2020 goals, under the Engaging pillar, ASEMS has taken an evidence-based approach regarding retention methods targeting first-generation students and underrepresented students in STEM.
13.New degree expands UA access in Phoenix
To better serve Arizonans who wish to earn a bachelor's degree, the UA offers a Bachelor of General Studies degree program in Phoenix. The UA North Valley initiative is the result of a unique partnership between the UA and the Maricopa County Community College District. Students take upper-division classes from UA faculty members at the UA North Valley headquarters on the Paradise Valley Community College campus, conveniently located for students across metropolitan Phoenix. Students will have access to the same academic, advising and student services resources available to all UA students.
14.A new way to earn a UA degree
UA Online offers 21 fully online undergraduate degree programs in addition to the University's robust slate of online graduate degrees and certificates. Under our strategic pillar Synergy, the programs reflect the University's vision and commitment to meeting the evolving needs of today's students and working professionals of all ages by optimizing campus resources and virtual reach.
15.Exploring the mysteries of the human brain
The UA is a global leader in brain research and has launched the Center for Innovation in Brain Science to unite campus wide neuroscience efforts, creating Synergy. The center will serve as a hub for linking fundamental discoveries to solutions for important clinical problems and will provide training for the next generation of biomedical investigators.
16.Banner - University Medicine transforms care
The merger of the University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health, completed on Feb. 27, 2015, created a groundbreaking new model for academic medicine. The resulting Banner - University Medicine division serves as the clinical partner of the UA's two medical schools and allows the University to advance medical education and transform health care to meet new and existing demands. The Partnering agreement includes a $300 million endowment to provide a $20 million annual revenue stream to advance the UA's clinical and translational research mission.
17.Internship growth presents new opportunities for students
The UA introduced more than 400 new internships with major companies such as Apple and General Mills, representing a 13 percent growth in internships offered since 2014 under the Engaging strategic pillar. Internships are a critical component of the University's 100% Engagement initiative to ensure students graduate real-world ready.
18.Building an Extension program in Mexico
As the state's land-grant institution, the UA has led outreach efforts through its Cooperative Extension offices across Arizona. Now the University is assisting efforts to build a similar network in Mexico. The UA has launched a new project called the Red de Extensión e Innovación Nacional Universitaria, also known as project REINU, under the Partnering pillar. The name translates to the National University Extension and Innovation Network. Project REINU will serve Mexico as a national university-based network of scientists and educators to provide resources and educational services across the country.
19.Institute for Career Readiness and Engagement connects students with real-world experiences
The UA has launched the Institute for Career Readiness and Engagement to help students build their résumés and prepare them to graduate workforce-ready. With support from the Office of the Governor's Workforce Development Grant program, the institute will connect students with experiences and employers like never before, through expanded early career coaching programs, an enhanced Internship Readiness Program, and more.
20.UA transcripts will show students' work readiness
The UA's 100% Student Engagement initiative, a key part of the Never Settle plan, ensures internships, research efforts, studies abroad and other work-ready opportunities are available to all UA students to gain real-world, practical experience-and beginning fall 2015, such experience will be notated on transcripts.
21.Support for UA Native American grad students gets boost with $2.4 million grant
This grant from the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership will renew for three years, enabling the UA to realize the Never Settle goal to bolster efforts to recruit, retain and graduate Native Americans, specifically in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the STEM disciplines.
22.UAHN and Banner agreement could represent a significant investment into Tucson and the University for health care and related education and research activities
The proposed Partnering transaction includes $500 million in capital commitment within five years of closing for new construction, renovation and expansion in support of the clinical enterprise; an additional $20 million in annual academic support for the clinical enterprise for at least the next 15 years, and the establishment of a $300 million endowment that would provide a guaranteed $20 million a year over the next 30 years in support of the academic endeavors and activities of the University's Colleges of Medicine.
23.Making sense of how we do things
The Campaign for Common Sense, a quality improvement program that solicits employee recommendations, has generated more than 800 unique ideas to diversify revenue, increase efficiency, grow our research enterprise, enhance the student experience, and improve the quality of work life. Under the strategic pillar Synergy, improvements implemented to date include an expedited approach for managing clinical trials, a more flexible course withdrawal policy, a streamlined faculty hiring process, more transparent communication about academic program fees, and a cost-saving enterprise learning management system for employees.