Press Release:

NAU streamlines affordable degree path for Maricopa Community College students

(Phoenix, Ariz.) Oct. 7, 2010 — Northern Arizona University announces Connect2NAU, a streamlined and affordable joint admissions path for earning a bachelor's degree in Maricopa County.

"We are trying to open the doors to many more students," said NAU President John Haeger. "Different education structures will appeal to different students. When a four-year residential experience is not the best fit for a student, we can determine another method to meet their needs."

Students enrolled in the Connect2NAU joint admissions program can complete NAU bachelor's degrees for less than half the cost of a traditional four-year public university education. Students save time and money by being admitted to NAU while they are earning an associate degree at a Maricopa Community College.

"The Maricopa Colleges have a long history working with Northern Arizona University," said Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost of the Maricopa Community Colleges. "We are committed to enhancing and strengthening our relationship through innovative strategies such as this joint admissions program."

Connect2NAU students can complete their bachelor's degree by attending NAU classes on a Maricopa Community College campus or in their community. Students also can enroll online or at NAU in Flagstaff. Students have access to NAU transfer advisement, online resources, Cline Library privileges, an NAU e-mail account, a Bridge to NAU tutorial and a waived university admission application fee.

"We encourage alumni and their families to take advantage of our statewide degree programs," said Fred Hurst, senior vice president of The Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University. "In the past 20 years we've awarded 30,000 degrees, each reflective of NAU's solid university reputation and ability to provide a personal touch."

Advisers from both institutions will work with Connect2NAU students to ensure they are taking the right courses to earn an NAU bachelor's degree after completing their associate degree at a local Maricopa community college. Students with a 3.5 grade point average while in Connect2NAU automatically will be considered for $2,000 transfer scholarships.

Connect2NAU began this fall and is distinguished by its tailored, intensive advising with shared expertise from Maricopa Community Colleges and NAU. Students receive guidance in exploring majors and identifying careers that match their educational goals, a degree completion plan and strategies for entering the workforce or graduate school.

"Cost, convenience and customer service are the three C's that set us apart," said Doug Small, assistant dean of NAU-Extended Campuses. "We have coordinators on each community college campus dedicated to student success."

NAU also is expanding its degree options at several Maricopa Community Colleges.

The Bachelor of Business Administration currently being offered at Paradise Valley Community College will now be offered at Mesa Community College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition, more locations are offering degree programs that accept up to 90 transfer credits, including Administration of Justice, Emergency Services Administration and Technology Management degrees.

NAU transfer programs with Maricopa Community Colleges also include degrees in Public Management, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Interior Design, Speech Communication and Elementary and Special Education.

NAU has been a leader in offering degree paths in the Phoenix area for more than 30 years. For information on how to chart your education course, go to, or contact our Service Center representatives at (800) 426-8315.

NAU – Extended Campuses in Maricopa County:
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College (NAU West Valley Campus)
Mesa Community College Downtown
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Rio Salado College
Scottsdale Community College
South Mountain Community College
• and the NAU North Valley Campus (I-17 & Greenway)


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John Haeger, President, Northern Arizona University

Maria Harper-Marinick Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Maria Harper-Marinick,
Executive Vice Chancellor
and Provost, Maricopa
Community Colleges

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Diane Rechel
PR and Marketing Coordinator
The Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University
(928) 523-0914