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Message From The Dean

It is my privilege to serve as the Interim Dean for UA South. I have been associated with this important branch of the University since I arrived in 2008. I believe in the mission and vision of UA South as it serves emerging and economically critical communities in Cochise, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yuma counties. Of particular interest to me and a focus for UA South, is the growing need to educate the cultural, political and economic diversity region covering the international border between Arizona and Mexico.

UA South—the University of Arizona’s branch campus headquartered in Sierra Vista—extends the University’s educational mission to the region’s people, in multiple locations and with targeted degree programs. UA South provides affordable, accessible opportunities to earn high-quality and meaningful University of Arizona degrees in sites throughout Southern Arizona, including key border communities in Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties. We partner with community colleges to offer bachelor degrees that are of high quality, low cost, and geographically accessible. In addition to traditional degree programs in education, computer science, humanities and the social sciences, UA South offers Bachelor of Applied Science programs, Master’s programs in education, and a variety of continuing education programs designed to meet the workforce needs of regional industry.

As the University of Arizona’s branch campus, it is our educational mission to the communities to serve multiple locations with targeted degree programs. We provide affordable, accessible opportunities to earn high-quality and meaningful University of Arizona degrees in sites throughout Arizona, including key border communities. We partner with community colleges to offer high quality, low cost, and geographically accessible bachelor degrees. In addition to traditional degree programs in education, computer science, humanities and the social sciences, we offer Bachelors of Applied Science programs, Master’s programs in education, and a variety of continuing education programs designed to meet the workforce needs of regional industry.

We are more than our programs. We are people who care deeply about the students and communities in which we live and serve. We are dedicated to increase access to degree programs that are relevant to students and to the communities. Through our faculty and staff, we will innovate using technology, enhancing student learning, providing affordable educational opportunities that are the high-quality hallmarks of a 21st century degree.

To find out more about UA South check out our web site and join us on Facebook and Twitter. New programs are constantly being discussed, developed and launched. Our faculty and staff are engaged in the growth and enrichment of our communities, and our graduates are making a difference. I encourage students, educators, employers, and community members to engage with us as we work to help make this world a greater place to learn, work and live.

Dr. Melody Buckner, Interim Dean
The University of Arizona South