Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs advances the mission of the University by providing leadership in academic affairs, upholding academic excellence and promoting the intellectual growth of Heritage’s diverse faculty and student body. Access and equity; academic excellence; community engagement; and sustainability are important themes the office strives to enhance.

The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is responsible for the academic curriculum of the institution, providing leadership to the faculty and managing processes through which teaching is conducted and administered at Heritage. The Provost also insures the curriculum appropriately reflects the mission of the campus and is current in terms of disciplines and delivery. The Office works collaboratively with other support services to facilitate organizational success and academic excellence across the institution.

Campus Location: Toppenish Campus, Violet Lumley Rau Center


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Grievance and Complaint Process

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Student Right To Know

What is the “Student Right-to-Know” Act?

Also known as the “Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act” (P.L, 101-542), which was passed by Congress November 9, 1990.  Title I, Section 103, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate-or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students.

These data are also required to be disclosed to parents, coaches, and potential student athletes when the institution offers athletically-related student aid.  The Graduation Rates component of IPEDS was developed specifically to help institutions respond to these requirements.


Heritage University’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) graduation date rate data is reported for the previous year each Spring.  The most recently released IPEDS data is as follows:

Enrollment/Student Characteristics (Fall 2017)

  • Degree-seeking students total 1,010 (778 undergraduates and 232 graduate students)
  • Non-Degree seeking students total 34 (12 undergraduates and 22 graduate students)
  • Of the 778 degree-seeking undergraduates:
    • 28% are male and 72% are female
    • The average age is 24
    • 14% are first-time freshmen
    • 94% attend full-time; 6% attend part-time
    • Reported under the following racial/ethnic categories:
      • 70% Hispanic/Latino
      • 7% reporting as Native American/Alaskan Native; 11% counting those reporting under “2 or more races” with tribal affiliations
      • 1% Asian
      • 1% Black/African American
      • 15% White
      • 2% Two or more races
      • 2% Unknown
      • 2% Nonresident alien
    • 2016 entering first-time full-time freshmen cohort retention rate: 76%
    • Entering (first-time, full-time freshman) 2011 class 6 year graduation rate for bachelor’s cohort: 22%
    • Entering (first-time, full-time freshman) 2009 class 8 year graduation rate for bachelor’s cohort: 22%
    • Entering (first-time, full-time freshman) 2007 class 10 year graduation rate for bachelor’s cohort: 30%

Contact Us

Dr. Kazuhiro Sonoda
Provost/VP of Academic Affairs

Kandace Nash
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Institutional Review Board Administrator