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


Heritage University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Regional accreditation of postsecondary institutions is a voluntary process of quality assurance and institutional improvement. It qualifies institutions and enrolled students for access to federal funds to support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

Regional Accreditation follows a seven-year cycle ad covers five standards:

Standard One: Mission, Core Themes, and Expectations
Standard Two: Resources and Capacity
Standard Three: Planning and Implementation
Standard Four: Effectiveness and Improvement
Standard Five: Mission Fulfillment, Adaptation, and Sustainability

The timeline below summarizes the accreditation history of Heritage:

1982: Heritage College began granting academic credit as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington (which closed on June 30, 1982)
1986: Heritage College received accreditation, retroactive to September 1, 1985.
2004: Heritage College was designated “Heritage University”
2011: Accreditation visit and self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One through Five, with accreditation reaffirmed
2012: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standard One, with accreditation reaffirmed
2013: Self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU on Standards One and Two, with virtual visit and accreditation reaffirmed.

The next self-study report from Heritage to NWCCU is due Spring, 2019, on Standards One through Five, with a site visit.

Heritage College began granting academic credit on July 1, 1982, as successor to Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in Spokane, Washington, which closed on June 30, 1982. In 2004, Heritage College was designated Heritage University. Heritage College received accreditation June 16, 1986, retroactive to September 1, 1985. Accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2012.

In addition to regional accreditation, separate programs at Heritage are accredited as follows:

  • Medical Laboratory Science: The MLS program at Heritage is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences (NAACLS).
  • Education: State of Washington approval through the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB) has been granted to the following education programs: Residency Teacher; and Residency Principal/Program Administrator.
  • Nursing: The Nursing program at Heritage is accredited by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.
  • Social Work: The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree was accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) effective with the class of 1997. The program was re-accredited in 2010.

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Grievance and Complaint Process

Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education regulations to improve the integrity of programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended (the “program Integrity Rule”), took effect. The Program Integrity Rule requires, among other things, that each college or university authorized to offer post-secondary education in one or more states ensure access to a compliant process that will permit student consumers to address the following:

  • Alleged violations of state consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising;
  • Alleged violations of state law or rules relating to the licensure of post-secondary institutions; and
  • Complaints relating to the quality of education or other State or accreditation requirements.

Heritage University, as an institution authorized to provide post-secondary education in the State of Washington, is committed to full compliance with the Program Integrity Rule, and provides this information to the students: Grievance Procedures.

The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has authority to investigate student complaints against specific schools. WSAC may not be able to investigate every student complaint. Visit for information regarding the WSAC complaint process.

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
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Kandace Nash
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Institutional Review Board Administrator