Regents to Meet at ASU This Week

Regents to Meet at ASU This Week

By Johnny CruzUniversity Communications
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Proposed 2009-2010 tution and fees at the three state universities will go before the Arizona Board of Regents when it meets this week at Arizona State University.

After additional discussions with student leaders and other stakeholders, University of Arizona President Robert N. Shelton recently adjusted his recommendations for tuition and fees.

Shelton is recommending that base undergraduate tuition be increased for Arizona residents by $500 (down from $659), to $5,774 for undergraduates and to $6,564 for graduate students. For all non-resident students, tuition would rise by $2,575, to $20,983 for non-resident undergraduates and to $21,276 for non-resident graduate students.

Base tuition for UA South's in-state students would rise by $350 (down from $450) for undergraduates, to $4,903. UA South's in-state graduate students and all non-resident students would pay the same base tuition as their main campus peers.

Shelton also is responding to the desire among many students for predictability in the tuition-setting process.

He is proposing an "indexed" tuition program, starting in the 2010-2011 academic year. If approved by the regents, new students arriving at the UA could expect a 5 percent increase in their tuition each year. The rate would be guaranteed for four years for incoming freshmen and for two years for transfer students.

Existing student fees, which range from $201 to $257, would rise to cover increases in financial aid commitments and critical student services, by $45 to $67, depending on student classifications.

The regents also will review the annual student financial aid report. The report outlines the amount of financial aid awarded at Arizona's universities during the 2007-2008 academic year, along with financial aid plans for the next two years.

An overwhelming number of students at the UA, ASU and Northern Arizona University are residents of Arizona. At the next meeting, the regents will review the High School Report Card, which reports the academic performance of Arizona's 2006-2007 high school graduates during their first year at Arizona's universities.

The universities and community colleges across the state develop the report each year as required by Arizona law.

In addition, the UA and the other universities will present their five-year (2010-2014) strategic plans for board approval. The plans will summarize the universities' long-range goals and strategies in four key areas: education, research, community engagement, and work force impact and productivity.

Other UA items on the regents' agenda include:

  • A proposed contract extension for UA softball coach Mike Candrea.
  • Possible revisions to the UA Science and Technology Park master land use plan.
  • A vote on the 2010-2011 academic year calendar.

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