Robbins to present 'State of the University' at ABOR this week

Robbins to present 'State of the University' at ABOR this week

By Nick PrevenasUniversity Communications
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President Robert C. Robbins will present strategies and initiatives being pursued in the coming year at the November meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents.
President Robert C. Robbins will present strategies and initiatives being pursued in the coming year at the November meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents.

University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins will deliver a "State of the University" report for fiscal year 2022 at this week's meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents.

The presentation, which will be held in person on the University of Arizona campus, will focus on the health sciences, research impact, and innovation and will cover the strategies and initiatives that will be pursued in the coming year.

Robbins will be joined by members of the senior leadership team, including Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, senior vice president for research and innovation, and Michael Dake, senior vice president for health sciences.

Find a link to a livestream of the presentation, scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, on the ABOR Live site.

Also at this week's meeting, the three state universities will seek board approval for their proposed three-year Technology and Research Initiative Fund plans for FY 2022-24.

Under Arizona law, a portion of state sales tax revenue is directed to the fund and ABOR administers the fund on the universities' behalf. To comply with the TRIF statute, the board approves the three-year plans, which provide a narrative and budget for university research and workforce development programs funded through TRIF.

Each program proposal focuses on one of five strategic research areas:

  • Improving health.
  • Water, environment and energy solutions.
  • National security systems.
  • Space exploration and optical solutions.
  • Workforce development.

The University's proposal details how it would spend $32 million per year in TRIF funds, outlining a goal of positioning Arizona as a resilient state with an agile economy, a workforce that stays in Arizona and adapts and acclimatizes to change, and a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In a change from previous cycles, the plan has been shortened from five to three years in duration.

Other items on the agenda:

  • The board will discuss and consider legislation affecting the university system.
  • The board office will present the FY 2021 Financial Aid Report.
  • The board will be asked to approve the 2021 annual report on articulation and transfer for Arizona postsecondary education.
  • The board will review the Postsecondary Attainment Report and engage in a discussion regarding the report findings and postsecondary attainment in Arizona.

 

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