Statement by the Arizona Board of Regents Enterprise Executive Committee
Eileen Klein, President, Arizona Board of Regents
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Rita Cheng, President, Northern Arizona University
Ann Weaver Hart, President, University of Arizona
What do you want in life for your child?
A good job, no doubt. A meaningful career. Self-reliance. Opportunity. A university education is one of the surest paths toward the American Dream.
Consider this: By 2018, an estimated two-thirds of Arizona jobs will require at least some post-secondary education. Over the course of a lifetime, someone with a bachelor’s will earn roughly $1 million more than with a high-school diploma alone. Adults with a college education also reap a wide range of personal,
financial, and other lifelong benefits, such as better access to health care and higher employment rates.
That’s why it is so critical we keep that dream within reach of Arizona high-school graduates.
The Arizona Board of Regents and our public universities are committed to keeping costs down and tuition rates competitive, but we also ask that the State of Arizona meet us halfway. With that in mind, we’ve put forward a new funding model in which every new dollar from the State will be prioritized to support the education of Arizona resident students.
What does this student-centered approach mean in simple terms? Governor Ducey has proposed $8 million in additional funding next year for our universities, and that is a step in the right direction. But we are asking the legislature to make university funding a priority in this year’s budget and increase it to $32 million to partially restore the more than $460 million cut from AZ’s public universities since 2008.
We are committed to spend every penny to ensure a high quality, affordable university education for Arizona resident students. Imagine how much more we could do if the Governor and Legislature invested more in
our public universities. If you value higher education and support Arizona’s public universities, now is the time to make your voice heard.
Contact Governor Ducey’s office and your legislative representatives. Let them know that higher education is a priority for you and your family. Let them know that now is the time to Fund Arizona Students.