The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is committed to the successful development and completion of a modern ASU campus in Payson.
The creation of this innovative campus is fully supported by a cross-section of state and local leaders, including Governor Brewer. We agree with the concerns raised by the governor in her SB 1497 veto letter that the consequences of the proposal for additional legal authority regarding Special Legal Entities are not fully understood, and for that reason we had responded to inquiries from the governor and from legislators that we were neither endorsing nor opposing the legislation. We believe that current law could support the financial or operational engagement necessary by ABOR and ASU to successfully construct and operate the Payson ASU campus.
The Payson ASU campus endeavor is a significant component to the university system’s long-term strategic plan of nearly doubling the number of baccalaureate degrees the system produces by 2020 and increasing the accessibility and affordability of higher education to residents across the state.
Inherent in the design of the Colleges@ASU model for Payson is a tuition structure that is lower than that of the main campus. The administrative and faculty structure, major availability, curriculum design, and non-research teaching aspects of the model will allow us to keep costs down. We remain committed to maintaining a lower tuition structure and will continue to work toward that objective.
This important new campus will no doubt strongly benefit future Arizona students and their families. We look forward to engaging in further deliberations with stakeholders on how best to accomplish our mutual goal.
Governor Brewer has publicly stated her support of expanding the reach of higher education to rural areas of the state. ABOR shares Governor Brewer’s philosophy that doing so is critical to the long-term economic success of our citizens.
Anne Mariucci, chairman,
Arizona Board of Regents
Michael M. Crow, president,
Arizona State University