Arizona Board of Regents Insights

General education quality assurance focus of board strategic discussions

June 14th, 2018

Arizona’s public universities are known for excellence, delivering rigorous courses that ensure degrees retain their value and stand the test of time. As part of the Arizona Board of ... >>

Unfolding my deck chair … some personal news

March 26th, 2018

One of my favorite Peanuts comic strips features an exchange between Lucy and Charlie Brown. In her recurring stint as the psychiatrist in the booth offering advice for ... >>

Celebration, commitment ... and cost efficiency

January 11th, 2018

January is a wonderful time in Arizona when we look forward to showcasing our beautiful state to visitors from all over who come to enjoy signature events such ... >>

Does S stand for stupid?

November 3rd, 2017

When I was in elementary school, our grades were S and U. S stood for satisfactory. You could get an S for satisfactory progress, or the dreaded U, ... >>

A fight we must win

October 30th, 2017

Our state and our nation are in the throes of an opioid crisis. This stark reality was driven home last week when President Trump declared the epidemic a ... >>

Flamekeeping. With a blowtorch.

October 27th, 2017

(This is the second of a two-part series. Last week, I reflected on the board's and our universities' extraordinary transformation and progress over the past year.) Americans' faith in ... >>

Don't fall for the false choice between K-12 and higher education

June 14th, 2017

With the conclusion of the recent legislative session, Arizona's public universities celebrated the most significant influx of state financial support in recent memory. Specifically, the state of Arizona's 25-year ... >>

Arizona's students - our primary shareholders

March 31st, 2017

Without a doubt, public higher education is an investment that pays dividends throughout an individual's lifetime, from increased wages to a better quality of life. In fact, Arizonans ... >>

A call for certainty

March 1st, 2017

President Trump spared those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status from deportation priority in his most recent immigration enforcement orders. With that one act, which demonstrated grace ... >>

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Know your numbers

February 17th, 2017

When I was a newly minted executive at a Fortune 25 health-care company, one of the first pieces of advice I got from my chief executive officer was: ... >>

Arizona’s public universities: built to last?

February 3rd, 2017

The average university building in Arizona is 26 years old. Now, that may not seem that old. After all, being 26 qualifies as a Millennial – and I’m ... >>

Unnecessary tuition cap misses the point

January 27th, 2017

Efforts are brewing at the state capitol to cap tuition at Arizona's public universities. On the surface, this may sound like a great idea. Tuition nationwide has been ... >>

Liberty is the ultimate social justice

January 23rd, 2017

Hats off to Rep. Paul Boyer, chair of the House Committee on Education, for his bold move to announce that he will not hear HB 2120 in his ... >>

Americans are ready

November 18th, 2016

In his acceptance speech, President-elect Donald Trump asked Americans to join him in rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. Throughout the campaign, he has pledged a ... >>

ICYMI - Arizona’s public universities delivering jaw-dropping achievements

October 12th, 2016

In case you missed it, The Arizona Republic delivered an outstanding editorial on the solid performance of our state’s public universities, citing our jaw-dropping achievements – from leadership ... >>

Deep data review enables focus on planning, student success

September 28th, 2016

The world has grown increasingly reliant on vast amounts of data for a growing number of purposes - everything from marketing and problem-solving to storytelling and innovating. At the ... >>

Achieve60AZ: Working together at the intersection of education and Arizona's economy

September 16th, 2016

Today marks a momentous day for education in Arizona - a day upon which I am proud to stand with key leaders from around the state, along with ... >>

A turning point - Board of Regents releases 2015-16 annual report

August 22nd, 2016

A turning point is defined as a time when a decisive change occurs, especially one with beneficial results. No doubt, this past fiscal year marked a turning point for ... >>

Governing with purpose

June 30th, 2016

June 30 marks the end of President Klein's original three-year term with the Arizona Board of Regents. Today, she looks back on the accomplishments of the board and ... >>

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The Class of 2016 is in demand

May 13th, 2016

"What comes next?" can be a vexing question for new graduates. It seems everyone wants to know. After all, commencement isn't just the celebration of a major accomplishment, it ... >>

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We’ve got something students want

April 15th, 2016

The most recent enrollment data for all public four-year institutions throughout the nation for fall 2014 has just been released, and Arizona’s public universities are clearly in demand. ... >>

Arizona's public universities a BOOM for the state

February 24th, 2016

According to a first-of-its-kind analysis, Arizona's public universities were responsible for 102,000 jobs and $11.1 billion in total economic impact during fiscal year 2015. This new study demonstrates ... >>

No zone defense played here

February 15th, 2016

We've all read accounts of higher education institutions across the United States seeking to corral free speech on campus, to rein it in purportedly to protect students and ... >>

The "curtain of distraction"

February 4th, 2016

That poor Oregon State basketball player didn't stand a chance last week at the free throw line when ASU opened their "curtain of distraction" and Michael Phelps turned ... >>

This is not a sales pitch

January 11th, 2016

Leaders from across our state are anticipating Gov. Ducey's State of the State Address later today, especially in a year where Arizona's fiscal health is improving. For our ... >>

Big and great

December 11th, 2015

Like the state we were created for, let's start recognizing our public universities as big and great. How big is too big? As an enterprise that is home to ... >>

Dramatic shift in higher education plan puts students at the heart of Arizona's public universities

October 2nd, 2015

Last week, the Arizona Board of Regents unveiled a new strategic plan for Arizona's public universities. The plan respects the longstanding mission of our universities: to provide broad ... >>

College scorecard scores touchdown for students

September 18th, 2015

Much has been made this week about the U.S. Department of Education's unveiling of the new college scorecard. While some in academia are bemoaning the methodology and the ... >>

Federal financial aid improves college affordability FASFA due June 30

June 23rd, 2015

No one would pass up a $100 bill lying on the sidewalk. It would be scooped up faster than you can say "Score!" Taking advantage of higher education financial ... >>

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Myths surrounding higher education resurface during commencement season

May 14th, 2015

During this commencement season at our universities, I am inspired by the achievements of 22,000 graduates who have fulfilled their visions of higher education through tenacity and dedication, ... >>

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Solving Latino achievement gap is critical for Arizona's future

May 4th, 2015

I am proud to co-author this column with Lea Márquez-Peterson, chief executive officer of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, whose tremendous leadership is instrumental in the Chamber's ... >>

Accelerating momentum

April 14th, 2015

I recently had the great honor of speaking at the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Roadmap luncheon about the tremendous benefits that arise from the commercialization of research at our ... >>

Time to move forward

April 9th, 2015

I would like to thank Gov. Ducey for attending today's Board of Regents meeting. His participation signals his support and commitment to advancing Arizona's three public universities - ... >>

Celebrating women's history month: Regent LuAnn Leonard

March 31st, 2015

With March being National Women's History Month, it is only fitting that we honor an Arizona woman who has made history by being the first Native American named ... >>

Confident, strong and rising

January 14th, 2015

I listened to Gov. Ducey's first State of the State address with eager anticipation and commend his call for a "confident, strong and rising" Arizona. The governor's commitment to ... >>

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