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“ABOR will decide finances, projects”

Timothy Galaz / Arizona Daily Wildcat

President Shelton and the Arizona Board of Regents address important issues of state education in the Memorial Student Union Main Ball Room on December 3rd 2009.
Timothy Galaz
Timothy Galaz / Arizona Daily Wildcat President Shelton and the Arizona Board of Regents address important issues of state education in the Memorial Student Union Main Ball Room on December 3rd 2009.

The UA will discuss the Arizona Stadium construction, hiring the interim soccer coach full-time and education issues at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting today.

ABOR will meet all day today and half a day tomorrow to plan for future funding for Arizona’s three universities at the West Campus of Arizona State University in Glendale, Ariz.

Gov. Jan Brewer will address the presidents of the three universities and listen to what each university is doing to run the education system more efficiently and how each is cutting down on the cost of programs.

Regents will also be asked to approve the financial aid plan for the 2009 fiscal year and review financial aid plans for the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years. These plans include the total amount of financial aid awarded for last year’s academic session.

The reports will further outline which measures the universities will take to ensure education remains affordable. The tuition and affordability policy is also something the board will review.

Regents will hear arguments for re-delegating the authority to approve the academic calendar and will review graduation trends as well. They will specifically look at the amount of undergraduates enrolling and graduating at each of the universities.

Each year, regents hear projections on the number of students expected to enroll and graduate.

The UA will specifically ask the board to approve the revised Capital Development Plan, which outlines the expansion of the north end zone of Arizona Stadium, and the relocation and expansion of the Tree-Ring lab.

The report on Arizona Stadium states it has been operating “”substandard and insufficient restrooms, insufficient concessions, and a lack of spectator and premium seating amenities; all of which are critically needed to maintain the revenue base for operations that support Intercollegiate Athletics at The University of Arizona.””

The Tree-Ring lab will be relocated adjacent to the Mathematics East building to meet the needs of its research functions and office space.

For these two projects, regents will be asked to approve close to $88 million to cover the costs.

The UA will also ask regents to approve spending $130 million for the UA Science Center and Arizona State Museum Project, as part of the Rio Nuevo project.

Next they will seek approval to convey land at the UA Science and Technology Park for the Julian Wash Linear Park and to provide water and wastewater services at the Arizona Bioscience Park.

Representatives from each university will address regents to request approval to sell their share of the stimulus package for Economic and Educational Development revenue bonds, which will finance close to $187 million for the Health Sciences Education Building Project.

Each university will present regents with a status of their budget. Regents will also review the top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2010, including college readiness and teacher effectiveness.

On the final day of the ABOR meeting, regents will be asked to approve the multiple year employment agreement for Lisa Oyen, who is currently the temporary head coach for the UA women’s soccer team. If the agreement is approved, she will serve as head coach from Jan. 28 through Dec. 31, 2012.

In the last order of business, regents will discuss revisions to policies on sick leave and other administrative business.

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