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Companies relying on student interns must adhere to eight core best practices, incentives and goals, said Eileen McGarry, the executive director of Career Services at the UA.
The inspirational story of Samir Madden, a UA junior who is a congenital quadruple amputee, will be featured on "NewsHour," airing at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 on PBS 6.
Our modern world is changing faster than we can conceive and universities are at the forefront of progress. Often academic discoveries struggle to reach their intended markets, but a new and groundbreaking program launched at the University of Arizona will help ensure its best minds turn their original ideas into viable and profitable companies.
Amer Taleb's journalistic talent took him to Japan this summer, where he and other winners of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition toured multiple cities on a nine-day study trip. While in Hiroshima, he bought a silver keychain in the shape of a coin that was inscribed with a charge to work toward a more peaceful world.
The Princeton Review has named the University of Arizona one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education.
Phoenix-headquartered Banner Health has reached an agreement with the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) to create a statewide health care organization and a comprehensive model for academic medicine.
The University of Arizona's world-renowned College of Optical Sciences has received a $10 million gift for graduate student scholarships, the largest gift toward any scholarship in the University's history.
Tucsonans Cole and Jeannie Davis have committed a $6 million leadership gift to the University of Arizona in order to initiate the first phase of renovations to McKale Memorial Center.
For a designer or architect, being able to shape the restoration and renovation of an important historic building like Old Main is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The University of Arizona is one of the top universities in the world when it comes to producing employable graduates, according to the third annual Global Employability Survey.
A new collaborative project is underway to assess the exact situation and needs of those living in poverty in Tucson, with plans to eventually inform the implementation of programs across the city.
Visiting Prescott, Ariz. on Monday, University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart met with various constituent groups to better understand business and industry needs for talent, and to identify ways to expand current partnerships and launch new synergistic partnerships.
On the first day of class, the University of Arizona welcomes approximately 9,600 new-to-campus undergraduates who represent a diverse and academically accomplished group.
Among the almost 7,200 new UA freshmen beginning this fall, more than 4,300 are Arizona residents and nearly 1,800 are transfer students.
In addition, more than 600 former students have re-enrolled to obtain their degrees, and early indicators suggest first-to-second year retention is on the rise for the second consecutive year.
The new freshman class is slightly smaller this year compared to 7,401 at census date last year, an expected change based on smaller populations of high school graduates and increased requirements for international applicants.
Student diversity among new UA freshmen is 41.3 percent for 2013, topping 40 percent for the first time, and up 2.1 percent from 2012, according to preliminary figures. And among the transfer students, diversity jumped 2.2 percent in one year, reaching 44.9 percent.
"I was pleased to see that we’re attracting strong students from across Arizona and the world. Our goal is to enroll students who are prepared for the rigor of a University of Arizona education, yet bring to campus a variety of experiences and backgrounds," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "Our relationships with Arizona’s community colleges make higher education more affordable and accessible for many and increasing retention keeps more students on track to graduate."
The UA Honors College saw an increase in the average SAT score – 1321, up from 1307 in 2012.
"This is an impressive one-year jump and reflects the quality students our Honors College attracts,” said Kasey Urquidez, the UA associate vice president for Student Affairs and the undergraduate admissions dean.
The Honors College also saw a slight increase in the average GPA of its nearly 900 students – now at 3.82.
The UA saw increases in student enrollment from 17 states, especially California, Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Georgia.
Georgia resident Sarah Ruth Merrigan had the option to attend other institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology, but chose the UA largely because of its strong medical program and Honors College.
"When I came for a visit, there were a lot of people willing to help me and who made me feel at home," said Merrigan, an Honors College freshman studying engineering who wants to pursue graduate studies in either biomedical engineering or biosystems engineering. "I really like the opportunities here, whether it is study abroad or extra classes I can take."
The UA also has redoubled efforts to help community college and other transfer students transition to the University.
Most recent is the newly launched UABridge program, which aids in higher education access and affordability, providing community college students support prior to their UA studies. Current partners are Pima Community College, Mohave Community College and the Maricopa County Community College District, with more forthcoming.
"By next year, we expect to offer UABridge programs in every community college in Arizona," Urquidez said, noting that it is crucial to support Arizona transfer students as some intend to return to their home communities after graduating.
Transfer student and All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship recipient Aaron Pressley chose the UA because of its campus community, support and the unique Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law program.
"I feel that I am adequately prepared for the University and don’t think I will be too overwhelmed," said Pressley, who transferred from Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). "My expectations are very high. I want to go to graduate school, and I think through the University I will have all the tools I need to do what I want and to stay focused."
Aspiring to public office, Pressley was president of the Student Honors Advisory Council at PVCC, the type of leadership role many others in the incoming class took on.
New UA students include nationally competitive scholarship recipients and students who have been involved in a range of activities, such as student council, sports, band, Junior League and honors societies. Others were regular volunteers at food banks, shelters and hospitals.
One new freshman, Gina Valencia, a graduate of Tucson's Sunnyside High School, served as a student leader in her high school by helping other seniors gain access to higher education. She helped students apply for admission and financial aid, created a "Wall of Fame" in the school’s cafeteria to showcase admission acceptance letters and even had her own office to advise students. Valencia will be working for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions this year and continuing her outreach work.
The number of new international students is lower this year due to an increase in the UA English-language proficiency requirement. The University offered 375 international students conditional enrollment provided they take courses at the Center for English as a Second Language. They will join the university in the spring, following course completion. Incoming international student numbers for Fall 2013 are 406, compared to 508 last year.
"We are building a wonderful pipeline of better prepared international students through our partnership with CESL," Urquidez said.
The UA also saw increased enrollment from 36 Arizona high schools, especially those in Maricopa and Santa Cruz Counties. Also, more students came from Rio Rico and Nogales high schools near the U.S.-Mexico border and Baboquivari High School on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation in Sells, Ariz. In 2011 and 2012 combined, UA enrolled one student from Baboquivari High School. This year, eight students are beginning their freshman year, including one who is a Gates Millennium Scholar.
Such enrollments are especially important to Arizona, as the state works to expand access to academic degrees in rural communities.
Urquidez credits other institutional programs and initiatives that have aided in improvements around student access and success.
The web-based Degree Search enables students to explore a major and even explore possible careers before they declare their degree program. Also, Degree Tracker enables UA students to track, credit-by-credit, their program requirements over the course of their academic careers after they have chosen a major.
"Degree Search and Degree Tracker are very important. We want every student connected and informed so they earn their degrees in four years, or two years for transfers," Urquidez said.
Urquidez noted that such tools are crucial to helping students graduate on time, saving students and families money.
"We are recruiting students to graduate and become 'Wildcats for Life,' to become alumni and contribute to our society and the economy," she said. "We have dedicated and focused efforts to help students get acclimated to campus and find their fit from day one."
Among all public and private institutions in the U.S., Forbes has ranked the University of Arizona as one of the nation's best.
Ground officially was broken today on The University of Arizona Cancer Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Dignity Health outpatient facility in downtown Phoenix.
Located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus at 625 N. Sixth St., on the northwest corner of Fillmore and Seventh streets, the center is expected to be open in 2015. The University is leasing the land from the City of Phoenix.
The 220,000-square-foot, five-story, $100 million facility will offer comprehensive cancer services, including infusion, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic/interventional radiology, a women’s center, specialized cancer clinics, patient wellness and support services, a prevention/executive health clinic, clinical lab space and other related support spaces.
Under an affiliation agreement approved by the Arizona Board of Regents and Dignity Health Arizona, St. Joseph’s, which is a part of Dignity Health, will operate inpatient clinical cancer services at its main hospital campus and outpatient services at the new downtown facility. Until the new facility opens the hospital will continue to provide outpatient services.
"Today the University of Arizona Cancer Center begins to fulfill the promise to serve the entire state of Arizona made to former State House Speaker Burton Barr in 1982 when the Arizona Legislature approved our state funding, and to the National Cancer Institute in 2009 when it approved our Cancer Center Support Grant for the seventh time," said Dr. David S. Alberts, UACC director.
"We believe this facility and the extraordinary combined medical talents from St. Joseph's and UA Cancer Center will allow us to reach new heights in providing extraordinary cancer care," said Linda Hunt, president and chief executive officer, Dignity Health Arizona.
"This groundbreaking reflects the University of Arizona's commitment to bettering the lives of all Arizonans," saidUA President Ann Weaver Hart. "We are most grateful to our partners and the City of Phoenix for helping to achieve this milestone. The potent combination of leading-edge research and exemplary patient care means that today is a new day for cancer patients in Arizona."
"The University of Arizona Cancer Center and the College of Medicine, both located on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, officially will make downtown Phoenix a world-class center for medical innovation and care," Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said. "Not only will the UACC be an economic engine for our city and state, contributing to our downtown urban core, but we'll also be on the forefront of cancer care and finding the cure. Thank you to our partners at UA and St. Joseph's for working with the City of Phoenix as we continue to work together toward a strong future."
The UA Cancer Center is one of just 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. It is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center headquartered in Arizona and serving the entire state through a network of affiliated health-care organizations and community physicians.
Follow the project’s construction progress online.
The construction is the latest project for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus, which is anchored by the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix and includes the Translational Genomics Research Institute. The university colleges of public health, pharmacy and nursing all have activities on the downtown Phoenix along with programs from Northern Arizona University’s College of Health and Human Services.
The University of Arizona has named three finalists for the position of senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Each of the finalists is a distinguished scholar, researcher, educator and administrator with proven success in the areas of leadership and the enhancement of academic programs.
The finalists are:
As an introduction to the members of the campus and Tucson communities, each of the finalists is scheduled to participate in an on-campus public forum.
Each forum will take place in the Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center and will be open to the public.
Comrie has been serving in the position until a permanent provost is named. Previously, Jacqueline Lee Mok served as UA provost before departing for a position at Johns Hopkins University.
In September, speaking about the search for the new provost, UA President Ann Weaver Hart said the search was one of the most important and most critical under way at the UA.
“I view the provost of a great research university as the chief academic officer and chief advocate for the primary resource of the university, and that's its faculty," Hart said during a fall meeting of the UA Faculty Senate. “I'm looking for a chief academic officer who takes that charge very seriously.”
Hart also has said the new provost must be attentive to the University’s place – it is a land-grant institution with both local and global perspective and impact; applying UA-derived research in ways beneficial to the state and region has been and remains a high priority.
Reporting directly to Hart, the provost will be expected to aid in defining the institution’s broader vision while managing the UA’s daily operations.
Likewise, the provost is Hart’s liaison to the Faculty Senate and is responsible for designing and implementing the UA’s ongoing strategic academic planning and resource alignment efforts, including initiatives around instruction, research and outreach.
Other priorities include: collaborating with administrators in the health sciences to advance programs in Tucson and Phoenix; working to strengthen University and alumni relations; the recruitment of a diverse faculty; allocating resources to University deans and working to strengthen academic policies; and collaborating with the Student Affairs division to establish to ensure student success and support.
Additionally, those who report to the provost include administrators out of academic and faculty affairs, human resources and student affairs as well as the UA’s 16 academic deans.
The UA generates more than $600 million in federal funding, ranking 18th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges. Also, National Science Foundation data places the UA 24th among all public and private universities in the U.S.
Also, the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” list ranks the UA Medical Center-University Campus 33rd among about 5,000 U.S. hospitals for geriatrics with high-performing programs in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology and neurology.
The UA ranks in 50th place among the top 100 public and private institutions in the world, according to a 2012 report by the Center for World University Rankings.
In addition to health-related programs, the UA has been recognized for exemplary programs and initiatives in astronomy, the arts and humanities, the social sciences, business management and engineering, among numerous other disciplines.
For example, some of the programs ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 included entrepreneurship, geology, speech, language and hearing sciences, management infor mation systems, analytical chemistry, rehabilitation counseling and Earth and environmental sciences.
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ABOR Names Ann Weaver Hart as UA Presidential Candidate After an extensive nationwide search, the Arizona Board of Regents today announced Ann Weaver Hart as the candidate for the president of the University of Arizona. Hart is currently the president of Temple University and has served as president of the University of New Hampshire and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Claremont Graduate University. Her prior appointments also include professor of educational leadership, dean of the Graduate School and special assistant to the president at the University of Utah.