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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.
Three veterans attending the University of Arizona, along with the spouse of an Air Force member, have been named Tillman Military Scholars in honor of their years of service and academic and leadership potential.
Twelve Pima Community College students have been named to the 2014 All-Arizona Academic teams for Phi Theta Kappa Society.
The University of Arizona's undefeated men's basketball team has been ranked No. 1 in the country for five consecutive weeks.
First-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix recently had the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test in the Arizona Center for Simulation and Experiential Learning, the "simulation lab" on the downtown campus that gives students real-life medical experience by "treating" mechanically controlled mannequins.
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved the University of Arizona's tuition proposal for 2013-14, sharply reducing overall tuition for law students and modestly increasing base tuition for undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
Overall tuition for Arizona residents in the James E. Rogers College of Law Juris Doctor program will decrease by about 11 percent, to $24,381 next academic year from $27,288 this year. Non-resident students will see an approximate 8 percent decrease, to $38,841 from $42,298. Overall tuition includes base graduate tuition and mandatory fees, plus differential tuition.
The tuition decrease is possible because new non-Juris Doctor, or JD, programs will diversify the student population and produce additional income. Lowering tuition is part of the college's larger plan to help students manage law school costs.
About 80 percent of students in the JD program receive financial aid awards from the college – a higher percentage than most other law schools. "We believe that the tuition reduction will improve accessibility and allow our students to graduate with less debt," the UA wrote in supporting material to the regents.
Other UA students, including medical students, will see an approximate 3 percent increase in base tuition and mandatory fees, which is necessary for the UA to meet its local, institutional and ABOR-mandated goals. The proposal was developed in consultation with undergraduate and graduate leadership and reflects their feedback and priorities.
Resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees for the main campus will be $10,391 for 2013-14, up from $10,035 in 2012-13. For non-residents, tuition and fees will be $27,073, up from $26,231. At UA South, resident undergraduates will pay $8,166, up from $7,941, and non-residents will pay $26,570, up from $25,808.
For resident graduate students on the main campus, tuition and fees will be $11,511, up from $11,122, and $27,383, up from $26,533, for non-residents. At UA South, resident graduate students will pay $10,690, up from $10,390, and non-residents would pay $26,880, up from $26,110.
ABOR also approved an $80 per year increase in the mandatory library technology fee for students on the main campus.
Tuition revenue generated by the increase will support key initiatives including the retention and graduation of students, seeding research, making engagement experiences possible for all students, online and alternative educational delivery, the retention and recruitment of faculty and attending to critical life, safety and code building repairs.
The increase in tuition revenue will preserve student access to educational resources and lead to success through investments in financial aid, greater course availability and new sources of academic support. In the 2012 fiscal year, the UA invested more than $168 million in financial aid.
For students in the College of Medicine-Tucson and the College of Medicine-Phoenix, tuition will increase to $28,686 for residents and $47,861 for non-residents. The modest increase will allow the colleges to offset state reductions with minimal impact to the educational experience.
The colleges are the state's only providers of allopathic medical education, with more than 650 students enrolled.
The board also set residence hall rates for 2013-14. On average, rates for undergraduate housing will increase by about 2 percent. Nine-month rates for undergraduate residence halls will range from $5,519 to $7,679, depending on the hall. Graduate housing rates will not increase.
State budget cuts suffered by the UA – more than $180 million since 2008 – are unprecedented and well-documented. Adjusted for the Consumer Price Index, per-student funding for the UA is at its lowest level since 1967.
Despite these sharp cuts, the UA has been achieving distinctions never before seen in its history. For the first time this academic year, overall enrollment topped 40,000. Retention and graduation rates are up, as is the number of baccalaureate degrees conferred.
To replace lost state funding, the UA is diversifying the variety and size of its revenue streams and is undertaking projects to optimize its efficiency. The UA is completing a comprehensive, campus-wide strategic planning process that will directly tie the University's strategic plan to measurable goals, metrics and financial modeling.
For four years, students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix have worked toward "Match Day" – the day they learn where they will spend the next several years as resident-physicians, a major step in building a medical career.
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.
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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 Arizona Board of Regents on Feb. 7 passed a resolution in support of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's fiscal year 2014 budget request, which calls for $58.6 million in new money for the state's public university enterprise.
Brewer outlined her request to board members during the two-day board meeting on the Arizona State University campus.
"The board applauds the governor’s budget recommendations and its investment in our universities, and we thank the governor for her commitment to higher education," said ABOR Chairman Rick Myers. "The board has directed the university system presidents to support and advocate on behalf of the governor’s budget recommendations for the universities and her Medicaid expansion plan to business leaders, the state Legislature and to the public."
The governor's request includes $8 million for further development of the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix. This investment is important as Arizona continues to face a troubling shortage of doctors and medical professionals.
The request also calls for $15.4 million in performance-based funding to reward progress in areas such as degrees awarded and gains in external research. Moving to a performance-based model is a priority for the regents as the universities strive to meet goals intended to support and stimulate Arizona's economy.
Additionally, a proposed allocation of $19.9 million for soft capital would be key to providing advanced equipment and technology to meet academic and infrastructure needs.
Also at the meeting, the regents approved funding for three research projects from the Regents Innovation Fund through fiscal year 2013-14. Three out of 13 proposed projects were selected for funding, for a total of $1.1 million.
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