Strangely enough, Shelton's newest tuition proposal came in the form of this gift (shown above) given to UA students.
By Shain Bergan
Some fresh news, as of just a few hours ago, courtesy of the Campus Correspondent:
Apparently University of Arizona President Robert Shelton has had a last minute change of heart from his original tuition proposal. Less than 24 hours before the next Arizona Board of Regents meeting, where tuition will be set, Shelton sent a memo to student government leaders and deans outlining his new plan, released at the 11th hour:
“Thus, I am amending UA’s tuition and mandatory fee recommendations for FY 2011, as
follows, to implement a scaled and moderated approach to moving UA’s tuition to the median of
• Reducing the originally proposed $1,450 increase for resident undergraduate tuition at
UA main campus by $400 to $1,050;
• Reducing the originally proposed $1,450 increase for resident graduate tuition (UA Main
and UA South) by $400 to $1,050;
• Maintaining the $500 increase in resident undergraduate tuition at UA South as originally
• Keeping the $2,000 increase in nonresident undergraduate and graduate tuition (UA
main campus and UA South) as originally proposed.”
It might be easy to applaud Shelton at this time, but something’s telling me the president may have had this move planned all along in order to gain favor with a campus that is becoming more and more disenfranchised with its leadership.
Kudos to the Arizona Daily Star’s Becky Pallack for this report on how the University of Arizona would approach another round of budget cuts, if such a realization became reality (also check out Pallack’s blog, The Campus Correspondent, which is conveniently located on the WatchCat’s blogroll).
Pallack includes this toward the end of her post:
“With all of that in mind, the UA’s strategy for budget planning goes like this:
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Following the rest of the social world, we here at the WatchCat finally broke down and started our own Twitter feed. I’ve long ridiculed Twitter and its followers, but the WatchCat now proudly stands beside them in social-web world.
Our first Twitter experience? Live-Tweeting the Arizona Board of Regents meeting. We’ve begun dishing it out, ABOR. Let’s see if you can take it, misters and madams Regents.
When you woke up this morning and went to school, you may have smelled something. No, not the rotting sinew of student sin, silly—I’m talking about the smell of money, $30 million to be exact.
As it turns out, the State of Arizona finally made good on the $75 million monthly check, $30 million of which went to the University of Arizona, that was due to the Arizona University System in December. Reeling from and still trying to come somewhere near solving the current state budget crisis (I’m sure you’ve heard about it; it’s what all the kids are talking about.), the State Legislature thought it prudent to keep those funds next to its pillow for about an extra 30 days.
For hardened criminals like me, there is a natural road to recovery. Fortunately for me, following my resignation from the Arizona Daily Wildcat, my road seems to be of the “yellow-brick” variety. Entering in a strategic partnership of sorts, the WatchCat News-Journal and the Desert Lamp will engage in a mutual sharing of content, as well as guest commentary on each side.
The winner, of course, is the University of Arizona community, as is mentioned over at the Lamp. Two quality blogs jointly covering UA policy and personnel are better than one.
Of course, we will each continue to run our own news blog sites, but with a recognizable affiliation under the banner of, let’s call it, Lamp-WatchCat, Inc. Or is it WatchCat-Lamp, Inc.? I never can remember.
So expect to see some WatchCat administration and transformation content at the Desert Lamp, as well as some student government and university policy content here at the WatchCat News-Journal.
Louie—er, I mean, Desert Lamp—I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.