Twitter log of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) meeting


On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Arizona Board of Regents met at ASU on the first day of their two-day conference to speak about pressing matters facing the three in-state Arizona universities. Using Twitter as a news medium for abridged — but timely — content, I endeavored to keep up with reporting on the meeting as it happened. The following are my Tweets from about 9 a.m. to noon. They are organized in reverse order, from the most recent Tweet concerning the meeting to the first.

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At #ABOR — That’s all on the agenda for NAU… lots of discussion of ASU, UA topics today. I’m out — thanks for following!
At #ABOR — 2:30 p.m.: Approval needed from the regents to spend $9 million on bringing the Science Lab Building (#17) up to building codes.
At #ABOR — After tuition discussion, NAU seeks regent approval of litigation (tax appeal) against the county on behalf of Drury Inn.
At #ABOR — After the break at 1:30 p.m. : tuition and fees.
At #ABOR — Meeting adjourned until 1:30 p.m.
At #ABOR — Regent Mariucci: “NAU is Arizona’s provider of distributed education and alternative pathways, statewide.”
At #ABOR — Crow said NAU and ASU are working together on Lake Havasu project.
At #ABOR — Regent McLendon: “One concern I have while we’re making plans for the future is that we don’t lower our standards.”
At #ABOR — What Haeger and Shelton are talking about right now is not competing with each other in a small student market like Yuma.
At #ABOR — Shelton: “[NAU is] going to bring excellence. They are going to bring a whole set of degrees we are not in a position to offer.”
At #ABOR — Shelton: “It makes no sense for [UA] to be in Yuma and offer a second-class program when NAU can offer a first-class program.”
At #ABOR — Again, sorry I’m running a bit behind. I have to keep pausing my feed to stop and get quotes from the regents & presidents.
At #ABOR — Haeger: “Arizona is the #1 net-importer of college freshman.” Is basing that assertion off of 2006 data.
At #ABOR — Haeger: “The growth in Prescott Valley depends solely on us being able to tap into the high schools…”
At #ABOR — Crow: “It’s not the NAU of the old days. It’s the new NAU, with two extended campus seedlings.”
At #ABOR — ASU’s Crow: “NAU, in the context of what was just presented, is birthing two state colleges…”
At #ABOR — I’ll be sure to ask Haeger in a future interview if he sees NAU as an imperial power. Independence for Yuma and Yavapai?
At #ABOR — EC: “In 16 years, it will be a question of colonialism. Should NAU-Yuma remain part of NAU, or should it be it’s own university?”
At #ABOR — “… Yuma State University. NAU-Yavapai into Yavapai State University.” Said by Regent Calderon.
At #ABOR — “In two generations of regents — 16 years from now — I hope the question before the Board is how to spin NAU Yuma into…”
At #ABOR — NAU is using the term to describe costs WITHOUT financial aid calculated in. At least that’s my understanding at this point.
At #ABOR — There’s a few discrepancies over the term “sticker prices” today. ASU used the term to describe costs WITH financial aid figured.
At #ABOR — Hurst: “NAU-Flagstaff, with it’s ‘Pledge’ rate, is the cheapest option of the three [state universities].”
At #ABOR — Haeger: “At NAU-Yavapai, we’ve tried to take that next step as far as governance.”
At #ABOR — Haeger: Reverse-transfer process / initiative is a “win-win.”
At #ABOR —”We are in discussions with the community colleges about ‘reverse-transfer.’” Apparently, this means going from NAU to AZ CC’s.
At #ABOR — According to NAU’s slides, $27,856 is the cost of a 4-year tuition at NAU Mountain Campus.
At #ABOR — Haeger says NAU Yavapai will have the “lowest tuition in Arizona. It’s based on trying to get a student through in 3 years.”
At #ABOR — Hurst: “In the last ten years, we’ve seen an increase in off-campus, extended campus credit hours from 37,000 to 60,000.”
At #ABOR — Hurst’s PowerPoint slide is titled, “NAU is Arizona’s Statewide University.”1/3 of student head-count is off-campus.
At #ABOR — Hurst, referring to extended campuses: “We’re the first university to offer a number of different programs.”
At #ABOR — Here’s Haeger’s box that Shelton borrowed. Displays mission focus and variables dependent on those various focuses.
At #ABOR — Haeger: “The most expensive education is in a research university.”
At #ABOR — That’s Fred Hurst, senior vice-president for Extended Campuses, btw.
At #ABOR — Haeger and Hurst are up. NAU time.
At #ABOR — Confirmed. Myers in my earlier Tweets was another regent. I think the name plates are either misplaced or my camera angle is.
At #ABOR — UA rep on night / weekend classes: ”We went to 1,200 — 1,500 students three years ago to almost 7,000 students this last fall.”
At #ABOR — UA rep: “At Pima [CC], there may be 121 degrees, but there are 79 or 80 of them that are pretty integrated now.”
At #ABOR — UA’s representative speaking says UA modeled their PowerPoint chart off of NAU’s. I was wondering where I had seen it before.
At #ABOR — UA’s representative: “What that involves is really taking a hard look, as other universities have, at our curriculum.”
At #ABOR — Shelton: “We, like all of you, are aware of the precipitous decline in state support.”
At #ABOR — UA and Pres. Shelton are up.
At #ABOR — May have mistaken Regent Myers as Regent DeConcini earlier. The camera angle on ABOR’s live feed is a little strange.
At #ABOR — Going to be Tweeting a bit slower. ASU politics isn’t my thing. I’ll wait for Pres. Haeger to take the stage.
At #ABOR — Crow: “Average undergraduate from ASU graduates with $19,000 of debt. That’s well below the national average — well below…”
At #ABOR — ASU’s response to Myer’s point about wanting innovation to drive down costs: “Some programs are very, very expensive.”
At #ABOR — Crow claims their average tuition figures (“s.p.”) does not include student loans. Regent Myers is asking questions.
At #ABOR — John Huppenthal, speaking on 8th grade and secondary education students: “We ought to focus a little more on them.”
At #ABOR — Starting to wish all speakers had name-tags. I missed the full introduction of “Betty,” and they are not going to repeat it.
At #ABOR — ASU’s chart does seem to indicate that they are comparable to AZ CC’s, but there’s a bit of confusion as to what the #’s are.
At #ABOR — 4,500 students at West / 2,000 students at Poly will have reduced s.p., according to ASU official accompanying Crow.
At #ABOR — “s.p.” meaning sticker price here, ASU’s word for tuition cost with financial aid considered.
At #ABOR — ASU wants tuition approved where ASU West is 10% off s.p. and lower-division ASU Poly Tech is 25% off s.p.
At #ABOR — Crow: “We are at the quality threshold. There is no retreat from the present position we have on quality…”
At #ABOR — Crow: “We have 34,926 who are residents of the state of Arizona attending [ASU]. 17,000 pay no tuition, at all.”
At #ABOR — President Crow: “Most institutions are excellence only, access only… period.” Trying to explain how ASU is different.
At #ABOR — Each of the universities is about to make a presentation to the regents. ASU’s first.
At #ABOR — If you’d like the feed of the meeting, here it is:
Apologies in advance about the timing of my ABOR tweets — my Internet is a little shaky this morning.
At #ABOR — I guess NAUY could also mean NAU Yuma. Definitely talking about NAU Yavapai in this instance.
At #ABOR — Prescott Valley councilmember is currently speaking to regents about NAU-Yavapai. Brought the 1st student to ever enroll in NAUY.
At #ABOR — Students are not clearing the floor. Security has been called to remove them from the floor. Security does so.
At #ABOR — Aforementioned students are laying on the floor, playing dead. “I see your smiles, and we will not let our cries be silenced.”
At #ABOR — Students currently speaking to the regents call ABOR actions “clear leaps towards privatization.”
At #ABOR — ASU graduate student tells regents that she found out about program disestablishment through “student media sources.”
At #ABOR — Former UA basketball coach Ben Lindsey is addressing the regents about a book that calls his 1-year career at UA “infamous.”

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