TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona made its case before the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday, touting its accomplishments that benefit its students, community, state and country.
But underlying all of it is the looming threat of more huge budget cuts. Newly-elected Gov. Doug Doucey is proposing cutting more than $21 million from the University of Arizona.
The school already has suffered nearly $200 million in state budget reductions since 2008. However, effects of the recession will end and the expectation is that will mean an end to budget cuts.
"The point is, going forward, as the state recovers, to make sure that the universities don't lose their relative share of the dollars that are still available," ABOR President Eileen Klein stated. "That's really important that as the state continues to grow that it begins to add back to the public university system."
"Of course, we would welcome and in fact encourage the state to believe in the returns of higher-ed, whether it's community colleges, whether it's universities," UA Provost Andrew Comrie said. "In fact, even K-12 can provide a robust educational system and is the single best way to advance the state."
While the universities are preparing for state budget cuts, Gov. Ducey's proposed budget also targets community colleges and public schools for reduced funding.