A recently-released report from the U.S. Department of Education shows for-profit colleges account for 12 percent of college students but nearly half of all student loan defaults. Also, stock analysts are warning that the for-profit college sector is in a nosedive. However, there are many bright spots in the world of for- profit universities. Derrick M. Anderson:Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, Advisor to the President for Innovation, Office of the President, Arizona State University, will discuss the current state of for-profit universities.
Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit institution, is closing 28 campuses, including two in Arizona. The closures come after a $30 million dollar fine by the Department of Education for misrepresentation. Dr. Barry Bozeman, the head of the Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University, will discuss the closure and the current state of for-profit universities.
At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.
The 100th Arizona Town Hall is exploring the topic of civic engagement and how to get citizens more involved in their government and their communities. Guests include: Kelly Campbell Rawlings, an assistant Research Professor and Co-Director of the Participatory Governance Initiative for ASUâ€™s School of Public Affairs; Jane Prescott-Smith, Managing Director of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the UofA; and Alberto Olivas, Director of the Center for Civic Participation for Maricopa Community Colleges.
Community-colleges in Maricopa County are showing an increase in enrollment this year. Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for the Maricopa Community College District, talks about what the district is doing to keep up with the growth.
More than 6 million people live in Arizona today, but according to state estimates that number will more than double by the year 2050. Participants in the 91st Arizona Town Hall met at the Grand Canyon in late October to recommend ways to plan for that growth while protecting our state’s views and values. Town Hall participants discuss some of their recommendations.
Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.
Community colleges serve more students than the state's three public universities. But how will they keep up with a growing population? And should they be allowed to offer four-year degrees? We'll take a look at the role community colleges play and the challenges they face.