Arizona Education


  For-Profit Universities

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. Dr. Barry Bozeman, the head of the Center for Organization Research and Design at Arizona State University, will discuss the current state of for-profit universities.


  Experience Corps

Thousands of experienced adults across the country are working to make a difference in their communities through the AARP Experience Corps program. A Tempe’s AARP Experience Corps Volunteer Information Session will be held Thursday, May 7. We’ll show you how the program that pairs children with seniors is paying off in the classroom.


  Arizona Education: College Career Readiness

Getting students ready for college begins well before they enter institutions of higher education. We’ll take a look at one group helping get students ready for college, College Bound AZ. There will also be a discussion on the topic with Elizabeth Paulus, founder of College Bound AZ and Dr. Sally Downey, Superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology.


  50-Year-Anniversary of Head Start

Head Start is turning 50 this year. Head Start provides school readiness, education, health, nutrition, and family services to poverty-level children and their families. Jonathon Adam Gonzales of the Arizona Head Start Association will talk about Head Start and results it has provided over the past 50 years.


  Charter Schools and the Legislature

The state legislature approved $24 million to guarantee loans so that charter school businesses can expand their operations. Eileen Sigmund, president and CEO of the Arizona Charter School Association, will discuss how charter schools fared during the legislative session.


  Arizona Giving and Leading: Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development

Eight, Arizona PBS is airing a documentary, “The Homestretch,” on April 13 that follows the plight of three homeless teens as they struggle to stay in school. The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development in Phoenix offers help to homeless youth with many issues, including job and education assistance. Cynthia Schuler, CEO of the Tumbleweed Center, will talk about what her organization offers.


  University Budgets

Arizona’s three universities lost nearly $100 million in funding during the recently-ended legislative session. Mark Killian, chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the universities, will discuss that issue and more.


  First Generation Pathways to Success

First Generation Pathways to Success is a new program launched by ASU for first-generation undergraduate students that emphasizes the benefits and opportunities in advancing to graduate school. Lindsay Romasanta, assistant director for the ASU First-Year Success Center, and Laurie Mook, assistant professor for the ASU School of Community and Resources Development, talk about the program.


  Educational Equity

The Arizona School Boards Association is hosting a conference called The Equity Event. Public education, community, policy leaders and school board members from Arizona and around the nation will talk about issues focusing on closing the achievement gaps in education. Tracey Benson, associate executive director for the Arizona School Boards Association, Paul Luna, president and CEO for Helios Education Foundation and Adriana Figueroa, director of Multicultural Community Engagement for Expect More Arizona talk about educational equity in Arizona.


  The Fair Housing Education and Outreach Project

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) and Equality Arizona have been awarded a City of Phoenix grant to provide education and outreach around fair housing issues targeting traditionally underserved populations. Tomas E. Robles Jr., LUCHA executive director talks about the initiative.


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