Cabinet highlights: Jan. 28, 2013

The Arizona Board of Regents will begin discussing the state universities’ tuition requests in the coming weeks. President John Haeger and Pat Haeuser, vice president for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, are running a variety of scenarios before presenting their recommendation to the board and for public input.

The regents have scheduled a conference to discuss the use of technology in the classroom. President Haeger as well as the presidents of ASU and UA will serve as moderators. Fred Hurst, vice president for Extended Campuses, will be among the presenters. The event is scheduled for March 4 in Phoenix.

After years of use by athletics teams, foreign athletes, students and the Flagstaff community, the Wall Aquatic Center appears to be in need of an upgrade, according to Jennus Burton, vice president for Finance and Administration.  The pumps, decking, windows, lighting and locker rooms should be refurbished. If repairs were to begin, ADA and Title IX compliance would become part of the upgrades. Burton said the repairs should keep the facility operating for 30 years. The university is examining funding possibilities, and is developing a renovation schedule that would be least disruptive to users.

Haeger and Christy Farley, vice president for Government Affairs and Business Partnerships, are supportive of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s FY2014 budget proposal that allocates a $58.6 million increase to the state universities’ funding. The budget has been submitted to the Legislature for action.