Cabinet highlights: Oct. 13, 2014

The Center for International Education is offering its expertise to faculty who are taking students out of the country for studies. The center would like to be informed of international travel in advance so that they can discuss issues and protocols that would protect students in case of emergencies, said Provost Laura Huenneke. CIE also adheres to State Department guidelines for traveling, including certain regions of Mexico.

Fred Hurst, senior vice president for Extended Campuses, said discussions are under way to determine if NAU could offer health care programs in Prescott Valley. He also announced a search has begun for a chief marketing officer to enhance enrollment.

Arizona’s budget for the coming months appears austere, with an impending shortfall impacted by a recent state Supreme Court ruling that said Arizona has failed to fully fund K-12 education. The shortfall could reach $500 million said, Christy Farley, vice president for Government Affairs. President Rita Cheng is asking vice presidents to identify divisional budget priorities for FY14-15 by Nov. 21.

Laura Jones, associate vice president for Planning and Institutional Research, reported that applications for the Flagstaff campus are up as are visits to campus. She also presented details on transfer students. Read her complete report for October here.

John Morris, associate vice president for Facility Services, gave an update for major campus projects, noting that the traffic signal at San Francisco and McCreary is expected to be complete mid-October.