A message from Arizona's public university presidents
University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins, Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng write that they are particularly concerned that students who are in rural areas are not applying to college at the rate of their urban counterparts, and that they are united in their objective of addressing this trend.
Arizona universities team up to detect COVID-19 mutations
Scientists from Arizona's three public universities are joining forces to analyze test samples to detect dangerous COVID-19 mutations. "The concern, of course, is you get one of these mutations that take hold and there's no vaccine that can protect you," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins.
Accreditor approves UAGC acquisition of Ashford University
We are pleased to announce the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) has approved Ashford University's application for a change of ownership. This approval allows for the acquisition of Ashford University from Zovio Inc. by The University of Arizona Global Campus (Global Campus), an Arizona nonprofit corporation.
Spring Semester Update
Thank you for your continued commitment to the health and safety of our community as we complete the fall semester. For the Spring 2021 semester, we will continue to offer four course formats, in-person, flex in-person, live online and iCourse. For courses with in-person components, we anticipate starting the semester in Stage 2, described in the full message, based on the most current data trends and continued consultation with our public health experts, epidemiologists, and campus community. The specific stage classifications and ramp-up plan have been adjusted from Fall 2020 (see the breakouts in the full message at the link).
Halloween gets the coronavirus treatment
Cities, universities and health officials are pushing the public to avoid big parties and consider new ways of celebrating Halloween. After a Labor Day-fueled coronavirus surge at the University of Arizona, President Robert C. Robbins said the institution is putting on a massive campaign to cut down big Halloween parties with help from the local police, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, and the Pima County Health Department.
Colleges use targeted lockdowns, online classes to preserve fall semester
After a rise in positive COVID-19 cases, the University of Arizona urged students to shelter in place for two weeks. "It was really a way of saying, 'Just don't go out and party in large groups,'" said President Robert C. Robbins, a cardiac surgeon.