Resolution to find state funding for Arizona students still unsettled, says Crow
ASU President Michael Crow shared details on how the University plans to provide more student housing and address food insecurity, provided updates on coach transition chief of football and discussed the University’s expansion into cities outside of Arizona during a meeting with The State Press on Thursday.
One of the University’s newest spaces is the California Center, based in the historic Herald Examiner Building in downtown Los Angeles. The University announced its move into the building in 2018, but opened the space in fall 2021.
Crow said there’s a belief that the California Center is a campus, which he says isn’t true: ASU is “an equally present university in California,” he said. The center will seek to provide unique academic and professional opportunities rather than compete with California’s public universities.
“We’re not going to try to take enrollment from California campuses,” Crow said. “Everything we do there will be unique.”
Washington, DC and Los Angeles are two cities where ASU is prioritizing its presence, Crow said. The Washington Center in Washington, DC opened in 2018 and is home to programs in journalism, law, politics and more.
Crow wants more state funding for Arizona students
Arizona has seen the largest defunding of higher education of any state since the Great Recession, dropping more than 50% from 2008 to 2019. In 2020, Arizona had the lowest support in the state. State for higher education from all states in the country, at $2,515 per full-time equivalent student.
Crow said the University needs more financial support from the state of Arizona so students in the state can attend ASU. He said the University was looking for a solution to the lack of state funding, but had not yet been able to find one.
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“All this support that we give, which is usually given by states in other states, these are resources that we do not spend on the university itself. We spend them on the students so that they can attend the university. ‘university,” Crow said. “And it’s an extremely difficult environment for us and we haven’t been able to resolve that.”
ASU plans to build more student housing
As of August, about 450 ASU students were living in hotels due to insufficient student housing capacity, according to an ABC report 15. Senior Vice President of Education and Student Services James Rund , said there were still “a few hundred” students in hotels.
Crow said he hadn’t heard of any extraordinary problems with students living in hotels other than “they keep ordering room service.” University housing assigned some community assistants to live in hotels with residents.
“We rent out the hotel and it’s run as a residence (hall) so it’s just a different building,” Crow said. “Now that’s not ideal, but it’s still what parents want and what students want.”
To address the problem of student housing capacity, Crow said ASU was in “growth mode”. The University is building a residence hall on West Campus and plans to build more residence halls on the Tempe campus.
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In addition to student housing, Crow said the University also plans to expand affordable housing for its staff and graduate students.
“Some people might be upset that we’re doing this because they think we’re entering the market, so to speak,” Crow said. “We are not trying to affect the market. We are trying to keep our staff.”
ASU has a food insecurity plan. It’s not a pantry
While Crow said the University is not opposed to opening a permanent University-supported pantry similar to the student-run Pitchfork Pantry, he said he already has a protocol. in place for students struggling with food insecurity.
The University offers students who have a demonstrated need for assistance accessing food either a scholarship model that covers the cost of a meal plan or employment that includes the cost of food” depending on ( their work”.
Arizona PBS Did Nothing Wrong With The Governor’s Debates
Arizona PBS’ decision to hold a question-and-answer session with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, after she declined a debate against Republican opponent Kari Lake, was justified, Crow said.
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According to Crow, the University has fulfilled the three duties that come with operating a public television station: to be fair and balanced, to honor existing contracts, and to work for the public.
Crow said Arizona’s Clean Elections Commission failed to fulfill its end of contract with the station when it was unable to secure the two candidates for a debate and instead scheduled a session Q&A with Lake.
“If we find ourselves in a situation where one person comes forward for a failed model of debate, the only way to be fair and balanced is to allow the other person to speak as well,” Crow said.
Athletics focus on Aguano before seeking new coach
Crow said the University is not yet looking for a new football head coach, but is instead focused on supporting interim head coach Shaun Aguano for the remainder of this season.
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“If (Aguano) wants to try the job, then you don’t start looking for the new coach now, you’re looking for the new coach…at the end of the season,” Crow said.
Crow also described a deal former head coach Herm Edwards made with the University saying Edwards would take a 50% buyout — about $4.4 million paid over the next three years.
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ASU hopes to find a solution between Mirabella and Shady Park
Crow said the University supports resolving the dispute between the longtime downtown Tempe music venue, Shady Park, and Mirabella at ASU, a retirement community in downtown Tempe. outside the courtroom.
“Courts are good at solving problems when you can’t find a solution. I prefer to find one before that,” he said.
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Students wishing to have an abortion will be “supported”
Amid changes to federal and state abortion laws, Crow said any ASU student who wants an abortion will be “supported,” but the University will also follow state law.
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Although ASU Health Services does not provide abortions, nurses and other health service providers will be able to provide medical advice.
“No law says you don’t give advice to people,” Crow said. “No law says you don’t help people make decisions…at least not in Arizona.”
Editors Greta Forslund, Piper Hansen, Wyatt Myskow, Sophia Balasubramanian, and Jasmine Kabiri contributed to this article.
Edited by Wyatt Myskow, David Rodish and Piper Hansen.
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