[Source: The Arizona Republic] – The Arizona Board of Regents is drawing a road map for how to reshape higher education in the state, and ideas being floated include a dramatic expansion of online education and a new taxing source for universities to add to or replace legislative funding.
The ideas, unveiled at a regents meeting Friday, also include privatizing some universities’ schools, eliminating underperforming or duplicate academic programs and doubling research grant dollars.
The so-called Arizona Higher Education Enterprise is part of a strategy approved by the regents last year that seeks to increase the percentage of adults with bachelor’s degrees by 2020. The purpose is to help make the state more competitive economically and generate higher-paying jobs.
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