Phase 1 Of Colossal ASU Tempe Makeover Begins; 20,000 Jobs Expected

Via The first phase of a project that will fundamentally reshape the east end of the Arizona State University campus and help fund the university’s athletic department is under way. ASU and Oakland, California-based Catellus Development Corp., aim to develop 330 acres of ASU property and ultimately expect to bring about 20,000 jobs and 5,000 residents to the area. The sports facilities district project, dubbed the Novus Innovation Corridor,

6 Arizona Young Women Are Taking On The STEM Gender Gap

Via Think of the last time you went to get your car’s engine looked at or needed help recovering files on a computer. Who helped you? Odds are, it wasn’t a woman. Historically, men have dominated science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, fields. That can be problematic; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says STEM occupations grew at twice the rate of other jobs from 2009 to 2015 and tend to pay more than the

UA Offers High-tech Labs For Students To Explore, Work

Via Nowhere is UA’s science prestige more visible than the many high-tech labs dotted around campus. Here are three that incoming UA students can work at during their school years: The Arizona Simulation Technology and Education Center (ASTEC) lab aims to help familiarize students with various types of medical procedures, without the use of actual human bodies. ASTEC is located in the College of Medicine, connected to Banner –

Via A year ago, Kelly Blake was stressed out. The Arizona Summit Law School graduate was studying for the state bar examination and suspected her chance of passing was about 50 percent. “A bar coach told me that if I was having doubts, there was this program coming up,” says Blake, referring to the school’s Legal Residency Program. To participate in it, Arizona Summit graduates would delay taking a

Top Arizona Official Wants Tax Hike For Teacher Raises

Via Arizona’s top education official on Thursday said she wants voters to extend and increase a sales tax dedicated to K-12 schools to fund big teacher raises and building repair and construction. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said her proposal increases a current 6/10 of a percent sales tax to a full percent to generate an additional $400 million a year. Most of that money would fund an

Via A group of Arizona school districts and several school groups announced Friday they plan to sue the Legislature over cuts to funding for public school buildings and maintenance. The Arizona School Boards Association called a news conference for Monday to provide details of the lawsuit. It is is expected to seek at least hundreds of millions of dollars for schools that the Legislature has not funded since the

State Awards First Loan Guarantees To Charter Schools, But Legal Questions Persist

Via The state has awarded the first two loan guarantees to privately owned charter schools in a program that has raised questions about its legality. That Academy of Math and Sciences is getting $24.8 million in what Gov. Doug Ducey is calling “credit enhancements.” That will allow them to borrow money at lower rates to expand existing campuses in west Phoenix and South Tucson. And the Arizona Agribusiness and

With ABOR Approval, NAU's New Honors Residence Hall One Step Closer To Completion

Via The Arizona Board of Regents approved construction of Northern Arizona University’s Honors College Living and Learning Community at its meeting in Tucson last week. The 204,656-square-foot building, which is going up at University Drive and Knoles Drive, includes bedrooms, classrooms, a student advising center and study areas. It is a state-of-the-art building designed to be a place where Honors College students can live, study, congregate and collaborate with

Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center For Girls & Women Opens

Via Construction has been completed on the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s (GSACPC) Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls & Women at Camp South Mountain, an $18 million year-round urban program center with camp appeal. The center, which is located on 14.5 acres in the South Mountain community at 1611 E. Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix, increases the local council’s capacity to serve more girls with relevant programming, from aquatics to

Medical Marijuana Ban Law at Arizona Colleges Overturned By Appeals Court

Via Arizona state lawmakers erred by passing legislation barring medical marijuana on college campuses, an appellate court ruled Thursday. While Arizonians voted in 2010 in favor of establishing a statewide medical marijuana program, their Legislature passed a law two years later making it a crime to possess pot on college and university campuses. The state Court of Appeals on Thursday said the Legislature violated the Arizona Constitution’s protections for