AZ universities feel students’ pain as tuition spirals and money dries up

Michael Crow sends explanatory emails with video link to students

Tuition costs at Arizona’s three universities are rising at an alarming rate, requiring more students to take out loans to meet the increased cost of college.

Even those with federal grants, school scholarships and part-time jobs, often find the need for loans to cover the increasing costs.

Last school year, 53 percent of undergraduate students at Arizona’s three universities graduated with debt, up from 47 percent four years earlier. The average debt was around $17,500, according to a report in the daily.

On Friday, ASU President Michael Crow sent an e-mail with a video link to students and faculty, explaining the rationale behind ASU’s proposed tuition increases and inviting students who were experiencing financial challenges to contact the university’s financial-aid advisers.

What if the majority show up?

Seeing Red AZ has previously written about ASU President Crow and his excesses — both in salary and bonus packages and policies, which include scholarships to students in this country illegally — a topic on which the Arizona Republic gives him full cover. Crow’s wife, Sybil Francis, is also on the payroll with a six-figure income for her duties as a “senior advisor.”

Meanwhile, student fees and tuition rates continue to escalate, while Crow ensures that illegal alien students, whom he refers to as “special-class international students” are the recipients of financial largess from his caché of private benefactors, enabling them to obtain in-state tuition, adverse to the restrictions imposed by voter approved Proposition 300.

In June the Arizona Board of Regents unanimously voted to gift Crow a 25 percent raise in pay and benefits bringing him to a record $720,000 a year. That figure excludes the additional bonus of $150,000.

“I view this as sort of ‘carry on and work harder,’ ” Crow said as he thanked the board at the meeting at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

A recent Republic article detailed the compensation packages of the state’s three university presidents. Michael Crow is, of course, among the top earners of all public university presidents.

And he sends students an email video rationalizing their tuition hikes?

This man has an abundance of both money and raw nerve.

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5 Responses to AZ universities feel students’ pain as tuition spirals and money dries up

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    Even with a cursory reading. It’s clear that additional funding could be found by giving the arrogant Crow a pay cut, excising his wife from the payroll for doing what any good spouse does unpaid, and using the money he is able to get to educate illegals, put to good use by educating Arizona students who are American citizens.
    This man is a real piece of work.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I would think any reasonably intelligent person, possessing a modicum of decency, would be too embarrassed to send out such a memo.

  3. RA says:

    ASU is the most expensive cheap university there is.

  4. ron says:

    Ottawa University is an accredited university – private – quality education -at a price less than ASU. Check it out.

  5. It’s odd that the Republic asked Crow to comment about Janet Napolitano. She doesn’t like Crow. That’s well known around the state capitol. But I guess when Crow gets $170,000,000 from HB2211he better say nice things about Janet Napolitano.