AZ Universities admit they have plenty of money

Yesterday, we noted that Arizona’s state universities were seeking substantial tuition hikes as they whined about depleted funding, all the while spending like drunken sailors — on themselves.

Base salaries (excluding compensation packages, and bonuses), were shown to be astronomically high. This database was last updated in 2008.

Well, lo and behold, and much to our surprise, even the Arizona Republic has outed them as deceptive  — reporting that they have “more money today than they did three years ago.”

The presidents of Arizona State University (Michael Crow), Northern Arizona University (John Haeger) and the University of Arizona (Robert Shelton) all appeared before legislative committee members yesterday to plead their case.

Kudos to House Appropriations Chairman John Kavanagh (R-Dist.8), who noted that the three-university system has $595 million more in revenue now than it did before the economic downturn began.

“If that’s true,” said Kavanagh,  “they should have no problem with a funding reduction.”

7 Responses to AZ Universities admit they have plenty of money

  1. Doc says:

    HHHEEEYYYY!!!!!!! Everybody else gets to raise their prices & charge more for LESS!!! HOW COME Arizona’s 3 major schools of liberal learnin’ don’t get to?!?!?!?

    Read the Arizona State Constitution, gang! Read it on “University Education”…it’s specifically covered.

    And as for these University President’s & their desire to increase their salaries while decreasing the quality of our students educations, isn’t their boolsheet illegal? Why are these people allowed to remain in their respective positions?

  2. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    “The presidents of Arizona State University (Michael Crow), Northern Arizona University (John Haeger) and the University of Arizona (Robert Shelton) all appeared before legislative committee members yesterday to plead their case (for more taxpayer money),”

    When you see that bs, think of the following:

    MYTH: there is a correlation between SPENDING on education and the QUALITY of education.

    There isn’t any correlation! Want proof?

    Look at california. Even though the state has been bankrupt by the tax-and-spend death-spiral policies of the lunatic-left d-crat socialists that control the legislature, their pals in the out-of-control unions have seen to it that california spends MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE ON EDUCATION (no matter how you count the spending: per student, per school, etc). CA’s spending on education has increased more than 190% since 1990 and this spending now consumes 40% of the entire state budget.

    So is california education the BEST?

    FACT: California ranks as the SECOND WORST STATE in education – at ALL levels – based on nearly every test!

    Also consider this: From 1980 to 2007, the U.S. increased K-12 education spending by a whopping 571 percent (from $101 billion in 1980 to $581 billion in 2007). That works out to over $10,000 per student per year.

    All that money must have greatly increased learning, right? NO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Every year, college-bound high school seniors take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATs) to assess “academic readiness for college.” From 1980 to 2008, the average SAT score for critical reading stayed absolutely flat (502 to 502), while the average SAT math score climbed from 492 to 515 – an increase of just 4.6 percent.

    Just chalk up this matter as another one of the many, many lies, distortions, misrepresentations, half-truths and propaganda that the teacher’s union and their pals in the socialist media throw out to an uninformed public.

  3. Vince says:

    Test scores and standards have fallen while the teacher’s unions have grown fatter. Have you ever seen the “man on the street” interviews with college students training to be teachers? They don’t know who the Pilgrims were or where they came from. They can’t locate Japan or England on a map and laugh about their lack of basic knowledge. How are they equipped to teach our children to be competitive in the global marketplace when they are dunces themselves?

  4. Jason says:

    This is one of the more disheartening videos on the education unions you are likely to see. It’s short. Watch it through. I guarantee you’ll feel sick to your stomach at what the education establishment has become.

    • Standing Tall says:

      Quite a video, Jason. Makes you think twice about those NEA teachers and their disgusting unions honchos. This guy was being honored for 30 years of “service” as the AEA legal counsel! I was taken aback by the issues he thought to be so worthy of note. Not one of them had to do with students, curricula or teaching standards. He was stuck on “gay” rights, strikes, higher salaries and promoting the union. Not one word about educating America’s children!

  5. Debra J. White says:

    The public is sick of Mike Crow’s demands. ASU has plenty of money. Half of the students don’t pay tuition as Crow said. Crow has no shortage of money to hire assistants in his office namely Wellington Reiter a former dean who left ASU a few years ago to take over as president of the school at the Chicago Art Institute. Now Reiter works in Crow’s office. Why did Reiter leave Chicago to take a lower position with Crow? I smell a big fat rat. It’s all at taxpayer expense. Crow runs ASU like Hosni Mubarek. Get rid of Crow and tuition will go down.

  6. sherriaz says:

    America will soon become the nation of the educated elite. Kids will have to extend the time they are in college- if they can go at all- so that they can work and pay for it. Many parents can ill afford to put money away for college tuition because they must first fund their own retirement. Meanwhile the education that is received is of less value than when I went to college because of the slanted progressive agenda and the emphasis on indoctrination over a true education.

    Beef up the education for trades and allow community colleges to grant lower cost Bachelor degrees. Many people, myself included, would return to college to get a Masters if not for the cost.

    We also need to remain focused on illegals, most of whom are working while Americans still remain unemployed or underemployed, and remove them to open up opportunities for jobs and higher wages.