Co$tly deception abounds
ASU President Michael Crow is back to his old tricks of dropping tuition rates for illegal alien students. We wrote this back in 2007, pointing out that Crow was skirting the provisions of Prop 300, a voter-approved law that, among other matters, requires such students pay higher, out-of-state tuition rates. The law passed overwhelmingly 1,060,444 to 423,994.
Fast forward to March 6, 2013. The amnesty-supporting Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) headline cheers the news: “Crow backs lower migrant tuition.” The daily newspaper is keen on cunningly using imprecise words such as “migrant” and “undocumented“ to describe illegals. “Migrants” sound deceptively akin to the swallows, making their yearly journey each March 19 to California’s Mission San Juan Capistrano, and departing for their home in Argentina the following October 23. Our “migrants” come here in violation of our laws and national sovereignty and never leave.
Acquaint yourself with the severe restrictions imposed by Mexico’s Constitution on foreign-born, naturalized Mexican citizens. Those who enter Mexico illegally are not even this fortunate.
Tuition and fee increases were the order of the day for Arizona’s three universities going into the 2011-12 school year as the Arizona Board of Regents provided the double-digit increases the schools requested. ASU freshmen received a 20 percent hike, to $9,716 a year. UA undergraduates stared wide-eyed at a 22 percent increase, and NAU students found themselves facing an 11 percent increase. At the time, only two of the nine regents voted against the increases. Room-and-board costs can add an additional $10,000.
It’s doubtful these real-world issues factor with the over-paid Crow. Crow’s wife Sybil Francis is also on the ASU payroll as a six-figure ‘senior advisor.’ (Her precise salary is well hidden.) Here’s a review worth checking out: Crow’s annual salary of $475,000 plus benefits comes in at $742,500. There’s that $50,000 housing allowance to assist in maintaining their exclusive $1,250,000 Paradise Valley digs, and a nifty $10,000 yearly car allowance. The ASU Foundation on which his wife serves as a “senior advisor” to the group advocating her husband’s pay increases, kicks in an additional $100,000 annually in compensation. His yearly $85,500 pension and $22,000 in retirement, would round it all out nicely…but then there are the proposed yearly crank-up bonuses: 2013: Up to $40,000, 2014: Up to $40,000, and the major step-up in 2015: Up to $180,000 for exceeding benchmarks for freshman retention, research revenue, bachelor’s degrees awarded and transfer students.
Living high, Michael Crow doesn’t quite get the plight of struggling students. The faltering economy is not on his radar screen. He and his wife are clearly not in danger of losing their Paradise Valley mansion to foreclosure.
The crushingly large tuition hikes were frozen going into 2012-2013 for the first time in 20 years. Given Michael Crow’s grand scale generosity to foreign national students, expect tuition and fees to soar again for Arizona‘s citizen students. The money will have to come from somewhere.