The Arizona Board of Regents is making efforts to improve the quality of both the brick-and-mortar Arizona universities as well as online schools in Arizona. That said, the board has introduced and supported a number of important initiatives.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Strategic Realignment 2010 Forward
The Arizona Board of Regents proposed an initiative called the Strategic Realignment 2010 Forward, which is projected to help make significant progress in Arizona higher education. Particularly for online colleges in Arizona, the regents hope to increase Arizona State University’s online enrollment to 30,000 – up from 3,000; increase Northern Arizona University’s online enrollment to 15,000 – up from 7,000; and expand the number of online degree options at every Arizona university, which will help enhance and increase each university’s efficiency and effectiveness.
Tri-University Scholars Portal Project
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved more than $1 million to fund an online library for Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. In doing this, the board has supported the creation of the largest electronic library in the U.S. Online college students now have access to an array of scholarly resources, online courses, and online programs. The board did this as a way to pave the path for increasing more online-accessible educational tools for college students.
Application for Technology-Based Learning and Support (ATLAS)
Through the Application for Technology-Based Learning and Support (ATLAS) the board sought the approval for $25 million to fund a stronger online delivery component of many of Arizona State University’s educational tools and individual degrees. The university was addressing the increase in student enrollment and decline in faculty by implementing more advanced learning tools through online modules. Furthermore, the initiative was designed to improve the university’s website, collaboration tools, student involvement tools, faculty services, course delivery tools, and online courses, among numerous other items. Using schools like Penn State University, Brigham Young University, the University of New Mexico, etc., the board demonstrated that a strong online platform was key in moving into the future of education.