ASU budget cuts may hurt suburbs, but help downtown Phoenix

[Source: Mike Sunnucks, Phoenix Business Journal] — State budget cuts have evoked plenty of misery these days at Arizona State University — except at the downtown Phoenix campus. ASU is axing programs, limiting freshman admissions, furloughing workers, and telling some departments to turn off their coffee makers in response to $88 million in state budget cuts.  ASU President Michael Crow has said more cuts could force the school to shut down its East and West Valley campuses and double tuition.

But the school’s campus in downtown Phoenix is growing as ASU moves programs there from ASU Polytechnic and ASU West.  The downtown campus is funded through a $223 million bond program approved by city of Phoenix voters in 2006 and so is largely immune to state budget issues.  ASU is moving its nursing, nutrition, education, and social work degree programs downtown, as well as some administrative offices from ASU West and Polytechnic.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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