ASU's campus-based tuition proposal has no increase for in-state undergrads

February 24, 2012

3 percent increase proposed for graduate, out-of-state students for 2012-2013 academic year

Arizona State University has submitted a recommendation to the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) that has no increase in campus-based tuition for in-state undergraduate students and a minimal 3 percent increase for out-of-state undergraduate students and all graduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year. Download Full Image

The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the recommendation during their April 5-6 meeting.

Room and board rate proposals for next year will be submitted within a few weeks.

ASU, which is committed to quality and affordability, proposed new tuition levels that would allow campus-based new and continuing in-state undergraduate students to begin their financial plans for the next academic year based on current costs for Arizona residents. The university’s out-of-state undergraduate and graduate student populations can plan on minimal increases.

Compared to other states, Arizona has few four-year colleges and universities, which limits the educational opportunities for both youth and adults who want to return to school, and diminishes the state’s appeal to industries that require a highly trained work force. To address this situation, ASU in 2002 undertook an effort to expand its enrollment. 

In the last 10 years, ASU’s enrollment on its four campuses has climbed from about 50,000 students to more than 70,000. This was achieved while maintaining the rigorous traditional admissions requirements of public research universities committed to academic excellence. ASU’s academic quality has steadily improved. The academic profile of its student body is unsurpassed in the state. The student retention rate increased by 11 percent and the graduation rate by 10 percent.

An international survey recently ranked ASU the 78th best research university in the world and a recent Wall Street Journal study ranked ASU fifth nationally for the job readiness of its graduates.  

Tuition levels beyond the 2012-2013 academic year will depend on the level of future state investments and other factors. ABOR has proposed a plan to the state legislature that would bring an additional $60 million to ASU in state funding over the next five years.

The specific amounts of the proposed increase for out-of-state undergraduate students over the previous plan ranges from $589 to $654, depending on the student’s academic program. For in-state graduate students the proposed base increase is $291 and for out-of-state graduate students $715.

For a complete list of current and proposed tuition rates for undergraduate and graduate students, both in-state and out-of-state, see

Tuition hearings are scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m., March  28, at the following locations:

• Tempe campus, Alumni Lounge, MU

• West campus, La Sala C

• Polytechnic campus, Cooley Ballroom B

• Downtown Phoenix campus, NHI2-110

Those who cannot attend the hearing can send their comments via email to the Arizona Board of Regents at; by regular mail, at 2020 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004; or by fax at 602-229-2555. All comments received before 5 p.m., March 30, will be shared with the regents in advance of the April 5-6 ABOR meeting.

To review proposed tuition rates and specific differential tuition for school, program and course fee increases, visit

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Climate change studies focus of distinguished lecture with Berkeley director

February 24, 2012

Afforestation – the establishment of a forest where there was no forest previously –  is one possible proposed solution to slow the growing CO2 levels in the Earth’s atmosphere. But will this proposal actually have a positive impact on the greenhouse effect?

Inez Fung, professor of atmospheric science and founding director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, has studied climate change for the past 20 years and says this proposed solution will in fact enhance the greenhouse effect, triggering further melting of sea ice. Download Full Image

Fung will discuss her studies and the implications for carbon management in her lecture, “Eco-climate teleconnections: some thoughts about the climate consequences of large-scale afforestation” at 1:30 p.m., March 5, in the Memorial Union Turquoise room.

Fung’s research group has been investigating the impact of afforestation on climate using the National Center for Atmospheric Research global climate model.  Findings are showing that mid-latitude climates, those climate areas that are affected by both tropical and polar air-masses, will eventually no longer be able to support transpiration; the loss of water vapor in plants. In high-latitude climates, the regions that are affected by polar and artic air-masses, the opposite occurs. The results of this will affect the photosynthesis process in regions remote to the afforestation areas. 

Fung’s investigations in climate modeling predict a coevolution of CO2 and climate, concluding that the land and sea’s diminished capacities to store carbon will accelerate global warming.

Fung joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1998 as the first Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences and founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center and Berkeley Institute of the Environment. She is also a recent subject in a biography series by the National Academy of Sciences for middle-school students titled, “Women’s Adventures in Science.”

This distinguished lecture series is sponsored by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Science. It is free and open to the public. An abstract and more information on Fung and her research are online at

For more information on this and other lectures presented by the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences visit or contact 480-965-0210.

Caleen Canady,
School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications