Arizona Board of Regents

The Arizona Board of Regents, established under the state constitution to serve as a governing body to oversee public higher education, is a composed of eight citizen volunteers and two students who are appointed by the state governor. The governor and the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction serve as ex-officio members. The board's mission is to ensure qualified residents have access to undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and promote the discovery, application and dissemination of new knowledge, extending the benefits of university activities to all state residents.

The board creates policy and provides guidance on academic and student affairs, strategic plans, legal affairs and public outreach. The board regulates financial management, capital development and sets tuition and fees. 

The board's strategic plan outlines the path for the state universities to achieve the 2020 Vision goals based on each institution's differentiated mission to offer more opportunities to Arizona residents, maximize existing resources and create efficiencies through partnerships.

Arizona universities implement innovations that improve student success.
Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University have partnered with the state's community colleges to offer more pathways to a degree. This video highlights several of those collaborations, including the groundbreaking CCC2NAU program implemented by Coconino Community College and NAU in 2008. Watch the video here.
Research, technology and metrics highlight Regents meeting
Technology, research initiatives and performance metrics were dominant themes during the June 7-8, 2012, Arizona Board of Regents meeting in Flagstaff. NAU President John Haeger presented the university's business plan that included increasing the use of technology in academics in order to meet goals in the board’s Arizona Higher Education Enterprise plan. Read more...
Regents OK NAU’s tuition, approve athletics VP contract
The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approved the tuition and mandatory fee proposals for the 2012-13 academic year from all three state universities at the regularly scheduled April 5 meeting at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The board also approved the five-year contract proposed for Lisa Campos as NAU's new vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics. Read more...
Governor appoints NAU student to Arizona Board of Regents
March 12, 2012—Gov. Jan Brewer has appointed Northern Arizona University political science major Kaitlin Thompson as the next student member to serve a two-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents. If the appointment is confirmed by the full Legislature, her term will begin July 1. Read more...
ABOR, universities stand united against guns on campus
Feb. 17, 2012—The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously passed a resolution against allowing guns on university campuses during its regularly scheduled meeting in Tempe. The three university police chiefs presented on campus safety in relation to the latest proposed state legislation approved by the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee. Read the full summary...
Regents pass zero-tolerance conduct policy
Dec. 2, 2011—The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously passed a resolution that addresses violent or threatening conduct in the university system. The motion was passed during the regularly scheduled meeting held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Read the full summary...
Regents approve NAU budget request focused on innovative technology
Sept. 23, 2011—Instructional innovation at Northern Arizona University and an incremental step to reducing disparity in per-student funding were part of a fiscal year 2013 budget request approved by the Arizona Board of Regents during its meeting on the NAU campus. Read the full summary...
Regents pondering university funding models
Aug. 5, 2011—With the Arizona universities’ funding requests for FY2013 set for consideration by the Arizona Board of Regents next month, the board examined alternative funding models to help formulate a strategy that may allow each of the institutions to yield greater public support. Read the full summary...
Partnerships, innovation are key to next 5 years at NAU
June 17, 2011—Enrollment numbers have continued a record-breaking climb over the last five years as Arizona’s universities have tried to educate more students with the same dollars, NAU President John Haeger said during the Arizona Board of Regents’ regularly scheduled meeting in Flagstaff. Read the full summary...
Regents OK tuition, 'rebate' for incoming Pledge students
April 8, 2011—The Arizona Board of Regents approved the universities’ tuition and rate proposals in a marathon session in Tucson that included more than six hours of discussion and debate. Read the full summary...
NAU's 'college-going culture' highlighted at regents' meeting
Feb. 18, 2011—"NAU is growing a college-going culture through seamless joint admissions throughout the state," said Fred Hurst, NAU senior vice president for Extended Campuses, at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents at Arizona State University. Hurst cited programs such as CCC2NAU that bring community college students into the university by offering intensive advising and access to support services. Read the full summary...