Green Valley Concert Association Piano Competition

Rich Amada
March 22, 1999

The Arizona Board of Regents approved on Feb. 25 a UA request to lease three apartment complexes near campus that will add an additional 620 beds to the Residence Life total. The units will be available for the fall 2000 semester.

The UA is trying to address a temporary shortage of campus student housing caused by an increase in student interest until other residence halls are built in 2002. So far the UA has received 500 more applications for student housing than the year before.

Vice President for Campus Life Saundra Taylor told regents that the UA sent out a request for proposal for new area apartment space last fall and received 10 responses. Three offers were approved by Residence Life: Corleone Apartments at Drachman and Park Avenue, Palm Shadows on Speedway near Campbell, and Skyview Apartments on East Eighth Street.

Two of the units lie outside the University's planning area. The potential leases were discussed with area residents last November, according to material supplied to regents.

In other action, earlier in the day, the regents heard a progress report from its group on learner-centered education. The six-member group composed of two regents, two faculty and two regents staff, is developing a plan for regents approval to encourage learner-centered education at the three universities.

The group has identified issues that inhibit learner-centered education and suggest ways to promote its adoption across the university system.

As part of its initial report, it has defined learner-centered education: "A strategy of education that places the improvement of student learning at the center of decision- making processes and policies at all levels of the institution. It is characterized by the use of clear, measurable goals and student outcomes, and the direct involvement of learners in activities that produce deeper understanding of the content through the development of skills that are readily transferable to life and work. An additional central goal is to prepare self-directed learners who can continue learning beyond their formal education."

The group says a plan cannot move forward without the aid of the regents, the approval of the university presidents and extensive faculty input and discussion.


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