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They’re not community colleges, and they’re not typical four-year institutions — but they just might be the next big thing.
Arizona’s board of regents is considering proposals to open a number of college campuses that would offer just a few majors and cost a lot less to attend than the state’s universities.
The proposals for the “no-frills” schools are partly a response to recent sharp tuition increases at state universities.
The idea is to set up satellite locations associated with Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. The new schools would create a new option for students that falls between typical community colleges and large four-year schools.
A big focus of the new schools: Degree programs that teach trades.
The anticipated annual cost of attending one of the new programs would be about equal to the maximum amount students can receive under the federal Pell Grant program.
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