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Sep 4, 2012 4:43 PM by Sarah Arevalo

VIDEO: UA lays out vision for future with new president Hart

TUCSON- The University of Arizona's new president, Anne Weaver Hart, has appointed new administrators and staff, and engaged deans and other UA officials to better positions.

UA's future will be based on a state and global context, university officials state in a news release. This is informed by the nation coming out of one of the worst recessions in its history, at a time where prices on everyday items are increasing and when higher education opportunities are in greater demand.

President Hart Welcomes Students to New Academic Year - Courtesy University of Arizona via YouTube

"We must not lose sight of how critically important it is for our state and for our ability to have a prosperous and culturally and socially productive future that we have very well-educated citizens," Hart stated.

The University's mission is to expand educational opportunities, to generate new knowledge and also to attract top-level scholars and accomplished graduate students, university officials stated.
In her presidency at Temple University, Hart successfully led the institution in a major capital campaign that resulted in $380 million in funding, more than the initial goal, officials stated. Her mission for both Temple University and the University of Arizona was to expand research portfolios, improve student diversity and success, usher in major infrastructure improvements and strengthen university bonds with both the business sector and community-based organizations.

Hart also views advising and long-term academic planning as hugely important to students.

"It is crucial that we do everything we can to support students who are under stress and in danger of dropping out," Hart said.

"There is nothing more awful in the current American educational system than borrowing money to go to school and then dropping out," she said. "You still have the debt and you don't have the degree, and we need to prevent that from happening to University of Arizona students."

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