Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the board that oversees the state's three public universities to come up with a new strategic plan that cuts administrative expenses and makes college more affordable.
But Ducey also made no promise to the university Board of Regents on Thursday that they might see higher funding to help cover that goal. Instead, he said deeps cuts in university and other funding he signed off on in the upcoming budget might be "permanent."
Ducey's appearance comes about five weeks after he signed a budget that cut 13 percent from state funding of universities.
The regents have been reviewing finances at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. On Friday, they're expected to release tuition proposals for the 2015-2016 school year.