â€œWe look at community colleges as partners, and we understand that they play a critical role in higher education,â€ University of Phoenix spokesman Ryan Rauzon told The American Independent.
â€œClearly every state budget vote is about priorities, and having community colleges offer baccalaureate degrees clearly is not a priority in Arizona right now,â€ Rauzon said, noting that state lawmakers have repeatedly voted against the programs.
â€œWhy not focus limited public resources on the clear mission of community colleges: to provide two-year degrees?â€ he
Rauzon confirmed that the company has funded research for the lobbying effort and that it is a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Arizona, the association that has recently lobbied against community college baccalaureate degrees.
Rauzon, the University of Phoenix spokesman, said the company registered to lobby on the bill only out of an abundance of caution.
The University of Phoenix lobbyist, Rauzon said, made a single inquiry regarding an amendment to the bill.
According to Rauzon
, the company did not take an official position for or against the legislation.
said that the University of Phoenix
will evaluate any future legislation when it becomes available.