Last week, I attended Governor Doug Ducey's State of the State address to hear his vision and priorities for Arizona in the year ahead. In his remarks, he recognized the contributions of the state's public universities, specifically highlighting ASU's trajectory as the most innovative school in the nation for two years running, and his desire to work together to boost Arizona higher education. He also announced the establishment of an Arizona Teachers' Academy, an initiative to improve preparation and retention of quality K-12 teachers in our state, which I have endorsed.
It was good to hear this acknowledgement of the significant ways that our postsecondary system helps to move the state forward - socially, economically and culturally. It is also understandably important to see the importance of that broad impact reflected in the Governor's annual budget proposal for the state's universities. ASU's entrepreneurial strategy has helped us to efficiently navigate past funding challenges, but state investment in the success of our students and our knowledge enterprise remains integral.
Governor Ducey released his FY18 budget proposal last Friday, and I was encouraged by its inclusion of commitments to resident students, research infrastructure expansion, and facility improvements. This support will help ASU and Arizona to advance in overall competitiveness, and I invite you to learn more in my budget response below.