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Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development 2008-10: The Southern Arizona Region, US



The OECD review report for Southern Arizona "Higher Education in Regional and City Development - Southern Arizona, United States" is available here.


The executive summary is available here.


By participating in the OECD Review of Higher Education in Regional and City Development, the region hopes to:

  • Understand better HEIs’ strategies
  • Raise attention of HEIs on regional priorities
  • Improve co-operation among HEIs and other business and industry partners within the region, with a special attention to SMEs
  • Increase visibility of the higher education system at the international level in order to create opportunities for international co-operation with leading edge research institutions.

Southern Arizona is a major gateway for trade in Mexico. Its economic engine, the Tucson metropolitan area, has developed into a hub of light-based industries but ranks near the bottom third of US cities in per capita income. It has high population growth with mix of high end retirees and young Hispanics whose needs and expectation do not always meet. The region has a diverse tertiary education sector with community colleges and the University of Arizona which is the second biggest employer and a major research institution renowned for it multidisciplinary approaches.


This publication explores the following

  • How to address the needs of the diverse population, in a time of financial stringency and declining funding for education
  • How to meet the challenge of the post-crisis economy,
  • How to fuel local growth and create high quality jobs and new businesses.


Key issues in Southern Arizona

  • Widening access to higher education
  • Reducing drop-out rates from HE


More about Southern Arizona, its higher education institutions, and its HEIs' role in regional development


Regional Co-ordinator in Southern Arizona


Francisco Marmolejo
Assistant Vice President for Western Hemispheric Programmes
University of Arizona
PO Box 210158
888 N. Euclid Ave. / University Services Bldg.
Tucson, AZ 85721



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