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Arizona Edition: NAU President Addresses College Affordability and the Future of NAU-Yuma

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College is back in session across the state, including on the Yuma campus of Arizona Western College (AWC), where KAWC is located.

AWC shares space with all three of Arizona’s public universities, each offering a variety of programs to local students.

This week we focus Northern Arizona University. For the last year it has been under new leadership with Jose Luis Cruz Rivera serving as president.

We spoke with the NAU leader about his first year on the job and some of the issues confronting higher education today – particularly the high costs that can be discouraging for students, and increasing rhetoric from some criticizing the need for college degrees at all.

Jose Luis Cruz Rivera is President of Northern Arizona University. For more on his first year in office and future plans, visit this article he wrote for the Flagstaff Business News.

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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