Ariz. universities update Brewer on degree plan

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GLENDALE (AP) -- The presidents of Arizona's three public universities told Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday that they're on pace to double the amount of bachelor's degrees they award in the next 10 years.

Under the plan, up to five new campuses will offer only bachelor's degrees with limited, more service-driven majors. The campuses also would have cheaper in-state tuition than Arizona State, Northern Arizona and the University of Arizona.

The plan also calls for the universities to partner with current two-year schools to offer four-year degrees, allow more transfers and create dual-enrollment options.

The idea is that the more educated Arizonans there are, the greater the state's economic prosperity and quality of life will be.