July 30, 2018

UA President Talks Title IX Reform, Boosting Academic Performance

A discussion with Dr. Robert Robbins as he prepares for his second school year at the UA.

As the University of Arizona prepares for a new school year, this week Arizona 360 checked in with President Robert Robbins. Lorraine Rivera asked Robbins how his administration is addressing accusations of Title IX violations directed at the UA and its Athletics Department.

"We’re going to be very focused on a program that will reorganize our Title IX efforts, and I would even say our Title VII discrimination efforts, to proactively go out and… keep this on the front burner of something we're talking about," Robbins said.

Robbins also discussed how he plans to improve academic success among students. A third of new students have to enroll in remedial math, according to Robbins. He said more stringent admissions requirements will ensure students enrolled at the university are prepared and will be less likely to drop out.

"It doesn't mean they can't come to the University of Arizona, but they've got to work their way up," Robbins said. "The last thing we want them to do is to come here and fail."

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