/ Modified may 1, 2010 3:24 a.m.

UA/ASU Medical School Split

Three years ago, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University partnered to open a new medical school in Phoenix. But now, as the school is getting ready to break ground on a new building ASU has decided to back out of the partnership.

ASU President Dr. Larry Crow said the decision was made because the medical school is not a priority for the university and given the current budget situation ASU simply does not have the money to continue the partnership.

U of A officials say while the withdrawal does cause some problems overall it is not too much of a problem. Part of the reason for that is the fact that ASU was a minority partner, supplying only 25% of the money. Regarding faculty, only seven of the teaches at the Phoenix medical school are from ASU and U of A officials say they can afford to hire those faculty members or bring others in to replace them.

ASU will remain involved with the medical school for a few more weeks but will formally withdraw after the Board of Regents approves the change.

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