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For Immediate Release:

Monday, Nov. 6, 2006

Goodyear To Hold Higher Education Conference



(GOODYEAR, AZ)  The City of Goodyear has invited six institutes of higher learning to a joint conference on Nov. 9-11, 2006 at the Wigwam Resort. Five private colleges/universities and one state university will attend Goodyear’s “Higher Education Conference.”


The purpose of the conference is to bring all the learning institutions that expressed interest in Goodyear together in a common setting so they can all see and learn first-hand about Goodyear and its goals and also to exchange information with the City and the other institutions in attendance.


“When I initiated the Request for Interest from private colleges, I did it with the idea of locating one private institution of higher learning in Goodyear to help make us a first-class city, help improve our workforce and provide learning opportunities for our citizens,” stated Goodyear Mayor Jim Cavanaugh. “However, with the great response we received, I began envisioning Goodyear as the home to several colleges – possibly with shared assets, each enriching the other and all of them enriching our community. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the schools and the City, especially with Goodyear’s accelerated growth rate.”


One of the speakers at the conference will be Mayor Peter S. Yao of Claremont, CA. Claremont is home to The Claremont Colleges Consortium. Yao will speak about the consortium of five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions with a central organization that provides services shared by all students, faculty, and staff. The eight institutions support and strengthen each other to become more than the sum of their parts, and all but one are located on adjacent campuses. Students at The Claremont Colleges enjoy the individualized academic attention of a small college and the resources of a major university. The Colleges not only share a library system, athletic facilities, and extra-curricular activities, but also offer joint academic programs and cross-registration in courses.


The six institutions planning to attend the conference include:

          - Notre Dame College of South Euclid, Ohio

          - University of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, Texas

          - University of St. Francis of Joliet, Ill.

          - Franklin Pierce College of Rindge, New Hampshire

          - Midwestern University of Downers Grove, Ill and Glendale, AZ

          - Northern Arizona University of Flagstaff, AZ


Other keynote speakers at the event are Sara Murley of Applied Economics and Dr. James Zaharis, Greater Phoenix Leadership, VP of Education. The conference will also give Goodyear developers and the colleges a chance to meet and begin discussions on doing business with one another.


Goodyear went out with its initial RFI in March 2006 to initiate a dialogue between the City and interested schools and has been receiving responses from institutions since April. An article on Goodyear’s unique approach to attracting a college that appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education in July helped increase the awareness of Goodyear among the nation’s many postsecondary institutions. Nine out-of-state schools initially contacted the City. Their responses were evaluated by a committee of individuals with expertise in the field of education which culled the list to five that seemed the best fit with Goodyear. Three of the original five will be at the conference plus other institutions that have since shown interest.


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