The University of Arizona has made major strides with its 100% Engagement initiative, which guarantees all undergraduate students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field before they graduate.
The initiative, an important component of the University's Never Settle plan, provides students with formally documented, experiential education opportunities in the form of internships, research projects, service learning, community volunteerism and other activities.
The Arizona Assurance Scholars Program, begun in 2008 at the University of Arizona, provides low-income students with the opportunity to pursue a college education through a combination of resources.
The program, funded with public and private support, covers students' tuition, fees and books for four years and campus residence for the freshman year. To qualify, students must document their financial need and have a 3.0 grade-point average. Funding comes from federal aid, grants, donors and the students' part-time jobs. About 70 percent are first-generation college students.