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Arizona's Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No. 66, University of Arizona ranked No. 74, and Northern Arizona University ranked No. 79 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2017 list of the top 130 four-year universities. ASU online placed No. 13 on a separate ranking of the top 20 online and nontraditional schools. (December 2016)

Arizona Blue Ribbon School

U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon School program has recognized four Arizona schools with the Blue Ribbon Award. The honor recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools that achieve high levels of overall academic excellence or make significant improvements in closing the achievement gap with student subgroups. The Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools named in 2016 are: University High School in Tucson, Fuller Elementary in Tempe, Jack Barne Elementary in Queen Creek, and Vista Del Sur Traditional School in Laveen. (October 2016)

UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University of Arizona is ranked No. 156 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2016-17. The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. (October 2016)

University of Arizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

UA placed 76th in Washington Monthly Magazine's 2016 college rankings. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). (October 2016)

Tucson Most Romantic City

Readers of Travel and Leisure voted Tucson as the #6 most romantic city in the nation. According to the travelandleisure.com, Tucson is not just for snowbirds—it is also for lovebirds. (October 2016)

Tucson Among Top Ten Most Caring Cities

The real estate website Movoto has named Tucson to its list of America's 10 Most Caring Cities. Tucson received high marks for pet shelters, homeless services, counseling services, and the low crime rate. Outranked only by Atlanta and Austin, Tucson placed third on the real estate blog's listing. (October 2016)

UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

The Princeton Review has named UA's Eller College of Management (#19) as one of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation for online programs. The company chose the schools based on a survey of over 90 business schools offering online programs and used surveys from administers and students attending these schools. (September 2016)

The UA Made the Second Annual 'Reuters Top 100 — World's Most Innovative Universities'

The University of Arizona has again been recognized as one of the world's most innovative universities. Published by the media company Thomson Reuters, the list is based on data from 2009 through 2014, including patent filings, patent success and commercial success based on patent citations by others. Arizona ranked 63rd in the survey, down from 55th last year. (September 2016)

Three AZ Cities Ranked in the Top 50 for Cyclists

Tempe and Tucson came in back-to-back on the byclists.com list at 22nd and 23rd, while Scottsdale can be found on the list at No. 48. With great weather, beautiful scenery and plenty of trails to ride along, Arizona seems to be a cyclist's paradise. (September 2016)

The ENR2 Building at UA has Achieved LEED platinum Certification

ENR2 simultaneously became the largest project in the state of Arizona, by square footage, to earn the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED v2009 rating system. (September 2016)

University of Arizona ranks among the top Online MBA programs

UA ranked #16 of the 25 top Online MBA programs in the nation by The Princeton Review. (September 2016)

Tucson Ranked Top Running City

Tucson is ranked as #18 among the best 50 cities for running by Runners World. Tucson has views as you run through the trails in the Catalina Mountains. Or trails in Sabino Canyon, touting some of the best sky-scapes in the West. (September 2016)

UA Top Green Schools

Participation in Sierra Magazine's, Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. The University of Arizona ranked 162 out of the 201 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to stars.aashe.org to complete an extensive questionnaire about their campus sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), and the Princeton Review. (September 2016)

Arizona Among Best States for Community Colleges

Tohono O'Odham and Pima Community College ranked among the top community colleges in the U.S. by the personal finance website, WalletHub, which analyzed 821 colleges overall. (August 2016)

UA Cancer Center Retains Comprehensive Cancer Status

The Comprehensive Cancer Center designation gives Arizonans access to research-driven, highly personalized, cancer care and treatments. The UA Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive center with headquarters in Arizona — and one of 45 in the nation. The University of Arizona Cancer Center has been recognized for its multidisciplinary cancer research and research-driven clinical care through a highly competitive grant award from the National Cancer Institute. The NCI has renewed the center's status as a Comprehensive Cancer Center and awarded a five-year, $17.6 million Cancer Center Support Grant, based on the strength, depth and breadth of basic laboratory, clinical, prevention, control and population-based research. (August 2016)

University High and Catalina Foothills High School Top High Schools

Several Arizona schools were recognized as America's Top High Schools by Newsweek. University High ranked the highest at No. 30 and Catalina Foothills High School ranked No. 310. The Newsweek High School Rankings assess schools based on a broad range of data to determine which institutions do the best job of preparing students for college. (August 2016)

University of Arizona Top Research School

The University of Arizona among the top 150 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities rates research universities on academic "output" factors. This includes the number of articles faculty members publish in journals such as Science and Nature and the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prizes. (August 2016)

Tucson and Oro Valley are 2016 'Playful City USA Communities'

The national non-profit program, KaBoom, awarded the communities of Oro Valley and Tucson the designation of "Playful City USA Community" for the creative and innovative ways they incorporate play into their daily parks and recreation operations. (July 2016)

Tucson is One of 10 Best Cities for Return on Salary

With the University of Arizona as its nucleus, Tucson is a fast-growing city with a diverse job market. It ranks as one of the highest paying cities for healthcare fields, including psychiatry and surgery. The massive Banner University Medical Center plays a role in the Old Pueblo's growing healthcare sector. (July 2016)

UA Among Top 380 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named University of Arizona as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 380 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. (July 2016)

UA Ranks 73rd Worldwide

The University of Arizona was ranked 73rd among more than 25,000 higher education institutions worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings. CWUR annually publishes the only global university rankings that use quantitative measures to assess the quality of education, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of faculty research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses several indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities. (July 2016)

Banner-UMC Tucson Ranked Among Nation's Best

According to U.S. News & World Report, Banner-University Medical Center Tucson received National Rankings as #46 in Geriatrics #39 in Nephrology and High Performing in 7 Specialties (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Colon Cancer Surgery, Heart Bypass Surgery, Heart Failure, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement and Lung Cancer Surgery). The publication also rated Banner-University Medical Center as the best hospital in the Tucson metro area, and the No. 3 hospital in Arizona, after the Mayo Clinic and Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital. U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Less than 3 percent of hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. (July 2016)

Tucson Among Best Cities for Recreation

Tucson ranked 14th for best recreation and 4th for lowest average food price. WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics that speak to the relative benefits of public spaces and recreational activities across the country. For each city, they examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. (July 2016)

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No. 124 among all universities and No. 60 among public universities. (July 2016)

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Top City for Best Drivers

Tucson ranks 19th on America's 2016 best drivers report. Allstate America's Best Drivers Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities have the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving. (June 2016)

Tucson No.1 Most Affordable Large City in U.S.

GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account average prices for rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. According to GOBankingRates research, it costs $39,966 per year to live comfortably in Tucson, making it the most affordable large city in the U.S., and the only one where you can survive nicely on less than $40k per year. (June 2016)

UA Best College in Arizona

Located in Tucson, The University of Arizona (Top College No. 200) is a public research school founded in 1885 that emphasizes giving students real-world experiences in their area of study to better prepare them for the workforce. The university has well-regarded programs in the physical sciences and health. Last fall, UA became the first school in the U.S. to offer an undergraduate degree in law. It is home to the world's largest institution devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography. The UA campus is one of the greenest spaces in the state of Arizona with its own arboretum and biosphere. The school competes in NCAA Division I athletics and the school mascot is the Wildcat. (June 2016)

Tucson Ranks 2nd for Air Quality

In 2015, the Tucson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked second out of the 12 MSAs in the percentage of good air quality days. Tucson air quality was rated "good" 78.6% of the time, while Colorado Springs ranked first with 87.4%. Tucson's rank, when compared to other MSAs, increased between 2014 and 2015. The number of good air quality days in Tucson rose by 7.9 percentage points during the last year. (June 2016)

How does Arizona Compare in Next Generation Jobs?

Arizona ranked 19th in its ability to create high-paying and future-proofed jobs in 2014. This placed Arizona among the second tier of states according to the Milken Institute's State Technology and Science Index. The index provides an assessment of each state's technology and science capabilities and their impact on regional economic growth. A key finding from the report indicates that technology and science jobs have continued to develop a larger share of the U.S. economy while more traditional/lower-skilled sectors have been slow to regain pre-recession levels. (June 2016)

AZ Cities Receive 'Tree City USA' Recognition

Twenty-nine Arizona cities make the list. Some of those included are: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe all received recognition as "Tree City USA" in honor of Arbor Day. (June 2016)

Arizona Schools Among America's Most Challenging High Schools

Basis Oro Valley #1, Basis Flagstaff #2, Basis North #5 and Accelerated Elementary and Secondary schools #6 are all America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. (April 2016)

UA Earns 2015 Tree Campus USA Designation

As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University of Arizona has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors higher education institutions and leaders across the nation for tree care initiatives. (April 2016)

Arizona Has Five High Schools in Nation's Top 25

The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. BASIS Scottsdale #2, BASIS Tucson North #3, BASIS Oro Valley #6, Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus #13, University HS - Tucson #24, University HS - Tolleson, and Gilbert Classical Academy HS #71. (April 2016)

Arizona Ranks No. 2 for Solar Installation

This infographic ranks the Top 10 Solar States based on cumulative solar capacity installed (as of March 2016). It also includes the number of megawatts installed per state and number of houses powered per megawatt of solar added. We also show the rankings "remixed" based on number of solar jobs as of January 2016, solar capacity installed in 2015, solar capacity per capita, and percentage of new electricity generation from solar. (March 2016)

Arizona #1 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes' annual Best States for Job Growth, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. The United States is projected to add 13 million jobs over the next five years, according to Moody's Analytics. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 3.1% annually. (March 2016)

Arizona Companies Ranked as Best Employers

City of Phoenix ranked 217th, Pima County ranked 230th, Arizona Public Services came in 296th, and Amkor Technology ranked 368th in Forbes' Best Employers in the Nation. Company employees were asked to rank their company "on a scale of 0-10. How likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?." (March 2016)

Arizona 9th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is based on survey responses of residents and captures how they feel about their daily lives. The Index disaggregates across five dimensions: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. (February 2016)

UA is a Leader in Work-Life Integration

The WorldatWork Alliance has awarded the UA its Work-Life Progress 2016 Seal of Distinction. This distinction is awarded to employers in both the private and public sectors that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. This is the fourth year the UA has been identified as a leadership model for its work-life practices. The UA has received the distinction every year since the honor's inception in 2012. (February 2016)

25 Great Colleges for Good Science Students

The University of Arizona is among the colleges that made the list. Money has scoured the data to find 25 great accessible colleges for aspiring scientists and engineers. All these schools accept more than two-thirds of their applicants and have good graduation rates. And, according to PatScale.com, recent alumni who majored in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) earn on average, more than $50,000 a year. (February 2016)

Arizona in Good Position in Latest Crop of Business-Friendly Rankings

Site Selection put Arizona 15th in its 2015 rankings, while Pollina pegged the Grand Canyon State at 17th in its 2015 report. Those are slightly higher than the previous year's positions (17th and 19th, respectively). In even better news, the survey of site selection executives and consultants deemed Arizona as the state with the 12th best business climate. And Pollina predicts that if Arizona can make a few adjustments, it could break into the top 10 pro-business list later this year. (February 2016)

Tucson Ranked Top Place to Retire

Forbes Magazine ranked Tucson as one of the top 25 places to retire in 2015 based on the City's pleasant winter climate, cost of living 9 percent below national average, median home price $174,000, high number of doctors per capita, and high rating for bicycling. (January 2016)

Marana is a 'Best Neighborhood' in Tucson for Young Professionals

Marana has more people who work in technology fields than 95% of the neighborhoods in the United States. Additionally, there are a lot of college educated residents. Both of these factors create an environment that fosters innovative thinking and business-focused mindsets. Some Entrepreneurs have been drawn to this area as an opportunity for growth. (January 2016)

Tucson #7 a Best City for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. (December 2015)

UA College of Nursing Nationally Recognized as Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School

The University of Arizona College of Nursing has become the fourth nursing school in the nation and the first in Arizona to be recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Health Professions School. HSHPS is a member-based, nonprofit organization that consists of schools and colleges of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy throughout the United States. Membership is granted to schools with a demonstrated commitment to increasing the Hispanic health workforce that will serve and promote the health of Hispanics, as evidenced by programs, activities and student and faculty diversity. (December 2015)

University of Arizona's Integrative Health Coaching Among Nation's Elite

The Integrative Health Coaching program at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine recently was accredited by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC), joining the ranks of only 11 other health coaching programs in the United States that have achieved this recognition. According to the NCCHWC, an "explosion" of health and wellness coaching programs has occurred and it can be difficult to determine the expertise and quality of programs and those practicing as coaches. Therefore, the NCCHWC has established benchmarking criteria for the training and practice of health and wellness coaches. (November 2015)

UA College of Nursing Ranked No. 1 in Arizona for Program Outcomes

The University of Arizona College of Nursing has been ranked No. 1 in the state for its program outcomes by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The Arizona Nursing Program Outcome Index includes 38 nursing schools statewide and is based on registered nurse licensure and graduation rates for 2014. Last year, UA nursing students achieved a first-time pass rate of 95 percent on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses, compared to 89.99 percent statewide and 81.79 percent nationally. In addition, the on-time graduation rate for UA nursing students was 93 percent, while the state average was only 66 percent. (November 2015)

UA and ASU Among Nation's top 'Bicycle Friendly Universities'

UA and ASU have been named among the most bike friendly universities in the country. Every four years, universities nationwide are ranked by The League of American Bicyclists as Bicycle Friendly Universities. UA moved up from a silver ranking to gold and ASU made the gold list. The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy organization that protects and provides education on the rights and safety of bicyclists, aims to make the country more aware of the benefits of riding bicycles. Out of 127 universities UA and ASU were recognized by the organization and two of 12 to receive gold status. (November 2015)

Tucson Among Top Ten Most Caring Cities

The real estate website Movoto has named Tucson to its list of America's 10 Most Caring Cities. Tucson received high marks for pet shelters, homeless services, counseling services, and the low crime rate. Outranked only by Atlanta and Austin, Tucson placed third on the real estate blog's listing. (October 2015)

Tucson #4 Best Cities for Millennials

Money Magazine's list of top cities for millennials focuses on places where job growth is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; and there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities. Additionally, the 5 following cities — ranked by their populations of 20- through 34-year-olds — offer loads of fun bars, restaurants, and leisure activities. Results are limited to cities population 300,000 and higher, and one city per state. (October 2015)

Tucson Ranked 51st Most Educated City

As the fall semester commences, WalletHub determined where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. In order to do so, they compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across nine key metrics. Their data set ranges from the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the attainment gap between women and men. (September 2015)

Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Arizona is breaking ground on managing the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest health project ever taken in the U.S. Four national forests are actively engaged in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwestern Region. Those forests are the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto. In ongoing collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, the four forests are working to plan and carry out landscape-scale restoration of the ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. (September 2015)

TMC Orthopedic Center Among Best in Knee Replacement

Tucson Medical Center has been recognized as one of the best hospitals for 2015-16 in knee replacement by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. (August 2015)

Top 10 U.S. Cities for Dogs Ranked

Tucson ranked No.7 by MSN lifestyle. Tucson is sunny for 350 days of the year and offers lots of dog-friendly patios, too. They also host the annual "Pitbulooza" in honor of National Pit Bull Awareness day. (August 2015)

Tucson Best City for Staycations

WalletHub considered 17 of the most important factors in ranking the 100 most populated U.S. cities. Tucson ranks No. 11 for best cities for staycations. Certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when evaluating whether or not you can bring the benefits of a vacation to your front door. Tucson also ranks #4 for most museums per 100,000 residents. (August 2015)

Tucson Voted Top City for Pets

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) has helped Tucson gain the top spot in the PetSmart/Pet360.com Top City for Pets contest. The nominated destinations make pet-friendliness a priority, with top-tier lodging, restaurants, and activities for pets and their owners. (August 2015)

University of Arizona Wins $3M Ranch for Veterinary School

The Steele Foundation has awarded a 45-acre ranch in Cornville to University of Arizona, Which will use the property for its proposed Veterinary school, among other programs. The Steele Foundation selected UA out of several local colleges and universities for the DK Ranch, which is valued at $2.6 million. Various departments within UA will use the ranch to complement existing programs and create new ones related to the region. (July 2015)

Tucson Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tucson is a great place to be a cyclist. In 2015, The Tucson & East Pima Region was one of only 25 cities in the US that received the Gold or Platinum recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League ranked 350 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 21 were designated as gold-level and 4 as platinum-level. Tucson ranked second only behind Portland when compared to western urban areas. (July 2015)

UA Improves to No. 68 Ranking Worldwide, No. 42 in US

The University of Arizona was ranked 68th among more than 25,000 higher education institutions worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings. The UA improved to 68th from 70th on the CWUR list in 2014 and 73rd in 2013. CWUR annually publishes the only global university rankings that use quantitative measures to assess the quality of education, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of faculty research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses several indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities. (July 2015)

Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for Aspiring Entrepreneurs includes University of Arizona

UA is ranked 43rd as one of two Arizona schools listed. The list of top schools was published by College Choice, an independent college rankings site. It was compiled using information from Crunchbase, a data set of startup activity; startup platform Angel List; and other public business-data sources. It also took into consideration factors such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems. (June 2015)

Tucson Recognized as 'Tree City' for 23rd Year

By demonstrating a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees Tucson has received the 'Tree City' designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for 23 years. (June 2015)

A Top 10 Cycling City

Tucson has more bicycle infrastructure than any other city in the U.S., boasting more than 700 miles of designated bikeways. You can ride year-round without bundling up, and the mountain bike trails outside of town, as in the Santa Catalina Mountains, are top-notch. (May 2015)

Tucson Medical Center Joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network members share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care. The network recognizes that people prefer to get their health care close to home. The main goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise without having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. (May 2015)

UA on List of 10 Veteran-Friendly Nursing Schools

The University of Arizona offers majors in several different subjects in the health field, including public health and nursing. Graduates from the nursing program report average early career earnings of $55,000. Arizona is also strongly committed to supporting veterans, being a member of three federal programs that set standards for veteran education. UA charges the same price to all students regardless of the state they live in. (May 2015)

Arizona No. 19 on List of Most 'Bicycle Friendly' U.S. States

The League of American Bicylists rankings are based on a range of criteria that reward areas such as new policies, advocacy, legal protections and infrastructure. The League of American Bicylists also issues a report card for each state, including a feedback section. One common suggestion: "Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone." (May 2015)

BASIS Schools Remain Top Highest Ranked School Systems Measured by Worldwide Test

Students at BASIS schools once again tested above the highest-ranked school systems in the world, as well as substantially above U.S. students, on the OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA). The OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) is a student assessment tool geared for use by schools and networks of schools to support research, benchmarking and school improvement efforts. The assessment tool provides descriptive information and analyses on the skills and creative application of knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, and science, comparable to existing PISA scales. (May 2015)

Best Cities in Arizona for Young Families

Arizona cities were measured on their quality of education, recent economic growth, home affordability and family friendly communities. The following cities were ranked from #1 to #10 as the best towns in Arizona for young families: Snowflake, Corona De Tucson Vail, Buckeye, Sahuarita, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Sierra Vista, Surprise and Chandler. (April 2015)

Two Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Banner University Medical Center-Tucson and Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix were both ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Phoenix Business Journal. The medical facilities are part of Phoenix-based Banner's newly formed University Medicine division. Last month, Banner entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal with the University of Arizona to become the primary clinical partner of the university's College of Medicine, which has campuses in Phoenix and Tucson. (April 2015)

The University of Arizona Ranked 10th for Solar Energy

The University of Arizona in Tucson has a number of major sustainability efforts underway on its campus. Starting with the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) in 2007, the university has implemented other initiatives and a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to set up Energy Frontier Centers (EFRC) which will bring together experts from the university, private sector, and national labs to develop better solar tech. (April 2015)

UA Scores Highest for Grads' Financial Prospects

The UA is No. 1 among Arizona universities in preparing students for high-paying careers, according to a Brookings Institute report. The UA's scores in the three categories measured were the highest among Arizona's four-year universities, followed by Arizona State University (Tempe Campus) and Northern University. (April 2015)

Tucson Makes List of Wine Country Destinations

Tucson came in No. 8 in a list of the top 10 most affordable cities near wine country. The list was compiled by national real estate company Refin and Food & Wine magazine. The report tapped Tucson because of its proximity to the growing wine regions of Wilcox and Sonoita. (April 2015)

UA Link with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Alums

Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. (March 2015)

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