Faced with an urgent need for accessible, affordable education, Arizona's West Valley is venturing into a brave new academic experiment called the "communiversity," reports the Arizona Republic. Not quite a community college and not quite a university, a communiversity intends to offer the best of both. "It's incredibly innovative," said Todd Aakhus, community-partnership director of Rio Salado College, which is leading the project. "This will be a national model." Based on an idea gaining traction across the country, the communiversity is a partnership of three Maricopa Community Colleges and as many as five universities. Rio Salado, Glendale, and Phoenix community...

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