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ASU named a ‘best college’ by The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review has named Arizona State University one of the Best 386 Colleges in its 2021 rankings , which were compiled by surveying 143,000 students across the country. In the 29th edition of the rankings, ASU is listed under the category of "great schools for some of the most popular undergraduate majors," highlighting ASU’s agriculture, business and finance, and journalism programs four years running. Students surveyed by The Princeton Review were quick to call the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication "one of the best journalism schools in the nation." Along with other strong academic programs and research opportunities, students also praised ASU’s "renowned business school" ( W. P. Carey School of Business ) and "great engineering program" ( Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering ). Undergraduates celebrated the university’s diverse student body, and notwithstanding ASU’s size, students mentioned that the university does a good job of...

ASU ranked a top 10 university for 'first-year experiences'

For a second year in a row, Arizona State University has been ranked among the top 10 universities in the nation for first-year experiences, according to U.S. News & World Report. ASU ranked No. 9 in the nation in the 2-year-old category — outperforming Brown University, Princeton University and University of Texas at Austin. No matter the population, universities and colleges are big places to first-year students, and ASU is no exception. First-year students have a lot to think about: what classes to take, where to live, how to make friends. And now, they face navigating the college experience during a pandemic. ASU is constantly evolving its tools and resources to help first-year students feel welcomed and to make sure they are set up for success. It’s so important to the university’s goals that over the summer, ASU’s Educational Outreach and Student Services launched ASU Family Hub , expanding outreach...

ASU ranked No. 1 in innovation for 6th year by US News and World Report

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020. Long before it was a buzzword, innovation was a concept that Arizona State University embraced in the name of reimagining the role of an institution of higher education. Over the past several years, that credo has manifested in a host of breakthroughs, advancements and transformations. In recognition of the university’s culture of discovery, U.S. News & World Report has announced that it has named ASU the most innovative university in the nation for the sixth year in a row, as well as one of the top 50 public schools in the U.S. “Innovation is infused in ASU’s DNA because we are designed to spark, support and manifest new ideas,” President Michael Crow said. “Innovation can be found at all levels of our education, our research and our community engagement. It drives...

ASU launches Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory with audacious goal: Transforming the world for a better future

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020. At a time of increasing challenges around the globe, successful responses and solutions depend on recognizing the complexity and interconnectedness of the Earth’s systems, both natural and societal. This includes confronting the accelerating dangers of a planet out of balance, the multiplicity of threats spurred by systemic failures — and embracing the enormous potential for humankind to set things right. In response to current crises and driven by the belief in making positive, substantive advances, Arizona State University announced this week the launch of a laboratory dedicated to keeping our planet habitable and enhancing the options for future generations to thrive. Such an undertaking might seem insurmountable. We have seen wildfires ravaging Australia. Storms flooding South Asia. Heat records in the Arctic. Drought-spurred refugees. Cities in conflict due to protest movements...

Arizona coalition focuses on inspiring young men in higher education

It didn’t take Larry Ross, a fifth-generation educator who launched the Omega Youth Leadership Academy in Arizona, long in his career to notice that there’s a group of students who go unnoticed when it comes to setting high goals after high school. They’re not necessarily the most underprivileged kids, he said. They may not be disruptive in class. But they tend to not be noticed for either gifted programming or learning interventions. Squeaky wheels need to get the grease, but these students are going with the flow. Arizona’s counselor-to-student ratio is 905:1, the worst in the nation. As a former classroom teacher and a parent, Ross has seen firsthand that there are a lot of young men, especially students of color, with potential who tend to fly under the radar. “I work in high schools where I can see these nice brown and Black boys who easily get overlooked because...

Syncing up ASU’s classrooms for live-hosted digital classes

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020. The year 2020 is no traditional year. But Arizona State University is no traditional institution, which means university leaders have been preparing for weeks to create a seamless, socially responsible classroom experience for the fall 2020 semester — amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The University Technology Office has been preparing classrooms at all ASU campuses for a new learning approach: ASU Sync , which will provide students with technology-enhanced, fully interactive remote learning, using live lectures via Zoom. It's part of the three options for on-campus learning that students will have access to when classes begin Aug. 20. In all, more than 800 learning spaces will either be equipped or enhanced with Zoom features or capabilities, which will allow students on Zoom to hear the instructor from anywhere in the classroom and...

Improving business with philosophy

Tom Fournier had a successful career in engineering and business management and after co-founding and selling a company that measured automotive pollution for governments, he was able to retire early at 55 years old. The following two years were spent dabbling in hobbies as a private pilot and a skydiver and volunteering at Tucson’s Community Food Bank and Literacy Connects. Despite keeping himself busy, Fournier felt something was missing. “It was a lack of challenge, or maybe lack of personal growth,” Fournier said. “I began wondering whether 57 years old was too old to go back to school and found myself leafing through the community college catalog for courses unrelated to my prior degrees in engineering and business administration.” Fournier found himself hooked on philosophy just two weeks into a course in introductory logic and philosophy. After a few more beginning courses, he transferred to the University of Arizona for...

ASU ranked top in US, 5th in world pursuit of UN sustainability goals

Editor’s note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020. In 2015, world leaders agreed to establish 17 objectives aimed at achieving a better world by 2030: among them, an end to poverty and hunger, clean water and energy, gender equality and decent work. Together, they are called the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It was announced Wednesday that Arizona State University ranks top in the U.S. and fifth in the world out of 766 institutions in achieving those goals, beating out the University of British Columbia in Canada and the United Kingdom's University of Manchester and King's College London. The global ranking is a jump from last year’s 35th place. In the annual rankings published by Times Higher Education magazine, ASU scored 96.3 out of 100 points. It was the top American university in the rankings . Only three American...

Creating a healthy planet, one sustainable investment at a time

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the resource-raising entity operating for the benefit of Arizona State University sheds light on its dedication to investing money where its values lie: to build a more sustainable and resilient future. “The university has made an institutional commitment to a more sustainable and resilient future, addressing the world’s most pressing challenges not only through its pioneering sustainability education and research but also its operations and practices,” said Jeff Mindlin, the chief investment officer at ASU Enterprise Partners. “Sustainability considerations are being embedded into the full scope of university activities, including how we invest capital in the endowment.” ASU Enterprise Partners operates as a parent organization of five nonprofits that identify new revenue-generating opportunities for the advancement of ASU’s mission. The ASU Foundation for A New American University, one of its five subsidiaries, has recently tried to align with the university’s climate-positive...

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