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New online degree explores the idea of church and state

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies ’ new religious studies bachelor’s degree concentration in religion, politics and global affairs is now available as an online degree. “We decided to launch the concentration online after witnessing the online success of our other bachelor’s concentration in religion, culture and public life ,” said Leah Sarat , religious studies professor and faculty head . The degree covers a long list of interests for students looking to broaden their global knowledge. It’s the perfect degree for students wanting to explore the human experience in a new way. “This degree is more focused on the ‘macro’ picture, looking at how religion has impacted regional and international politics, shaped public policy and influenced health care or responses to climate change, among other things,” said Jason Bruner , associate professor of religious studies . “This program also illuminates the ways religion has affected...

Innovation in action

For a sixth year in a row, ASU has been named most innovative school in the country. Devils in the Details highlights seven of ASU’s most innovative projects, and the people behind them, which made this ranking possible.

ASU moves up to No. 4 in Sierra Club's 'coolest schools'

Sierra magazine, the national publication of the Sierra Club, released its 14th annual “Cool Schools” competitive ranking of North America’s greenest colleges and universities on Sept. 28, ranking Arizona State University fourth out of more than 300 institutions. This is the fourth year ASU has scored in the top 20; last year it was No. 10. Success did not happen overnight or alone, said Mick Dalrymple, director of University Sustainability Practices. “This ranking reflects the efforts of many Sun Devils from across the university who walk the talk on sustainability in action,” Dalrymple said. “To be a Sun Devil is to be sustainable.” Among the many reasons ASU has become a leader in sustainability is that the university makes it easy to contribute. “ASU provides so many options for students, staff and faculty to engage in personal action that supports a sustainable campus and community, from getting involved in zero...

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 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 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 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...

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