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ASU has another exciting year, including #1 in innovation accolade

January 17, 2017 · 1 min read · By ASU Online
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For ASU, 2015 was a year of discoveries, solutions, creativity and global engagement. As a result, in the annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was ranked #1 in 2016 in a new category for “most innovative schools.” Their ranking was based on ASU’s improvements to curriculum, technology, facilities, and other fields.

In comparing more than 1,500 institutions using a variety of metrics, ASU earns the #1 spot in 2016 for innovations such as:

  • The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which continues to raise the bar for how public companies can support employees’ life goals.
  • ASU’s Global Freshman Academy, which offers students a new way to learn with an accessible, cost-effective, and personalized online platform.
  • A new project-based learning pilot, called ProMod, gives faculty a new way to teach using real-world situations, helping students earn credits while gaining practical experience.
  • A pioneering online Master’s of Science in Business Analytics program at the W.P. Carey School of Business, among the first of its kind developed to meet industry demand, has tripled enrollment since launch.

In addition to ASU’s #1 ranking in this new category, ASU also earned the #8 place in “best online programs”, #16 for faculty commitment to teaching undergraduates, and is featured in an unranked list for “A+ schools for B students” where those with lower-than-average GPAs and test scores can succeed. Read more here.


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