How is ASU reaching the new normal student?

November 07, 2018 · 4 min read · By ASU Online
As emerging technologies threaten traditional roles and create a demand for new types of skilled workers, the challenge grows for those already in the workforce.

Emerging technologies

By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. Those with fewer qualifications will find themselves struggling against significantly more barriers to successful careers while employers will continue to deal with workforce shortages.

Read on to hear University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at ASU Phil Regier’s perspective, as he explores how degree specializations and new technology allow ASU to meet students where they are.

Starbucks College Achievement Plan

At ASU, we’re working with partners such as Starbucks to build a highly educated workforce–qualified for future jobs we cannot even envision now. Together with Starbucks, ASU offers the Starbucks College Achievement Plan to all eligible Starbucks employees to earn their bachelor’s degree online with full tuition reimbursement by Starbucks. We hope to graduate 25,000 Starbucks employees by 2025. To help reach this goal, and to make a college degree possible for Starbucks employees who are not currently academically admissible to ASU, we offer a Pathway to Admissions program. Through this program, Starbucks employees can access online courses through our Global Freshman Academy and if they meet academic standards to prove they can succeed in university courses, they are admitted to ASU and the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. (Update: Global Freshman Academy is now known as Universal Learner Courses.)

See the original interview

Responses in this article have been summarized from an eCampus News piece, 3 Ways ASU Is Reaching the “New Normal” Student. Read the original interview in eCampus News.


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