About UI

The Office of University Initiatives (UI) is an interdisciplinary team that leverages design thinking, research and collaboration to rapidly design and launch initiatives in support of Arizona State University’s charter and design aspirations.

Our office identifies, cultivates and manages strategic projects and partnerships with foundations, corporations (for-profit and non-profit) and individuals. We act as a startup lab, advancing innovation at ASU by questioning the status quo, exploring bold ideas and incubating new projects. In order to advance ASU's charter, our research team prepares, analyzes and synthesizes a wide variety of information - from higher education news to national and global trends. University Innovation Fellows use this intelligence to strategize, conceptualize and take action on projects at scale. In partnership with leaders across ASU, we advance demonstration projects of the New American University model.

2016 Cordes Innovation Hall of Fame: University Innovation Fellowship, Arizona State University

Our values

We collaborate in teams and with partners

We respond quickly and effectively

We design iteratively

We respect and embrace diverse perspectives

We believe everyone can be a changemaker

Our Culture

We try things out. We make things happen. We connect people. 

We stay inspired by encouraging experimentation, building a collaborative environment and constantly injecting new ideas into our work. Our core strength is our ability to connect with all aspects of the university.