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We stay connected by tapping into the right resources. Explore some of the ideas that influence our work and our thinking below.

Notable 2018-19 Articles

Universities need to lead in serving humanity
Written by Maysa Jalbout, CEO of the Al Ghurair Foundation for Education in Dubai, who ASU partners with on several global initiatives, has made the call for a new university assignment.


Seven Jobs Robots Will Create—or Expand
This article challenged our current thinking on how artificial intelligence could create new job and professional opportunities. Specifically, we grappled with how non-traditional students will identify job titles and descriptions not in their lexicon.


The Decline of the Midwest’s Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies
The article prompted our thinking about the role of thriving academic institutions in helping or supporting “failing” institutions in their region.


College are No Match for American Poverty
This article debunked some of the myths about educational attainment leading to social mobility that reduces the likelihood of poverty. Also, it helped us reimagine the role of universities in providing holistic supports to students and communities to address poverty.


Defining the middle class: Cash, credentials, or culture?
The US has long held its historically large middle class as indicative of its economic prosperity. However, since the recent economic recession, many people have been grappling with existential questions regarding the changing composition, definitions and what it means to be middle class. This article seeks to define the middle class using various mechanisms: credentials, cash and culture.


The need for lifetime learning during an era of economic disruption
ASU President Michael Crow often talks about the importance of lifelong learning as a strategy to help the workforce respond to the accelerating pace of technological change. This article delves further into this idea by outlining the problems currently facing our educational model in which the vast majority of people complete their formal education before the age of 25 and proposing lifelong learning as one of many solutions needed to address the changing nature of work.


Welcome to Dollar Street
Gapminder and its newest feature Dollar Street are humbling reminders of the conditions in which people around the world live. The data and stories on these sites serve as both macro- and micro-views as to the ways life has changed (improved!) since the 1800s, and yet, how much more work there is to be done to promote access and equity in education, not just in the US, but across the globe.


Elitists, crybabies and junky degrees
This article helped formulate our thoughts on the intersection of class, demographics, wealth and college education. It is important that people working in higher education have a nuanced understanding of all the aforementioned societal variables.


Leapfrogging Inequality
The notion of leapfrogging has encouraged us to rethink approaches to refugee education in novel ways, especially given that the methods for traditional education are more difficult to harness for this population. Leapfrogging, or approaching education in a nonlinear way, can help us achieve a desired outcome more quickly.


Discover’s latest volley in talent war: free college tuition
This article illuminated the kind of partnerships we should be making with corporate companies; with the cost of higher education rendering this option not feasible to many people, it is important to begin exploring what it means for your company to provide your education. This is definitely a trend that ASU should anticipate and get ahead of.

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