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To Scale or Not to Scale?

Submitted by Joanna Zimmerman on March 12, 2018 - 12:00am

At Arizona State University, you will be hard-pressed to find a group or department discussing education without simultaneously discussing scale. If we are reaching one hundred learners with a product or course offering, can we reach 200? What about 500? At EdPlus, the division which houses Education for Humanity, scale is deeply embedded in our DNA.

Committing to Holistic Inclusion in Higher Education

Submitted by Aya Waller-Bey on March 9, 2018 - 12:00am

Energized about conversations regarding the role of the public university, I find myself reflecting on the role of institutions of higher education more broadly, and commitments to postsecondary access, diversity, and inclusion. There are currently 3,026 four-year degree-granting institutions in the United States. Amongst these institutions are minority-serving institutions (historically black college and universities and Hispanic serving institutions), women’s colleges, small liberal arts colleges, work colleges, and public research institutions to name a few.

Fishing 101

Submitted by Madison Sandy on February 12, 2016 - 12:00am

The concept of the master learner is at the forefront of many team members’ minds. ASU helps people become capable of learning anything. Such people can then be problem-solvers and community assets under any circumstances. A central question is: what makes a master learner? 

We the Persons

Submitted by Madison Sandy on February 7, 2016 - 12:00am

The age of averages is ending.

This shift is so fundamental that if you only read one book this year, it should be Todd Rose’s The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness. Rose explains how we invented the mental model of the “average person” and how we are steadily overcoming the inadequacies and errors of that model. The rise of individualism, or more accurately, the return to individualism, is entirely changing our approach to education, medicine, employment, and more.

The Faces of Access: Ethan's Story

Submitted by Lindsey Beagley on February 3, 2016 - 12:00am

On a particularly over-committed day in December, I rushed into a team meeting that had already begun, found an open seat, and got my things settled as I tuned into one of our undergraduate Student Research Analysts, Ethan, sharing his experience about coming to ASU. The question posed in the meeting was, “How can we best communicate the meaning of ASU’s charter to students?” I listened as Ethan shared how he almost didn’t go to college, and how there was a time when he thought college wasn’t for him.

"The Innovative University" by Clayton Christensen and Henry J. Eyring and ASU

Submitted by Brittney Paulk on September 28, 2015 - 12:00am

As part of my Fellowship, I had the opportunity to read and give a summary presentation on Clayton Christensen and Henry J. Eyring’s book titled “The Innovative University.” Nearly half of the book is a history lesson on the changing trends of traditional Universities through the examination of two distinct institutions-Harvard and BYU-Idaho. The other half of the book provides an extraordinary vision for higher education that requires breaking away from tradition. I wanted to highlight some of the key takeaways.

Bigger than college

Submitted by Bethany Weigele on July 28, 2014 - 12:00am

As a recent graduate of a Ph.D. program in Molecular Microbiology, I am quite guilty of keeping my eyes “glued to the books” and not thinking about the larger picture of my educational endeavors. I spent five years studying foodborne pathogens, and I often joke about the paleness of my skin caused by always working in lab. At the end of the program, however, I began to reflect on my future and found myself wondering if I was going to be satisfied at the end of my life, if I continued as a scientist in the lab trying to solve one problem? For me, the answer was no.

Innovation + Relevance = Impact

Submitted by Hayfa Aboukier on July 11, 2012 - 12:00am

In a time where things are changing rapidly and technology is running full force, we are in a place where the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship will dictate our future and quality of life. Across the world, innovation and entrepreneurship centers are sprouting up, serving as the seeds to our future.  As a continuation of the i6 Challenge innovation calls, Dr.


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