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The Cake Under the Icing

Submitted by Madison Sandy on December 17, 2015 - 12:00am

‘Tis the season for lists! It is the time of year when we log what we have done, what we need to do, what we have, and what we want. We at ASU are proud to top the 2015 U.S. News list of Most Innovative Schools. The joy of our achievements further inspires us to continue our mission: advancing quality, accessibility, and impact in higher education.

Director Ray Anderson Visits UI

Submitted by Brittney Paulk on December 1, 2015 - 12:00am

Recently, the Office of University Initiatives had the opportunity to meet with Director Ray Anderson, Athletic Director and Vice President for University Athletics at ASU. Prior to joining ASU, Director Anderson served as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League. His outstanding leadership and dedication to community engagement has been recognized on multiple occasions. In 2015, Director Anderson received both the Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership and contributions to the NFL.

Peering Over the Horizon: The Knowledge Economy and American higher Education

Submitted by Ted Cross on October 15, 2015 - 12:00am

A couple of years ago I was at a conference on distance education. In one session Daphne Koller, one of the founders of Coursera, was discussing the rise of MOOCs. While many people in the room rolled their eyes at the idea of MOOCs being the future of higher education, I had a different reaction.

Fellows Forum with Maj. Gen. Jon Miller, Executive Director of ASU's Decision Theater Network

Submitted by Brittney Paulk on October 7, 2015 - 12:00am

We welcomed Maj. Gen. Jon Miller, Executive Director of ASU’s Decision Theater Network as our Fellows’ Forum guest for October. The conversation started off with Maj. Gen. Miller describing his career path as ‘unusual’, explaining the broad spectrum of leadership positions he has held. Indeed, Maj. Gen. Miller’s national and international experience extends across sectors and fields. Prior to joining DTN, Maj. Gen.

September Fellows Forum - Dr. Allen J. Morrison

Submitted by Ted Cross on September 29, 2015 - 12:00am

Recently, the Office of University Initiatives had the opportunity to have Dr. Allen J. Morrison, CEO of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, speak with us for the September 2015 Fellows’ Forum. Dr. Morrison came to ASU in 2014 as a Senior Advisor for Global Education and Executive Education Initiatives. Previously, he was a Professor of Global Management at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, where he was also the Director of the IMD Global CEO Center.

"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.

Fellows Forum with Dr. Gary Grossman, Associate Director of the New School for the Future of Innovation and Society

Submitted by Brittney Paulk on August 14, 2015 - 12:00am

On Thursday, August 6th, 2015, the UI team had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Gary Grossman as part of the monthly Fellows’ Forum series. Dr. Grossman holds myriad positions at ASU including serving as the Faculty Chair of the Global Technology and Development program, as former President of the Arizona State University Senate and Chair of the University Academic Council. He is also a Professor in both the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and School of Letters and Sciences.