EdPlus at ASU brochure
“At ASU, we’re committed to academic inclusion and student success to anyone, anywhere, regardless of a student’s family circumstances. EdPlus at ASU is driven by this ideology and has a rich vision for the future of higher education.”
Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University
The world is facing an education crisis. It is estimated that we will need 38 to 40 million more educated workers globally by 2020. Sixty-five percent of all U.S. jobs are projected, by 2020, to require skills only attainable through post-secondary education. Yet the country has stalled in postsecondary degree completion. Only 34 percent of Americans -- and less than seven percent of the world -- have a bachelor’s degree. There are many complexities inhibiting those seeking a college degree -- age, location, cost, disability or inadequate preparation. To improve postsecondary attainment, our nation’s colleges and universities must drive change in order to increase access, social mobility and economic opportunity.
Arizona State University is focused on addressing the global challenges in higher education by creating greater access to the research-intensive institution. Through the creation of EdPlus at ASU, we are able to expand the number and types of students we admit and graduate – ultimately, opening doors to postsecondary success.
For nearly 15 years, ASU has addressed the need for more college graduates – growing from 50,000 to more than 90,000 students – tripling the number of students it graduates annually and increasing the academic quality and rigor of its programs. This success is the result of our efforts to reimagine higher education – putting knowledge at the core of everything we do.
Global Freshman Academy (GFA)
Addressing the barriers of affordability, access and college preparedness, GFA offers freshman-level courses for anyone, anywhere looking to further their education. Built with advanced technology on the open edX platform, these courses can be taken repeatedly until the student has mastered the content. Students gain valuable experiences in online learning with no upfront personal or financial risk. Once students receive a passing grade, students can choose to purchase for university credit. The open courses are personalized for each student’s needs and gives them the opportunity to demonstrate college readiness and ability to succeed while also developing problem solving and critical thinking -- necessary skills in today’s global workforce.
“The Global Freshman Academy experience is spectacular. I like this style of learning and will continue to take every course available. I’m getting a freshman year experience that’s so much better and less expensive than what my peers are getting. I really am an ASU freshman.” -Sam Matey, Maine
“I loved that I could take my classes anywhere and those classes can transfer to ASU courses. I took my classes when my kids were at school or after I put them to bed, allowing me to pursue my education without sacrificing family time”. -Morgan Richards, North Carolina
In the last six years, ASU’s online student population has grown from 400 to more than 22,000. With more than 100 degree programs delivered by the same award-winning faculty who teach on campus, students receive the exact same content as on-ground students, but with technology enhanced delivery. Our online programs are effective and flexible, offering students -- no matter their circumstances -- access to the vast academic, research and careers resources that ASU offers. Online students also receive personalized success coaching, guiding them from enrollment to graduation.
"Attending ASU has allowed me the flexibility to manage my work and home life as well as my education, and has given me the opportunity to expand my career, I am able to do that with the online program. I have also loved being a Sun Devil because of the sense of community." -Karen Osborn, Texas
Global challenges in higher education require an inclusive and comprehensive group of thought leaders. The PLuS Alliance is a unique partnership between ASU, King’s College London and the University of New South Wales Australia that aims to solve these challenges and reduce educational gaps worldwide -- making quality education and research accessible to everyone. The cross-university collaboration deploys digital and hybrid coursework and resources to scale in parts of the world where the demand for higher education far oustrips the possible supply.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates.
It's no secret that learning throughout one's lifetime contributes to personal and professional growth and development. ASU offers continuing education courses at locations in the community and throughout the world via in-person classrooms and online that address relevant topics for learners of all ages. Leveraging more than 150 EdPlus technology partners, world renowned ASU faculty, flexible scheduling and available digital platforms, ASU Continuing Education encourages learners to sharpen their skills, learn new techniques and broaden their horizons.
The Action Lab
The Action Lab is the first dedicated longitudinal research lab to study deep learning analytics for advanced digital teaching and learning programs at scale. The Action Lab makes research useful by translating data into practical classroom applications that drive systemic and scalable improvements in student success. Powered by ASU’s research capacity in cognitive science, adaptive and personalized learning, and social science, the Action Lab provides unique, multidimensional research and develops new evaluation frameworks designed for market consumption by public and private stakeholders. Current efforts focus on improving the efficacy of online studies; investigating the impact of instructional design innovation on student success rates; exploring the effectiveness of alternative delivery models; and engaging in research of effective development and design of emerging technology and innovation, such as adaptive systems.
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Recognizing that knowledge is most impactful when shared with others, ASU is at the forefront shaping how the future of education will look and imparting this knowledge with our trusted partners. EdPlus has a team of seasoned education thought leaders who provide consulting, online program management services, sales support and shared services. Our team is driven by our commitment to prioritize our partners’ needs while ultimately advancing teaching and learning worldwide.