ASU receives innovation honor
Named an an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for its strong commitment to economic engagement
In recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement, Arizona State University has been designated an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
The designation recognizes public research universities working with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.
ASU is providing aspiring college students in Arizona and beyond a direct pathway to college through innovative programs, including the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
The development of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, has been responsible for the creation of 1,500 jobs and an economic output of more than $588 million to the Greater Phoenix economy. SkySong’s economic impact is estimated to grow to $32 billion in the next 30 years.Photo by Mark Boisclair
Since 2003 as part of a transformative partnership, ASU and Mayo Clinic have formed a joint nursing education program; joint faculty appointments; dual degree programs; internships and collaborative research projects in cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cellular and molecular biomedicine, vaccine development, genetics and sensory motor coordination.
ASU has developed key regional economic development partnerships with the City of Phoenix for its Downtown Phoenix campus.Photo by Deanna Dent
ASU reopened the former Williams Airfare Base, which closed in 1993, in 1996 as ASU East. Currently known as the ASU Polytechnic campus, the campus is home to thousands of students enrolled in more than 40 degree programs.Photo by Deanna Dent
Thousands of learners from more than 150 countries enrolled in the first digitally enabled course offered through Global Freshman Academy. The academy is a result of an ASU-EdX partnership to provide accessible higher education opportunities to people around the world in a cost-effective and personalized manner.
ASU has developed key regional economic development partnerships, including ones with the City of Phoenix for its Downtown Phoenix campus, the city of Mesa for ASU Polytechnic campus, and Mayo Clinic, to connect talent and innovation to place-based development. The development of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, has been responsible for the creation of 1,500 jobs and an economic output of more than $588 million to the Greater Phoenix economy. SkySong’s economic impact is estimated to grow to $32 billion in the next 30 years.
“Public research universities such as Arizona State University serve as economic engines for their local communities and states by conducting cutting-edge research that yields breakthroughs that improve life well beyond the confines of campus,” said APLU president Peter McPherson. “Equally important, these institutions cultivate the talent necessary to help fledgling business take flight and ensure existing enterprises have the human capital they need to maintain their dynamism.”
To learn more regarding ASU’s economic development efforts and partnerships, click here.