ASU Preparatory Academy, Tempe Union district announce partnership to open school on Compadre Academy campus


April 26, 2017

A partnership between the Tempe Union High School District, ASU Preparatory Academy and Arizona State University aims to provide a new, innovative option for moving more students to graduation and college success.

This fall, ASU Prep Compadre High School will provide expanded college-going opportunities at Tempe Union’s Compadre Academy as the two schools begin operating their respective programs collaboratively on the Compadre campus at 500 W. Guadalupe Road in Tempe. The partnership agreement was approved April 5 by a unanimous vote of the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board, ensuring current and future students will have access to the academic courses and resources needed for college admission and success. Download Full Image

ASU Prep is an innovative K-12 charter school where teachers, students and families share the same goal: college graduation. Its mission is to afford students an optimum environment for learning, help them achieve their potential and ensure the appropriate levels of college readiness. ASU Prep students have earned top results within the Cambridge International Curriculum and achieved a 98 percent four-year graduation rate, and the graduating class of 2017 is 100 percent admitted to post-secondary study or military service.

“A college-going culture sets high expectations for all students and provides them with the academic preparation, resources and support needed to meet those expectations,” said Beatriz Rendon, CEO of ASU Prep. “Through this innovative partnership, we will integrate and align the efforts of Tempe Union, ASU Prep and Arizona State University to increase college-access and career opportunities for all students, making Tempe a pioneer in the education space.”

Compadre serves about 400 high school students through a flexible program that meets the needs of a wide array of learners, including those seeking to catch up on credits, get ahead and graduate early, or pursue their academics within a nontraditional high school setting. ASU Prep will enroll approximately 100 additional students in grades 9-12 in its first year, growing enrollment to 400 students over time. Students will benefit from a rigorous college preparatory program that includes ASU courses for college credit, as well as a digital curriculum infused with the acclaimed Cambridge framework, delivered in a personalized, blended learning format.

Through increased achievement, graduation rates and post-secondary attainment, Compadre and ASU Prep aim to become a model for demonstrating all students can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of life circumstances. Compadre and ASU Prep will share professional development and mentoring to bring best practices to every classroom. Staff will have access to ASU faculty and resources to support ongoing research and implementation of next-generation learning practices, which all delivers on ASU’s promise to build a seamless K-20 continuum for learning.

“The partnership between ASU Prep and Compadre is unique and sets the standard for how to effectively transform public education in the state of Arizona. We share in our commitment to provide students with the best tools and opportunities to be successful,” said Kenneth Baca, superintendent of the Tempe Union High School District.

ASU Preparatory Academy is chartered by Arizona State University and currently serves more than 2,200 students at its campuses in Arizona. 

ASU's Nadya Bliss appointed to prestigious computer science council


April 26, 2017

The Computing Research Association, in consultation with the National Science Foundation, has appointed Nadya Bliss, director of ASU’s Global Security Initiative, to the Computing Community Consortium Council.

Beginning July 1, Bliss will serve a three-year term. portrait of ASU director Nadya Bliss Download Full Image

“There has never been a more exciting time to be a computer scientist — computer science touches just about every aspect of our lives. CCC council has a record of catalyzing the computing research community around important challenges and I am incredibly honored to be part of this group,” Bliss said.

In addition to Bliss, the council appointed members representing Google, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University and others.

Bliss is a professor of practice in ASU’s School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. She is a senior sustainability scientist in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and has affiliate appointments in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, the Center on the Future of War, and the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center. She also is a Senior Fellow at New America.

GSI serves as a university-wide hub at ASU, addressing emerging security challenges, including borderless threats, such as cyber security, health security and resource security. These challenges are often characterized by complex interdependencies and present conflicting objectives requiring multi-disciplinary research and cross-mission collaboration.  

The CCC council is comprised of 20 members who have expertise in diverse areas of computing. The council leads the consortium’s visioning programs, which help create and enable visions for future computing research.

More information can be found online.