April 27, 2020

From K-12 creative programs to an early start for incoming students, these programs make the lazy days of summer anything but

Arizona State University is offering more than 5,000 courses this summer for every type of learner — from admitted first-year students who want to get ahead on credits to “visiting students” from other institutions to K-12 pupils.

All classes will be offered through online modalities, including ASU Online as well as live, virtual instruction taught by ASU’s top faculty. Classes have two start dates, Monday, May 18, and Wednesday, July 1, with more than 20 of ASU’s most popular classes offered with multiple start dates throughout the summer.  

Everything that ASU is offering is gathered onto one platform, Summer 2020 Academic Experiences.

“We want to be of the greatest service possible to as many learners as we can regardless of their ages, locations or circumstances,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow.

“ASU’s 2020 summer offerings provide a wide array of learning pathways, including valuable options for those interested in getting a jump-start on college, accelerating their time to degree, or in reskilling or upskilling to move their career plans forward.”

ASU is offering financial incentives to assist learners with their educational goals:

  • Currently enrolled international and nonresident on-campus ASU undergraduates can receive a $700 Summer 2020 Award for every three credits taken. Arizona resident rates remain lower, with financial aid available to eligible students.  
  • Undergraduates who receiving their bachelor’s degrees in spring 2020 can receive a $500 Summer Award for every three credits taken if they take 500 level courses as a nondegree student or enroll in an on-campus master's degree program.
  • New first-year and new transfer students who are planning to be on ASU’s campus in fall 2020 will receive a $500 New American University Summer 2020 Award for every three credits taken.
  • Visiting university students in good academic standing from other community colleges, universities and colleges have access to the same classes, with an affordable tuition rate set at $530 per credit, saving them over $750 for a three credit class.
  • K-12 learners and anyone exploring college are invited to pursue online open courses this summer. ASU is offering several 100- and 200-level open courses, such as English Composition and Introduction to Engineering, and students can then pay as low as $99 per course, instead of $400 per course, to convert them to credit toward a degree.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, many of ASU’s summer programs for young people have made the switch to virtual programs as well, including:

  • The School of Film, Dance and Theatre Summer Institute for middle school and high school students, with workshops in creative writing, flamenco dance, hip hop theater, puppetry, auditioning and more.
  • The Young Adult Writing Program for kindergarteners through high schoolers, with workshops on activism, fantasy and horror, college essays and a family literacy camp.
  • Veterinary Science Exploration for high school students, with online modules in animal body language, behavior and surgery.

ASU for You, the university’s vast collection of online resources curated onto a single platform, is also will be available throughout the summer. That content, much of it free, is for all learners, from elementary school students to adults. It includes:

  • Free online course materials for high school students from ASU Prep Digital, including art history, chemistry and economics.
  • Free self-paced modules in areas such as entrepreneurship, healthy aging, caregiving and sustainability.
  • Professional development courses created by ASU experts in topics including human resources, marketing and organizational diversity, some free with many priced at $149.

ASU has partnered with the producers of the popular Crash Course videos on a new YouTube series that covers subjects like writing composition, algebra, chemistry and data literacy. The videos are meant to be fun and engaging for young people while covering key points in each subject.

“While classes may be offered differently than in past summers, one thing remains certain – ASU has the renowned faculty, technology and commitment needed to ensure that all learners can continue toward their goals,” said executive vice president and university provost Mark S. Searle.

“We are focused on staying true to what is at the core of our ASU charter — making our high quality education accessible to any qualified learner who wants to use their summer to get on track, accelerate their degree, or pursue personal enrichment.”

Learn more at summer2020.asu.edu.

Mary Beth Faller

Reporter , ASU Now

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