ASU Alumni Association offers back-to-school packs for Sun Devil educators

July 28, 2020

The start of the school year may look different for many teachers, but whether the classroom is virtual or in person, the Arizona State University Alumni Association wants to help Sun Devil educators show off their ASU spirit, both in the classroom and online. For the third year, the association is offering complimentary ASU-themed, back-to-school packs for Sun Devil educators who teach pre–K to college. 

“The ASU Alumni Association and its university partners want to thank our teachers for all that they have done for their students and their communities,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president and CEO of the association. “As educators begin to prepare for a new year with unknowns, we want to provide materials and resources that allow educators to show their Sun Devil pride and inspire their students.”  ASU Alumni Association - Packing Back-to-School Packs for educators Christine Wilkinson, ASU Alumni Association President and CEO (center) and others in her department fill envelopes with ASU back-to-school packs at Carson Ballroom on July 23, 2020. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now Download Full Image

In partnership with Educational Outreach and Student Services and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, this year’s packet includes a brochure with ASU resources, a notepad for the educator, a magnetic academic year calendar, a poster for the virtual or physical classroom, stickers for the students, Flat Sparky, a webcam security cover, a coffee sleeve and an ASU bandana.

Teachers can visit to download ASU Zoom backgrounds, desktop backgrounds, lesson plans and social media photos. The spirit packet is ideal for teachers, guidance counselors, social workers, librarians and English language-learning teachers. 

Last year, the initiative engaged more than 3,300 educators from across 40 states and four countries. On Thursday, July 23, the Alumni Association staff packed thousands of back-to-school packs while remaining socially distant and wearing face masks.

The ASU back-to-school pack can be requested through an online form and should be ordered by Sept. 9. After receiving the packet, educators are asked to post a selfie on social media using #sundevilteacher.

Morgan Harrison

Director of strategic communications , ASU Alumni Association


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ASU among top 10 ‘Best Buy’ public schools in latest Fiske Guide to Colleges

ASU is the only Arizona school to make Fiske Guide's "Best Buy" top 10 list.
July 28, 2020

University's strong programs, support services highlighted in annual report

Arizona State University has been ranked in the top 10 “Best Buy” public schools in the 2021 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the only Arizona school to make the list.

Now in its 37th edition, the Fiske Guide provides an annual snapshot into more than 320 public and private colleges and universities across the country, ranking the institutions for academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition. ASU shares the distinction with, among others, the University of Florida, the University of Iowa, the University of Washington and Texas A&M. ASU was also recognized last year

The guide, which is widely known as a reputable resource for prospective students and parents, recognizes ASU for innovation and touts the university as a “national model of how to navigate the emerging demographics of U.S. higher education.”

“ASU is proud to be an advocate and leader for higher education,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “We understand that no two learners are alike, and are honored that the Fiske Guide recognizes the commitments ASU has made to provide flexible options to those who are interested in pursuing their educational or career goals through the university’s nationally ranked programs.”

ASU offers a wide variety of academic choices with more than 800 undergraduate and graduate programs from the university’s 16 colleges and schools — along with access to top programs and award-winning faculty through ASU Online. The Fiske Guide highlights ASU’s hands-on programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; spotlights the “ambitious honors projects” at Barrett, The Honors College; and calls the School of Earth and Space Exploration a leading center for research in astronomy and astrophysics. The guide also identifies eight strong programs at ASU:

  • Architecture.
  • Art.
  • Business.
  • Design.
  • Education.
  • Engineering.
  • Journalism.
  • Performing arts.

Positioned in one of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas, ASU has made “serious efforts to provide students with strong support services,” according to the guide. The Fiske Guide points to ASU’s award-winning First-Year Success Center, where new students can receive a variety of peer coaching services to help them adjust to college life while reaching their goals. Also noted: the success of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, contributing to the growth of ASU’s veteran population.

Overall, research expenditures are up at ASU, along with student retention and graduation rates. In fiscal year 2018, ASU reported a record total of $617.7 million in research expenditures, rising to No. 7 in total research expenditures for universities without a medical school.

Base tuition for an Arizona resident and full-time student is about $10,710, although ASU offers a number of opportunities for tuition assistance, including financial aid and scholarships — significantly reducing the cost of a college education.

Top photo by Arizona State University 

Jimena Garrison

Copywriter , Media Relations and Strategic Communications