ASU's School of Transborder Studies names new interim director

August 16, 2017

The nation’s first School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University has named professor Lisa Magaña as the new interim director of the school.

For nearly 20 years, Magaña has been a part of the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She teaches courses on immigration, transborder studies, Chicana/o studies, Latino/a politics and policy in Arizona. In her new appointment as interim director, she will continue to inspire students to become agents of change who will solve critical challenges at the intersection of borders and society. ASU professor Lisa Magaña Professor Lisa Magaña has been named the interim director for the School of Transborder Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. Download Full Image

Magaña will be influential in the promotion of academic excellence for the school by advancing interdisciplinary knowledge of the Chicana/o and Latina/o experience in the United States-Mexico borderlands. She’ll also be crucial in the development of integrated transborder scholarship to affect transborder policy and social practice.

“Dr. Lisa Magaña brings intelligence, optimism and energy to the leadership role in the School of Transborder Studies,” said Elizabeth Wentz, the dean of social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “With strength of character and the capacity to lead, we look forward to working with Lisa in this next chapter of the school.”

Magaña has contributed scholarship to the areas of immigration, urban policy, migration and Latino/a politics. She’s the author of “Straddling the Border: Immigration Policy and the INS,” and “Mexican Americans and the Politics of Diversity.” More recently, she completed the manuscript, “From A to Z, Latino Politics and Immigration in Arizona,” which is currently under review.

Magaña’s impact is broad. She has been a research associate at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute and visiting lecturer and assistant professor at Pitzer College; University of California, Los Angeles; and California State University at Dominguez Hills and Williams College. She’s also been interviewed by major media outlets, such as NPR, BBC, PBS, the Associated Press and MSNBC. 

Effective August 15, Magaña will become the interim director of the school as professor and sociocultural anthropologist Alejandro Lugo completes his appointment as director. Lugo’s scholarship and teaching in the history of the United States-Mexico borderlands and border theory has helped advance the school’s mission of creating more prosperous and sustainable transborder communities.

“With genuine gratitude, I thank Dr. Alejandro Lugo for his two years of service as director of the School of Transborder Studies,” Wentz said. “Through his broad vision of what it means to be ‘transborder,’ the school is posited to understand and solve many of the complex problems faced globally.”

Amanda Stoneman

Copywriter, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

ABOR letter to faculty, staff for 2017-2018 academic year

August 14, 2017

On behalf of the Arizona Board of Regents, welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year. We count ourselves fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated individuals working on behalf of Arizona’s public universities students.

We trust that a portion of your summer was spent indulging in some well-deserved rest and relaxation, and that you are ready to begin another academic year as we welcome returning students and the new class of 2021! Download Full Image

Because of your hard work, Arizona is home to innovative and excelling universities that prioritize student success while stimulating a growing economy and high quality of life for Arizonans.

Your work is at the heart of a world-class university enterprise where students come from around the world to earn their degrees. Whatever your role — from teaching our students, conducting groundbreaking research or providing support services — your dedication contributes to the success of Arizona State University.  

Students are the ultimate beneficiaries of your work. Because of your efforts, they will be prepared for future careers, benefiting our state and society. We appreciate your commitment and look forward to another productive academic year at ASU.

We wish you the best in the pursuit of knowledge.

Eileen Klein

Eileen I. Klein

President, Arizona Board of Regents



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Bill Ridenour

Chair, Arizona Board of Regents 

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ASU Piper Center announces Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate as new director

August 14, 2017

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing taps Alberto Ríos to foster artistic exchanges, establish educational opportunities

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has appointed Regents’ Professor and Arizona’s inaugural poet laureate Alberto Ríos as the new director of the center. 

For more than 30 years, Ríos has been teaching and inspiring an emerging generation of literary artists at ASU. He champions the art of writing to express the history and values of different communities. In his new appointment as director, he will continue to show the boundless potential of stories to keep cultures and common heritage alive in Arizona and across the globe.

In addition to being named director, Ríos will become the artistic director of the center and hold the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing title. He has also served as the Katharine C. Turner Distinguished Chair in English since 2003.

Ríos will be instrumental in building connections between writers and readers, establishing educational opportunities to support literary artists, encouraging artistic exchanges with international communities and enriching the cultural environment of Arizona and the entire Southwest.

“Ríos is an unparalleled talent in the crafting of American poetry,” said Patrick Kenney, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “His poetry and literary works have positively influenced our community and have been a driving force for Arizona’s culture and heritage.” 

Ríos has authored 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories and a memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, the Arizona Governor's Arts Award, the Walt Whitman Award and the Western States Book Award for Fiction.

Ríos’ work is regularly taught, translated and included in more than 300 national and international anthologies. In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

“I’m confident with this new appointment that Ríos will continue to foster a thriving creative and literary environment at ASU following on the long and successful legacy of Professor Jewell Parker Rhodes, who was the founding director of the Virginia G. Piper Center,” said Mark Searle, the executive vice president and university provost at ASU. “His immense talent and dedication to creative writing will promote the value of the humanities generally and the Piper Center specifically for the college, university and the broader community.”

Effective immediately, Ríos will replace the center’s interim director, Matt Bell. Since February, Bell’s national acclaim and dedication to the students and local literary community has been an asset for embodying the center’s mission of serving the public through exceptional literary programs and resources.

“Bell was willing to serve as interim director on short notice, and we appreciate all of his time and efforts,” Kenney said. 

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the artistic and intellectual heart of a vibrant, multinational and culturally diverse world of writers. The center hosts a wide variety of literary events and programs to serve the public.

In addition, the center offers selected scholarships and fellowships for graduate students in the nationally and internationally renowned Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program.

Amanda Stoneman

Copywriter , College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Green Devils lead a collaborative sustainability culture at ASU

August 14, 2017

Abi Graves’ involvement at Arizona State University changed when she joined the Green Devil Network. The network brings ASU faculty and staff together to develop and lead a sustainable university culture.

“Being part of the Green Devil Network equipped me to change the culture here on campus and in my community,” said Graves, School of Sustainability student engagement coordinator. group of people in green polos ASU's Green Devil Network brings faculty and staff together to develop and lead a sustainable university culture. Download Full Image

Members receive invitations to exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, events and workshops with eco-minded faculty and staff. First year Green Devils network with ASU staff, attend sustainability sessions and complete a toolkit. The toolkit includes instructions on creating a culture of sustainability, waste and carbon reduction and water conservation.

In the second year, Distinguished Green Devils lead a project to improve their area, department and wider ASU community.

To learn more about the network and speak to other Green Devils, attend a recruitment event on the Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, Tempe and West campuses.

“I joined the Green Devil Network because I am interested in sustainability initiatives and learning about what programs or activities that ASU offers in order to help in the sustainability effort,” said Kristen Lee, Center for Molecular Design and Biometrics project coordinator. “I feel that the benefits of joining is that I am one of the first to know about ASU’s latest sustainability efforts and how I can be more involved.”

Participants can attend monthly workshops on the Tempe campus and quarterly events on other campuses. Speakers from ASU departments highlight sustainability practices and goals at ASU. The network also discusses solutions to workplace sustainability challenges.

Program benefits:

• access to the video-based Seeds of Sustainability training
• learn quick and easy tips to green your office or event
• network with ASU leaders
• strengthen your annual performance evaluation
• receive a free ASU green polo shirt

Join the Green Devil Network by Sept. 30 to be featured attendee at the State of Sustainability at ASU event.

For more information, email University Sustainability Practices.

Peter Northfelt

Editor assistant, Business and Finance Support – Communications


ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre announces 2017-2018 season

August 7, 2017

The ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s upcoming season offers something for everyone, from dance concerts and film screenings to cutting-edge theatre and collaborative productions between different art forms. 

A highlight of this year’s season is “Six Stories Tall” — a joint theater and dance production. ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre 2017-18 Season Download Full Image

“One of the goals of this collaboration is to explore interdisciplinary forms that move beyond traditional approaches to art making,” said Mary Fitzgerald, assistant director of dance in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

“Six Stories Tall” is a vibrant collection of hip-hop fairy tales that celebrates urban culture through dance, music and storytelling.

“The innovative practices that have emerged from urban dance (movement and spoken word) can take the production in entirely new directions, perhaps helping to blur the boundaries between the disciplines of dance and theatre,” Fitzgerald said.

Guests interested in dance also have the chance to see several dance concerts this season, including Fall Forward!, a dance showcase featuring new works that explore an exciting range of aesthetics, movement styles and new media platforms that redefine dance and live performance. Emerging Artists and Transition Projects put a spotlight on student work, and SpringDanceFest highlights some of the best pieces from the year.

Two theatre productions in the fall, Jennifer Haley’s “The Nether” and Herberger Institute Professor Michael Rohd’s “The Compass,” tackle sci-fi stories set in the near future. “The Compass” puts a teenager in serious trouble after she consults a decision-making app that tells users what they would do in any situation. The audience acts as the jury in this inventive work that promises a different ending each night.

The last two theatre productions of the season are Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Flick” and “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” both set within the film industry. The first follows the lives of three employees at an old movie theatre, and the second tells the story of an African American actress in 1930s Hollywood.

Film lovers should also check out the two Senior Film Showcases, one at the end of each semester. Audiences have the opportunity to screen a series of films selected by ASU film faculty and industry professionals. Produced by graduating student filmmakers, these works include short films and documentaries as well as cinematography and editing reels.

Purchase tickets at In addition to these events, the School of Film, Dance and Theatre also presents a range of other performances and events, from student productions and faculty work to workshops and performances by guest artists. Some of those include the Performance in the Borderlands series, Sol Motion series, Scholarship Series and FilmSpark events. Visit for more information.

Fall 2017 schedule

Fall Forward!
7:30 p.m. Sept. 15–16; 2 p.m. Sept. 17
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse 
Fall Forward!, the kick-off event of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s 2017-2018 season, features new works created by ASU faculty and guests. Artists explore an exciting range of aesthetics, movement styles and new media platforms that redefine dance and live performance.

The Nether
Written by Jennifer Haley
Directed by William Partlan
7:30 p.m. Oct. 13–14, 19–21; 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 22
Lyceum Theatre
Welcome to the Nether — a network of virtual reality realms. Plug in. Choose an identity. Indulge your every whim. In this near-future, sci-fi thriller, a young detective faces off against the creator of a virtual world that offers a disturbing brand of entertainment. “The Nether” is a tense interrogation of the darkest corners of the human imagination. (Contains unsettling content and mature themes.)

The Compass
Written and Directed by Michael Rohd
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 16–18; 2 p.m. Nov. 12, 19 
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
A teenager finds herself in serious trouble after she consults a decision-making app that tells users what they would do in any situation. Should she be held responsible? Did the app make her do it? Do her motivations matter? You’re the jury in this inventive, near-future work of science fiction.

Emerging Artists I
7:30 p.m. Nov. 17–18; 2 p.m. Nov. 19
Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio Theatre
Featuring Michelle Marji and Rebecca Witt
The Emerging Artists series presents thesis and capstone projects created by MFA and BFA candidates in dance. Students investigate personal stories and thought-provoking issues through live performance, film and interactive media.  

Fall Senior Film Showcase
7 p.m. Dec. 1
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
Film faculty and industry professionals present a curated series of films produced by graduating student filmmakers. The culmination of more than a year’s work, these works include short films and documentaries as well as cinematography and editing reels.

Spring 2018 schedule

Transition Projects I
7:30 p.m. Jan. 26–27; 2 p.m. Jan. 28
Margaret Gisolo Dance Studio Theatre
BFA candidates present an eclectic evening of work, showcasing the culmination of their undergraduate artistic experiences. Spanning the aesthetics of postmodern, urban and hybrid dance styles, this show features original pieces made for the stage, alternative spaces and film. 

Six Stories Tall
Written by Marco Ramirez
Directed by Chris Weise
Choreographed by Melissa Britt
7:30 p.m. Feb. 9–10, 15–17; 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 18
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
“Six Stories Tall” is a vibrant collection of hip-hop fairy tales, from mermaids and monsters to Batman and a world painted purple. This production celebrates urban culture through dance, music and storytelling.

The Flick
Written by Annie Baker
7:30 p.m. Feb. 16–17, 22–24; 2 p.m. Feb. 18, 25
Nelson Fine Arts Center 133
Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Flick” peers behind the scenes of a rundown Massachusetts movie theatre where three employees struggle with friendship, heartbreak and betrayal. “The Flickis a hilarious and moving parable for our times.

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Written by Lynn Nottage
7:30 p.m. April 13–14, 19–21; 2 p.m. April 15, 22
Lyceum Theatre
Vera Stark, an African-American maid and aspiring actress in 1930s Hollywood, sets out to land a role in a southern epic alongside her white starlet employer. Several years and several films later, Stark disappears, leaving scholars to debate her legacy, mine old interview footage for clues and examine her tangled relationships behind-the-scenes of the film that made her famous. Discover Stark’s story in this comedy that takes an irreverent look at race in Hollywood.

7:30 p.m. April 20–21; 2 p.m. April 22
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
SpringDanceFest showcases the breadth of creativity in the dance program, featuring student choreographers and performers in some of the most innovative work of the 2017-2018 season. The concert also includes pieces created by faculty, visiting artists and alumni.

Spring Senior Film Showcase
7 p.m., April 27
Paul V. Galvin Playhouse
Film faculty and industry professionals present a curated series of films produced by graduating student filmmakers. The culmination of more than a year’s work, these works include short films and documentaries as well as cinematography and editing reels. 

Sarah A. McCarty

Communications and marketing coordinator, School and Film, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute


ASU announces international tech leader as new chief information officer

August 7, 2017

Arizona State University has selected Lev Gonick, an internationally recognized leader in innovative technology strategies and solutions, to serve as chief information officer (CIO) starting Nov. 1.

Gonick will lead the University Technology Office (UTO), responsible for providing technology services and support to ASU’s more than 72,000 on-campus students, 28,000 online students and 15,000 faculty and staff. Gonick will report to Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost; and Morgan R. Olsen, executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. He will also hold the rank of professor of practice. Gonick will replace current CIO Gordon Wishon, who retires at the end of the year. man speaking at podium Lev Gonick will serve as ASU's chief information officer starting Nov. 1. Download Full Image

“Under Gordon’s exceptional leadership for the past seven years, ASU’s technology office has met the challenges of a growing, globally connected university,” Searle said. “Lev’s vision, transformational leadership style and track record of innovation will support the university in further realizing the potential of technology to empower the ASU community.”

A model for the New American University, ASU relies on its world-class University Technology Office to ensure students and staff have the resources they need to pursue academic excellence in the face of unprecedented technological advancements. The UTO is the hub for ASU’s “smart campus” initiative, which is leveraging Internet of Things technology, big data and analytics to provide students with a 21st-century higher-education experience.

Gonick will serve in a consulting role prior to starting in his official capacity. Presently, he concurrently serves as chief executive officer of DigitalC, a nonprofit that catalyzes innovative technology for community impact; and OneCommunity, an award-winning organization he co-founded that enables innovation, collaboration and productivity through next-generation broadband networks.

“We are delighted to welcome Lev to ASU,” said Olsen. “Throughout his professional career he has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, creativity and collaboration that aligns with the university’s efforts to redefine the landscape of public higher education.”

From 2001 to 2013, Gonick was chief information officer at Case Western Reserve University, where he and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects and organizational development.

Inside Business magazine named Gonick to its Power 100 list in 2015, and Government Technology recognized him as one of the "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation" in 2011. That same year, Crain's Cleveland Business named Gonick one of its "10 Difference Makers" in northeast Ohio and Broadband Properties honored him with a Cornerstone Award for "using fiber to build an inclusive society and empower individuals." In 2010, he was honored as "Visionary of the Year" by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Gonick has been recognized by ComputerWorld as a Premier 100 IT leader and by CIO Magazine with a CIO 100 Award.

A frequent international speaker and consultant, Gonick serves on the boards of Luminance, Civitas Learning, DigitalC, Coalition for Local Internet Choice, Jewish Family Services Association, Macromedia University, US Ignite, Groundworks Dance Company, Northeast Ohio Sustainable Community Consortium, OneCommunity and New Media Consortium.

“I have long been inspired by the vision and mission of ASU,” Gonick said. “I have the greatest respect for the senior administration and the many faculty and staff I have met on campus. I am genuinely thrilled to join ASU and help chart the ways in which the professional technology community can contribute to the advancement of this innovative university.”

Gonick holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in political science from Binghamton University and a doctorate in political science from York University.

Sun Devil achievers sought for 3 upcoming Alumni Association award events

August 2, 2017

Arizona State University’s alumni base, now 496,000 strong, is filled with Sun Devils who have used their ASU education to help others, enrich the community and make the world a better place. The community is officially invited to help the ASU Alumni Association locate candidates for three upcoming award programs, which will honor graduates of the institution who have made significant contributions in a variety of areas of achievement.

Nominees are currently being sought for the following awards: Jack Furst accepts the Philanthropist of the Year honor at the 2017 Founders' Day Awards. Download Full Image

Homecoming Awards

The association presents two awards at Homecoming — the Alumni Service Award, which recognizes distinguished, exemplary and extraordinary service to ASU and the Alumni Association by an alumnus; and the Alumni Appreciation Award, which is presented to a community member who is not a graduate of ASU for contributions that have enhanced the stature and success of ASU and the Alumni Association.

This year, the awards will be presented at halftime of the ASU-USC Homecoming game on Oct 28.

Founders’ Day Awards

The Alumni Association's Founders' Day Awards Dinner is one of the organization's signature events. Honorees at this event include faculty, staff, alumni and philanthropists whose contributions to the university and the community at large exemplify the pioneering spirit of the founders of the institution.

Founders’ Day will be held on March 21, 2018.

Sun Devil 100 Awards

This event highlights ASU’s incredible history of entrepreneurial leadership and celebrates the achievements of Sun Devil-owned and Sun Devil-led businesses across the country.

The next Sun Devil 100 ceremony is scheduled for April 25, 2018.


The deadline for nominations for all three award programs is 5 p.m. Sept. 15.

For additional information on these awards, to make a nomination, as well as learn about the Alumni Association’s other community awards, visit

Orange Mall revamp marks new era in ASU campus mall renovations

August 1, 2017

Orange Mall renovations mark a sustained improvement in the area around the Memorial Union on Arizona State University's Tempe campus and will be complete with the new Student Pavilion, opening in fall 2017.

“More space for the community and the incorporation of nature benefits everyone in large and small ways," said Byron Sampson, associate director of the Office of the University Architect. "ASU’s mission is to leverage our place, and a transformation of this area is crucial to our ability to do so." Artist rendering of Orange Mall extension The current asphalt cul-de-sac and unshaded walkways in front of the pavilion create a heat island that will be mitigated by new bioswales along the length of Orange Mall. Bioswales capture and filter storm water runoff, pavilion condensate and roof drainage. Artist rendering by Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture Download Full Image

The project extends the pavilion's indoor areas outside and increases pedestrian space. It features:

• electrical charging outlets
• fixed benches and lounge chairs
• landfill-recycle bin duos
• movable tables and chairs
• new benches

The current asphalt cul-de-sac and unshaded walkways in front of the pavilion create a heat island that will be mitigated by new bioswales along the length of Orange Mall. Bioswales capture and filter storm water runoff, pavilion condensate and roof drainage.

The reclaimed water irrigates the landscape that will feature 23 new date palms. The dates produced by the palms in the Palm Court will be collected as part of the annual ASU Campus Harvest.

The first Certified Sustainable Sites project at ASU follows the Tempe Campus Hardscape Master Plan. Collaboration with student groups, staff and consultants contributed to the use of locally sourced elements:

• soil, compost, mulch and rock from within 50 miles
• plants from within 250 miles
• other construction materials from within 500 miles

The revamp also extends the current Walk-Only Zone and increases the amount of pedestrian-centric space. New bicycle spaces will be integrated with the MU bike valet, and more bike parking will be added next to the new Orange Mall.

ASU wins Best Game Day Technology Experience honor

July 25, 2017

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and CDW-G, a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and health care, have announced Arizona State University as the winner of the inaugural Best Game Day Technology Experience Award. ASU was chosen from a pool of three finalists and received the award for its “Smart Campus” initiative. 

The Best Game Day Technology Experience Award will be presented by NACDA and CDW-G this fall, at an on-campus event hosted by ASU. Smart Stadium experience Download Full Image

“We are humbled to receive this award from NACDA and CDW-G,” said Ray Anderson, vice president for university athletics. “The work being done on our Smart Stadium project is unparalleled and a testament to the investment our university leadership has made in ensuring Sun Devil Nation has an experience to match their passion. We are extremely fortunate to partner with our first-class University Technology Office on this project, and we look forward to continuing to test new technologies as we not only reinvent Sun Devil Stadium, but find new ways to interact with our fans and enhance their experiences.”

The award was designed to recognize NACDA member institutions in Division I, honoring athletics directors and their universities highlighting the ways technology plays a role in the fan experience. A five-person committee consisting of athletics directors across the country and representatives from CDW-G and NACDA aided in selecting ASU as this year's award winner.

ASU will receive a trophy and $25,000 in Microsoft and Cisco technology products and services from CDW-G.

“Arizona State University’s ‘Smart Campus’ initiative is aptly named. With cutting-edge IoT (Internet of Things) technologies in place, it effectively uses those devices and data to improve the stadium experience,” said Nicci Fagan, director of area sales for CDW-G. “We are proud to celebrate ASU’s innovation and excellence with the first annual Best Game Day Technology Experience Award.”

“Arizona State is setting a new standard for game-day technology on campus,” said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. “It is remarkable to witness the time, effort and creativity that goes into projects like ASU’s Smart Campus initiative. Congratulations to the Sun Devils athletics department for their groundbreaking efforts in enhancing the game day experience for fans and the campus community.”

For the 2016-17 Sun Devil Football season, Arizona State University (ASU) began its “Smart Campus” initiative, implementing Internet of Things technologies to enrich the game-day experience. ASU utilized the new technologies to improve operational insights for facilities, create a unique suite experience for stakeholders, and enhance the game experience for fans. Its primary focuses were Smart Parking, a Smart Noise Meter and a Smart Suite, all of which utilized an inter-networking of devices to collect and exchange data in new and meaningful ways.

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ASU a 'best buy,' according to 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges

Fiske guide names ASU a best buy for academics, value.
July 17, 2017

Guide annually ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition

Students seeking a quality education at a reasonable price can look to Arizona State University as a "best buy," according to Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018.

The guide, which annually ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition, included ASU on its list of only 20 public universities designated this year. 

ASU shared the distinction with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Maryland, the University of Florida and the University of Washington, among others. It was the only Arizona school on the list.

The Fiske guide describes ASU as a university “where ‘massive innovation’ is the norm and where an interdisciplinary culture is seen as the best means of developing ‘world-changing ideas.’ ASU’s stated goal is to serve any Arizona student qualified for college-level work and, in the process, it has become a national model of how to deal with the emerging demographics of U.S. higher education.”

Fiske reports ASU’s tuition for in-state students at around $11,000. In fact, very few resident students pay that amount: with gift aid and scholarships, the average Arizonan pays $1,800 in net tuition per school year.

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ASU’s commitment to access and affordability has created an influx of students from a diverse socioeconomic range, expanding ASU’s reach beyond many similar schools.

And it’s not just Arizona students benefiting from the high-value proposition presented by ASU.

Students from all states have access to the world-class education of the No. 1 most innovative university in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, for a reasonable cost. 

“The scholarship I got from ASU made my out-of-state tuition about equivalent to what it would have cost in California to go to school,” said Lauren Gooch, a senior studying marketing. “Also, being able to graduate in four years was important to me — ASU guaranteed that, while the California schools I was considering could not.”

The Fiske guide is not the only ranking in which ASU excels. In addition to the No. 1 in innovation ranking — ahead of No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 MIT — the university ranks in the top 10 for graduate employability ahead of MIT, Columbia and UCLA, according to Times Higher Education. 

ASU is the No. 1 public university in the U.S. as chosen by international students according to the Institute of International Education.

And it’s home to a top 25 law school, a top 25 graduate business school and a top 20 fine arts school in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report.

And like the Fiske “best buy,” it has been designated a “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s.