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Daily health check a part of ASU's Community of Care

August 9, 2020

Checking in via app, phone or website required starting Aug. 24

Editor's note: A previous version of this story had the date of requirement as Aug. 17.

Advancing the well-being of the ASU community is a full team effort. As part of that, the university is developing a Community of Care, where we recognize that our actions impact the lives and health of others. 

As a part of ASU's proactive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and promote well-being across the community, all students and employees will be asked to “check in” on their health on a daily basis. All students and employees, with the exception of ASU Online students, will be required to complete a daily health check via the app by answering a series of questions and recording a self-obtained temperature. Being mindful of our health during the pandemic will help promote a healthy working and learning environment.

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Some frequently asked questions are answered below; find more at

Question: What exactly does a daily health check entail?

Answer: The daily health check involves taking one's temperature and answering questions about any COVID-19 symptoms before beginning your day.

Q: Do I have to? 

A: Yes, it is required. The daily health check is a critical strategy for keeping our community healthy and is a requirement for all students and employees, with the exception of ASU Online students. Students should fill it out every day and can note on the app if they are not coming to campus.

The health check update to the ASU mobile app is available now, and daily health checks will be required starting Aug. 24. Noncompliance may result in loss of access to ASU systems until the health check is completed, and willful noncompletion may result in disciplinary action.

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The ASU Mobile App has been updated with the daily health check.

Q: How do I check in?

A: There are three easy options:

  • ASU Mobile App: Sun Devils will be able to complete the health check, leverage additional health resources and get reminders via the app. (If you have previously downloaded the app on your smartphone, make sure to update the app or reinstall it to get the health check update.)

  • ASU community members can also check in through our web portal.

  • ASU Experience Center: If you do not have access to the internet, call 844-448-0031 to complete your health check before you begin each day. Students and employees are asked to utilize the app or website first and only use the phone number if they have no other option.

Q: What if I don't have a thermometer?

A: A digital oral thermometer is included in the Community of Care kit, provided free of charge to every ASU employee and student. The kit also includes two face coverings, several packs of wipes and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Some people think the bag containing it all is pretty snazzy, too.

Students living in student housing will receive their kits upon move-in. Students living off campus can pick up their kits beginning Aug. 10 at Sun Devil Campus Stores located on each of ASU’s metropolitan Phoenix campuses; students must present their Sun Card to claim a kit.

Employee kits began to be distributed the week of July 27 via interoffice mail. One kit per person will be sent to their assigned mail code and addressed to the business operations managers (BOMs) in each area. BOMs and/or other administrative staff in each area can make them available for pickup or individual distribution as they deem appropriate. For mail codes that are still on hold, Mail Services will deliver when the mail code is reopened.

Q: What about when I'm on vacation?

A: You will not need to check in daily if you are on planned time off, but you will need to set your work schedule in advance through the app, website or phone system to reflect that you will not be on campus for a period of time. 

Within settings, you can set a custom schedule for days you will be working. 

Q: Will my health information be kept private?

A: Your answers to the health screening will be kept confidential — the university's primary concern is whether it is safe for you to come on campus and interact with others, and to provide support and resources should you become ill.

Q: What else is involved with the Community of Care?

A: In addition to the Community of Care video training required of all employees and students, members of the ASU community are encouraged to:

  • Share COVID-19 test results with ASU. If you test positive for COVID-19, you can share those results with ASU so we can follow up to provide support and send an alert to those you may have been in contact with.
  • Share your on-campus location for exposure management. This can help ASU determine if you have crossed paths while on campus with someone who ASU has been informed was diagnosed with COVID-19. This can be done through the ASU Mobile App.

Q: What about COVID-19 testing? Where can I get that done?

A: ASU offers a saliva-based COVID-19 test at no cost for students, employees and the public. Results are usually available within 24–48 hours. Please see the corresponding category below for how to schedule a test.

STUDENTS: Schedule a test through My Health Portal on the ASU Health Services website at Those who are experiencing symptoms and/or want to talk with a medical provider about their health may schedule a telemedicine appointment through the same portal or by calling 480-965-3349. Note: COVID-19 tests do not require a telehealth pre-appointment, but telehealth is available if students want to speak with a medical provider.

EMPLOYEES: Schedule a test at This is for employees only, not spouses or dependents.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: Schedule a test at the Arizona Department of Health Services’ testing site at; look for ASU Biodesign Institute entries on the list of dates and locations. The saliva tests are prohibited for individuals younger than 8.

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ASU alumni represented well in the Phoenix Business Journal’s '40 Under 40 Awards'

August 5, 2020

More than a third of this year’s Phoenix Business Journal “40 Under 40” honorees are Arizona State University alumni, with representatives from eight different colleges. The 15 honorees pursued careers in law, nonprofits, sustainability, engineering, journalism, higher education and social work. 

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More than 400 nominations were reviewed and narrowed down to 40 honorees by a panel of judges that included previous winners and sponsors. All the honorees will be featured in a “40 Under 40” special section to be published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Business Journal and at a virtual awards celebration Aug. 5.

To celebrate their achievements, ASU will be sharing the honorees’ biographies on its social media channels in the upcoming weeks.

Congratulations to this year’s Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees and ASU alumni:

Eric M. Bailey
Bailey Strategic Innovation Group

Antwan Davis
Beyond Borders & Co.

John Gray
Perkins Coie LLP

Jon Howard
Quarles & Brady LLP

David Jackson
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Jacob Kashiwagi
Kashiwagi Solution Model Inc.

Lindsay Leavitt
Jennings Strouss Law Firm

Jamison Manwaring
Neighborhood Ventures

Anna Ortiz

Lea Phillips
Ballard Spahr

Vanessa Ruiz
Arizona State University

Drew Trojanowski
Arizona State University

Karla Verdugo
United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Dylan Vicha
Windom Security Strategies Today and Wounded Warriors

Tamara Wright
Community Solutions

ASU Law announces new leadership positions

August 4, 2020

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has announced the following new appointments and expanded roles on its leadership team.

Adam Chodorow is now vice dean, taking on broader responsibilities in the external relations of the school, in addition to continuing to serve as the Jack E. Brown Professor of Law. photo of asu law deans Download Full Image

Zachary Kramer is now executive associate dean with broader responsibilities for the day-to-day function of the school, in addition to continuing as a professor of law and the Mary Sigler Fellow. 

Eric Menkhus is now associate dean of centers, programs and innovations leading efforts to support and grow the school’s centers of excellence in research and teaching.

Tamara Herrera is now associate dean of academic affairs, succeeding Chodorow in this role, with oversight of academic experience for students and faculty.

Victoria Sahani is newly appointed as associate dean of faculty development, succeeding Herrera in this role, to support faculty research and innovation.

Kathlene Rosier is newly appointed as assistant dean of institutional progress to focus her efforts on the student experience. She will continue to serve as executive director of ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program.

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ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester

“A big part of what makes ASU Law so special is our stellar faculty and staff who work hard every day to ensure we are delivering the most exceptional law school experience possible,” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said.

“As we all are facing challenging times, I am confident we will overcome these circumstances with this team, and I continue to be so grateful to be a part of the ASU Law community.”

Julie Tenney

Interim Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

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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.

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Woodbury named CEO of Science Foundation Arizona

ASU's chief science and technology officer will lead the nonprofit, which connects researchers, businesses

July 21, 2020

Neal Woodbury, interim executive vice president of Arizona State University's Knowledge Enterprise and chief science and technology officer, has been named chief executive officer of Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz). SFAz is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to establish industry and university partnerships, attract world class talent and jobs to Arizona, enhance the state’s competitive standing in the global economy, and increase access to quality STEM education. 

“It’s an honor to be selected for this role, and I’m excited to work with the exceptional board members at SFAz, my colleagues at Arizona universities, our state government and the science-based industry in Arizona,” Woodbury said. “I also look forward to helping expand the application of innovative science and the high-tech workforce that underlies it.” Neal Woodbury ASU Neal Woodbury, ASU chief science and technology officer. Download Full Image

Woodbury is assuming the position previously held by William Harris, who served as CEO of SFAz since its inception in 2006. Under Harris’ leadership, SFAz funded and enhanced research and education at Arizona’s three state universities, as well as developed collaborative relationships with industry and state government. 

“The board of SFAz is pleased that a leader and scholar of such regard has accepted the leadership of the organization. Our board, led by SFAz founder Don Budinger and our longstanding CEO, Bill Harris, have built a significant asset for our state. The foundational support of our primary donor, Jerry Bisgrove, allowed SFAz to leverage additional resources and make broad investments in research that contributed greatly to our state’s economic prosperity,” said Rick Myers, chairman of the SFAz board and former Arizona Board of Regents member. “Going forward, we appreciate the strong support of ASU to keep SFAz building on our past success. With Neal’s leadership, we are excited for what the future will bring.”

Throughout the course of his 32-year tenure with ASU, Woodbury has been a trusted resource and advocate for the research enterprise, regularly advising ASU leadership on issues related to the university’s major research activities. He has been responsible for developing new, large-scale collaborative projects, as well as facilitating broad interactions between the Knowledge Enterprise and ASU’s academic units. Woodbury concurrently serves as a professor in ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences.

“It’s great news for Arizona that Neal Woodbury has been appointed the next CEO of SFAz," said David Schultz, vice president for research at Northern Arizona University. "Neal’s deep knowledge of science and technology, Arizona’s universities, the needs and potential of STEM education, and the opportunities that exist to build Arizona’s economy, are ideally suited to support SFAz’s mission and the goals of the state in STEM and technology business growth. I look forward to working with Neal and furthering collaborations between Arizona’s great higher education institutions.”

Woodbury is an expert in the field of electron transfer and photosynthesis and is the co-founder of HealthTell, a company focused on a diagnostic technology known as immunosignaturing. In addition to his academic and research achievements, Woodbury is a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors and holds multiple patents.

Woodbury will continue in his role as interim executive vice president and professor at ASU in addition to this appointment.

ASU Law and Behavioral Science initiative wins 2020 President's Award for Innovation

July 10, 2020

In just three years’ time, the group of faculty behind the Law and Behavioral Science initiative took Arizona State University from relative obscurity in the field to one of the most dominant players. In recognition of their dedication and hard work, the original team of eight who founded the initiative has been named the recipient of the 2020 President’s Award for Innovation.

Nicholas Schweitzer, founding director of the group and an associate professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, said it is an honor to be recognized, but their success would not have been possible without the commitment of the ASU faculty and students who have contributed to the initiative’s success over the years. statue of Lady Justice Download Full Image

“It’s pretty unusual to go from nothing to the kind of scale and the scope we have in just a few years,” Schweitzer said. “When I looked back at how many times ASU has presented at national and international conferences, we had more people presenting than any other university in the world. And we’ve been very fortunate because we’ve been able to recruit the best students and the very best faculty.”

The purpose of the initiative is to bring together scholars and students from across ASU whose research interests are at the intersection of law and psychology, an area which has broad appeal and an exciting potential for real-world impact.

“This team has been incredibly innovative in taking scientific principles about human behavior from psychology — including social, cognitive and affective processes — and integrating them with an understanding of law and legal institutions to address important societal problems,” said School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Associate Director Nicole Roberts.

“They were front-runners in bringing together topics to create a new, and hugely popular, field of study at ASU — forensic psychology. Although there are now many interdisciplinary teams at ASU, they were one of the first not only to engage in this, but also to gain traction among students at all levels — undergraduate through doctoral — and to draw national attention as a destination for cutting-edge research in psychology and law. Their research questions have widespread implications, such as how to reduce bias in the legal system; how to understand who is convicted or exonerated and under what circumstances; and how to change ineffective or unfair practices within the criminal justice system. Their collective work allows them to examine individual- and institutional-level processes using a variety of descriptive and experimental methods.”

The initiative’s founding team will be recognized by ASU President Michael Crow at a ceremony this fall. They include faculty from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences:

  • Nicholas Schweitzer, founding director – School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College.
  • Hank Fradella – School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Watts College.
  • Michael Saks – Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
  • Jose Ashford – School of Social Work, Watts College.
  • Jessica Salerno – School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College.
  • Tess Neal – School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, New College.
  • Tosha Ruggles – director of academic services for Graduate Studies, New College.
  • Todd Sandrin – dean, New College.

The President's Award for Innovation honors ASU faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the university and higher education in general through the creation, development and implementation of innovative projects, programs, initiatives, services and techniques.

Since its founding, the Law and Behavioral Science initiative has grown to include 32 core and affiliated faculty across seven schools and colleges at ASU, operating five cross-school academic programs that educate over 1,300 students at the undergraduate, master's degree and doctoral levels, placing it among the largest in the world of its type.

“We already had the intellectual base to do something like this and just needed to be brought together with some organizational structure,” Schweitzer said. “Once that happened, we realized we were really poised to do something big.”

The initiative is responsible for research that has looked into such issues as how emotion affects jury members’ decision-making, the effectiveness of tools used to assess one’s competence to stand trial and more.

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU Now

(480) 965-9657

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ASU's top academic programs keep climbing in world rankings

July 10, 2020

For years, Arizona State University has been recognized globally for its top-ranked academic programs, and 2020 is no different.

Shanghai Ranking released its annual Global Ranking of Academic Subjects on June 29, rating more than 4,000 universities across 54 subjects in natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. ASU made some notable achievements, ranking significantly higher than in 2019 in at least five subjects, while ranking in the top 20 nationally in at least eight subjects.

In the W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU’s management program ranked fifth globally, up from seventh in 2019 — outranking Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Business administration jumped from 26th to 16th place globally, while economics ranked 21st, up a few spots from the No. 25 position in 2019.

“We are thrilled our faculty’s scholarly research is being recognized as 21st in the world in economics, an increase of four places over last year, in addition to moving up two places to 5th in Management,” W. P. Carey Dean Amy Hillman said. "Overall, the W. P. Carey School of Business advanced 10 places since last year to 16th in the world. Our faculty research is at the highest tiers, and we’re grateful for the recognition.”

ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is also celebrating higher global rankings in 2020, coming in at 15th — up from 23rd place in 2019, and besting other reputable institutions like Northwestern and Cornell.

“For ASU Law to move up a remarkable eight spots in just one year and achieve this prestigious honor as now the 15th top law school globally is incredible and a testament to the passion and innovation our students and faculty demonstrate each day,” ASU Law Dean Douglas Sylvester said. “Additionally, earlier this year we jumped three spots to become No. 24 in the U.S. News & World Report’s best law school rankings. It’s humbling to be recognized for our continued efforts to provide students the finest educational experience that helps them make an impact in their legal careers. My heartfelt congratulations to them and to our faculty and staff for their tremendous leadership.”

In the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, environmental science and engineering ranked 10th globally, a remarkable increase from the 39th spot in 2019, and outperformed Princeton, the University of Colorado at Boulder and Yale University.

“We are very proud of the recognition exemplified by the rise in rankings of our environmental engineering program,” said Ram Pendyala, director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. “Our award-winning faculty are engaged in cutting edge research and are renowned for their work in advancing public health, cleaning the environment and combating climate change. Their contributions to improving the human condition around the world are truly inspirational.”

READ MORE: School of Public Affairs' rankings for public administration research rise to No. 2 in nation, No. 4 in world

Shanghai Ranking used five criteria to rank thousands of universities across the globe, including the number of papers published in top journals and the number of faculty awards in the specific subjects. Below is a list of some of ASU’s best 2020 rankings based on subject.

Business administration

2020 world ranking: 16th

2020 national ranking: 14th


2020 world ranking: 21st

2020 national ranking: 17th


2020 world ranking: 17th

2020 national ranking: 14th

Environmental science and engineering

2020 world ranking: 10th

2020 national ranking: Seventh


2020 world ranking: 24th

2020 national ranking: Fourth


2020 world ranking: 15th

2020 national ranking: 15th


2020 world ranking: Fifth

2020 national ranking: Third

Telecommunication engineering

2020 world ranking: 76th–100th

2020 national ranking: 10th–12th

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ADHS, ASU announce partnership to increase COVID-19 testing in Arizona

Tests are by appointment only; schedule at
July 9, 2020

ASU will launch program to provide free saliva-based diagnostic testing for up to 100,000 Arizonans

July 13 update: An additional date has been added: 7-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 14. Appointments can be made at the same link below, with the same agency code. Please check for future dates and times.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University announced a new partnership Thursday that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state.

The tests are by appointment only, which can be scheduled by visiting The first testing will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Gate 6, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. in Phoenix. Pre-register now by creating an account using the code jdzkkww6. Note that saliva testing is prohibited for those under the age of 8 years old.

Through this partnership, ADHS has committed up to $12.7 million to fund the expansion of testing sites to serve up to 100,000 Arizonans. ASU’s Biodesign Institute announced in May that it had developed the first saliva-based COVID-19 test in the state and has been utilizing saliva-based testing over the past six weeks to test critical workforce including health care workers, first responders and infrastructure personnel. ASU has also been using the saliva-based test with employees and students.

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ASU’s Biodesign Institute developed the first saliva-based COVID-19 test in the state and over the past six weeks has used it to test critical workforce. In the coming week, it will begin testing the public. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

“This critical partnership will have an immediate impact in the fight against COVID-19 and help us surge testing where it’s needed most,” Gov. Doug Ducey said. “My thanks to Arizona State University for their continued partnership and for continuing to step up to aid public health in innovative and invaluable ways.”

“We are excited to partner with Arizona State University to launch this new testing program that will increase our capacity to test more people for COVID-19,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director. “Testing is an important public health tool to help us track COVID-19 and to implement mitigation strategies to slow the spread of the disease in Arizona, and over the last several months we have been working with partners across the state to increase COVID-19 testing. This includes providing funding for new testing equipment and distributing specimen collection kits to health care partners, laboratories and local health departments.”

“It is the university’s commitment to be of service to the citizens of the state of Arizona in any way we can as we all work together to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “We are fortunate to have some extremely talented people at the university who have developed an innovative testing model, and it is our duty to share that expertise and put it to work to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

The new partnership with ASU will further increase the number of people who are getting a diagnostic COVID-19 test. ASU is working with ADHS on details related to future testing sites around the state. Since April, PCRPCR, or polymerase chain reaction, tests are used to detect the presence of an antigen. diagnostic testing has increased 596% from 52,866 tests in April to 367,992 tests in June. There have been 36,653 PCR tests reported in the first week of July.

Arizonans can take the following precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wear a mask every time you are in public, even if you do not feel sick. 
  • Physically distance by staying at least 6 feet away from others who are not in your household when you are in public. 
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 
  • Arizonans at higher risk for severe illness should continue to stay at home and avoid crowded public spaces. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) and immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Health care providers are offering testing at nearly 300 testing locations statewide. People are encouraged to follow the instructions on the testing website as many of the health care providers require individuals to pre-register for testing and may have other requirements to get tested. Testing locations along with appointment times and registration links can be found online at

Top photo: Meghan Herrick (right) demonstrates giving Irene Mendoza instructions to fill the collection tube between a minimum and maximum level at one of seven ASU employee COVID-19 testing sites on Thursday.

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What is the difference between ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online?

July 9, 2020

We answer some questions about the new learning environment called ASU Sync

As ASU students prepare to head back to campus for the fall 2020 semester, we break down the details of the new learning environment called ASU Sync and how it is different from both iCourses and ASU Online.

ASU Sync and iCourses are offered to those enrolled as on-campus students. The easiest way to tell the difference is to look at the Location column in the course catalog, ASU Class Search. In-person classes (which ASU Sync is part of) will list a physical classroom; iCourses will have "iCourse" as their location.

ASU Online courses are most similar to iCourses in how they are delivered (entirely online). However, they are separate enrollment options using different course catalogs. On-campus students cannot take ASU Online courses, and ASU Online students cannot take iCourses (or in-person classes).

Learn more about each learning experience below.

ASU Sync

ASU Sync combines live Zoom lectures with in-the-classroom instruction. Students enrolled in in-person classes will attend classes both in person and via ASU Sync (Zoom). Sometimes students will need to attend class via ASU Sync for distancing reasons (keeping classrooms below a certain capacity), and other times students will utilize ASU Sync for health concerns or because they cannot be on campus due to travel restrictions.

The overwhelming majority of in-person courses will have an ASU Sync option (the exceptions are explained below); ASU Sync is already built-in, with no need to "opt in" for it. Students will access the ASU Sync option from their My ASU course list; the week before classes begin, each class listed under View My Schedule will have buttons next to them that allow students to launch a live ASU Sync session.

 Things to know about ASU Sync:

  • Every student in a class will participate in every class: Some will do so in person in the classroom; others will be participating in real time, via Zoom. 
  • To accommodate social distancing, professors will create a schedule for students on who attends in-person vs. remotely. For example, if you sign up for a Tuesday/Thursday class, your professor may assign you to come in person on Tuesdays and attend remotely on Thursdays. Professors will contact enrolled students in August to inform them how their specific class will be taught and managed.
  • Some classes (like performing arts or science labs) will be in-person only. For classes that will be offered in-person only, you will see a gray, "In-Person Only" tag to the right of the course name in your My ASU semester schedule. Additional instructions for students enrolled in classes that will meet in-person only can be found in the Special Notes section of the class details.
  • July 21 update: Some classes, primarily those with enrollment of 100 students or more, will only be via ASU Sync, without the in-person component. Those are labeled "ASU Sync Only" in the class list in My ASU.

MORE: Register for upcoming webinars or watch previous ones on the ASU Sync page


These courses are designed to be taken entirely online, for the duration of the semester. They feature recorded lectures and other content, which students can watch and utilize on their own schedule. 

Over 2,400 iCourses are available. On-campus students can find and register for an iCourse by filtering by campus location in ASU Class Search. The link to the online coursework will be available via the class list on My ASU.

ASU Online

ASU Online is a separate enrollment system.

Things to know about ASU Online:

  • ASU Online classes are not ASU Sync classes or iCourses. They have different course catalogs.
  • ASU Online courses are 100% remote learning, as they always have been.
  • On-campus students cannot sign up for ASU Online courses.

More resources: 

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ASU's Hugh Downs School names new interim director

June 30, 2020

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University has named Paul Mongeau as interim director beginning July 1.

A professor at the school since 2002, Mongeau currently serves as associate director, a position he has held since 2013. Mongeau is also an ASU alumnus, having received his BS (1981) and his MA (1983) from the then Department of Communication.  Professor Paul Mongeau Download Full Image

Mongeau replaces Linda C. Lederman, a professor of health and human communication who has led the school since 2014.  Lederman previously served as dean of social sciences at The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU. Lederman will take a year-long research leave and then continue teaching in August 2021.

READ MORE: ASU’s Hugh Downs School director to step down on July 1

Mongeau is a leading researcher in interpersonal and persuasive communication and has an acclaimed reputation, as is reflected in how frequently his work is cited and used by other scholars in communication and other disciplines.

“Professor Mongeau’s exceptional work in the field of human communication and his commitment to excellence at ASU position him to serve as an excellent leader for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication,” said Pardis Mahdavi, dean of social sciences in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “I look forward to collaborating with him during this exciting new chapter of the school.”

In his new appointment as interim director, Mongeau will continue to provide students and faculty with the tools to understand, analyze and respond to communication problems and opportunities, including interpersonal relationships, workplace teams, and community.

Earlier this year, Mongeau was presented the 2020 Distinguished Service Award from the Western States Communication Association at its annual conference in Denver. He was recognized for his numerous volunteer roles contributing to the success of the organization, including service as president from 2015–2016.   

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