ASU, Arizona Christian University partnership a boon for biology students

July 9, 2015

Arizona State University and Arizona Christian University (ACU) have announced a new partnership to expand ACU’s academic offerings by allowing students to take courses at the private, accredited Christian university, then transfer and apply into ASU’s biology program.

Under the new partnership, ACU students will take their first two years of classes at ACU, earning an associate’s degree at the Phoenix campus and completing lower-level general-studies requirements for ASU. ASU provost Mark Searle Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer Mark Searle (left), interim Arizona State University provost, meets with Arizona Christian University Provost Paul Kremer at ASU's Tempe campus on July 1. The two schools have announced an academic partnership allowing students to complete their first two years at the Christian school and then transfer seamlessly to ASU's specialized biology programs. Photo by: Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

Students can then either stay at ACU to finish their bachelor’s degree in biology or transfer to ASU if they desire coursework in more specialized areas of biology such as forensics, ecology, genetics or environmental science.

The students will seamlessly transfer to ASU and be recognized as third-year students, without the loss of time or credit. The transfer requirement aligns with the requirements for the ASU School of Life Sciences biology degree.

The new partnership reflects both ASU’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship and research, and ACU’s commitment to offering a Christian education to more students while encouraging them to pursue their academic options.

Mark Searle, interim provost at ASU, believes the program creates another opportunity for Arizona students to succeed.

“Together, ACU and ASU can ensure that students have a pathway laid out that enables their success towards personal, educational and career goals,” Searle said.

Paul Kremer, provost at ACU, is enthusiastic about the new partnership and what it offers for students.

“Our faculty and staff have worked hard on this new expansion of ACU’s biology program,” he said. “Students who want a private Christ-centered education can still have this experience while also having the option to pursue a specialized concentration in biology.”

The program is open to all ACU students and will start enrolling students in the fall of 2015. ACU students interested in the program should contact an ACU admissions counselor to discuss enrolling.

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ASU Thrive digital magazine expands interactive options

July 9, 2015

'Access' issue available on iPad, and desktop or laptop computers

The second edition of Arizona State University’s digital magazine, ASU Thrive, is now available free of charge not only to iPad users, but also on desktop and laptop computers through primary Web browsers such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. ASU Thrive digital magazine ASU Thrive is available for iPad and on the Web. Download Full Image

The “Access” issue of ASU Thrive — available at — includes profiles of successful ASU alumni; the integration of the Thunderbird School of Global Management into the ASU Knowledge Enterprise and the launch of an undergraduate degree program in global management; the promise of the Global Freshman Academy through ASU’s partnership with edX; the expansion of the Starbucks College Achievement Program; the “Hollywood-east” contributions and production work done by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts students on the motion picture “Car Dogs;” and more.

“This second issue focuses on ASU’s commitment to broad access to a university education, so it is natural that we have expanded the access to our digital magazine to make it more widely available,” said Dan Dillon, chief marketing officer for the university. “We’re excited to share our university stories of success and impact with a greater number of people.”

Referring to ASU’s growth and increased accessibility since 2002, ASU President Michael Crow notes in the issue’s opening pages, “This is not growth simply for the sake of growth. We don’t aspire to be America’s largest university. But we do aspire to be the most accessible. With demand for college degrees increasing, and the need for students to be able to access those degrees on platforms and schedules impossible only a decade ago, ASU continues to work to make those degrees available.”

Crow points to the Starbucks partnership, Thunderbird integration and the launch of the Global Freshman Academy as “three ASU initiatives redefining accessibility for the American research university.”

The ASU Thrive app is available online at

Steve Des Georges