ASU named one of nation's best, 'greenest' schools

August 21, 2012

The Princeton Review has listed Arizona State University as one of “the best 377 colleges” in the United States and one of the best western colleges in its 2013 just-released guide.

For the fourth consecutive year, ASU was named as one of the nation’s “greenest universities.” The university also was ranked 71st for “best quality of life.” light rail Download Full Image

The Princeton Review selects the colleges and universities featured in its guide primarily based on its high opinion of their academics. Its staff also monitors colleges continuously and annually collects data on schools, meets with or talks to hundreds of college administrators, and considers feedback about colleges from students, parents and educators. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book.

Students say ASU’s “greatest strength is the great depth of its faculty and wealth of opportunities offered to students.” Many students says they chose ASU because it “offers a huge range of classes and majors at a reasonable cost,” and the university provides “the best of both worlds: a large research university and an honors program tailored for individual needs.”

The Princeton Review named 21 colleges to its "2013 Green Rating Honor Roll" – a list of colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in its Green Rating tallies this year.

Among those also named to the list are California Institute of Technology; College of the Atlantic; Columbia University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Harvard College, Northeastern University; San Francisco State University; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of South Carolina; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin; and Vanderbilt University.

Criteria for The Princeton Review's Green Rating cover three areas:

• whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable,

• how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges,

• the school's overall commitment to environmental issues.

The institutional survey for the rating included questions on energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation, as well as academic offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental organization, in 2007-2008.

ASU was noted for, among other things, having the largest collection of energy-producing solar panels at a public university; its School of Sustainability, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees; its numerous LEED award-winning buildings; and its financial support of bus and light rail passes for students and employees.

"Each of our 377 best colleges offers outstanding academics," says Robert Franek, the book's author and Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. "We don't rank them 1 to 377, because they differ widely in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them." 

Sharon Keeler

associate director, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


PeopleSoft upgrade information sessions begin Aug. 28

August 21, 2012

The University Technology Office will hold informational sessions beginning Aug. 28 about the PeopleSoft upgrade and Outage Sept. 20-25. (During the outage, PeopleSoft and MyASU will be read-only.)

The one-hour, “What’s New” sessions will be held on each campus through Sept. 7. Each session will explain the outage, where to find online resources and what PeopleSoft 9 will look like.

 On Monday, Sept. 10, staff can view a virtual session from every campus. Please check the schedule of sessions on this web page: Download Full Image

The upgraded system will be split into two parts: one for human resources and payroll functions and another for student transactions.  

The upgrade to PeopleSoft 9 was required to ensure that ASU will continue to receive regulatory, legislative and tax updates for student and human resources systems. This upgrade is the first major one to the PeopleSoft system since it was installed at ASU in 2006.

Unavailable university business transactions during the outage:
My ASU and PeopleSoft (the ASU database that houses student  and HR information) will be read-only.

Students, faculty and staff will be able to see  data, but not change it. This includes:

• Class withdrawals, schedule changes and enrollments
• Effort-reporting actions
• HR transactions (change address, new hires, promotions, etc.)
•  iPOS graduate student transactions
•  Posting grades to ASU grade roster via My ASU
• Residence hall changes
• Reporting hours worked during the outage
• Student finance transactions (including payments and financial aid)
• Students will NOT be able to request or see transcripts during the outage 

Available systems that will function normally during the outage:
• ASU online
•  Blackboard
• DARS (students will be able to run reports, the data will be static)
• Door access
• Gmail & Outlook
• Google apps (including docs)
• Printing
• Sun Devil Dining and Sun Card services
• Advantage (data from PeopleSoft will be static)

More information about the outage can be found on the following web pages: 
(Offers information about HR department functions, including payroll, benefits, PTR and time reporting plus a handy “Go Live” planning calendar) (
Provides outage information and includes an FAQ page, a link to the communication strategy, a list of applications unaffected by the outage, checklists to help you prepare for the outage and much more


Questions? Post them here.

Paul Stoll,
University Technology Office

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications