Free W. P. Carey School program helps with college prep

February 3, 2011

Many students worry about whether they can get into a good university and whether they will be ready for college. For the second year, the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is offering a free “bridge program” to help Arizona students with the transition from high school to university business school. The Fleischer Business Scholars Program is open to select minority and economically disadvantaged students and will take place this June at ASU.

“This program is designed specifically to help students who want to succeed in the business world – to become future business leaders – and who could use some extra guidance on applying to a good school and obtaining financial aid,” explains W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “We want to reach students who otherwise might not be exposed to this type of program or college visits, and we want to help them learn about business careers and how to get started on the road to success.” Download Full Image

The Fleischer Business Scholars Program is available only to students in the summer between their junior and senior years. Local entrepreneur Morton Fleischer and his wife, Arizona State University graduate Donna Fleischer, donated the scholarships for the program, which will run from June 5 to 10 this year. High school counselors and teachers are encouraged to help identify strong candidates interested in business to apply by the April 1 deadline.

During the Fleischer Business Scholars Program, students will stay with supervising mentors in Barrett, the Honors College, at ASU’s Tempe campus. They will work with current W. P. Carey School students and faculty members, as well as business leaders. Activities will cover resume writing, college study skills, group projects, university application tips, financial aid and other practical areas.

“We want to empower these students so they’re knowledgeable and motivated to get into a good business school,” says Tim Desch, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions, who runs the program.

About 30 students will be chosen for this year’s event. For more information, call (480) 965-5187, e-mail tim.desch">"> or visit

">">“We want to help educate young people about the boundless opportunities and achievements America and freedom provide us,” says Morton Fleischer. “We hope some of these students will add to the legacy that American entrepreneurs and business people have accomplished.”

ASU revises academic calendar

February 3, 2011

To provide greater flexibility for faculty and students, ASU will implement several semester changes to the academic calendar beginning with the Spring 2012 semester.

The revisions – having no impact on the current semester or the Fall 2011 semester – include the implementation of  two 7.5-week sessions per fall and spring semester (referred to as sessions A and B) in addition to the usual 15-week semester schedule (referred to as session C); a short fall break for all sessions; and two six-week summer sessions (session A and session B) in addition to an eight-week session (session C). Winter session will no longer be offered.

Greater flexibility and opportunities for faculty and students are key drivers of the change.

"For example, a faculty member who normally teaches a 2/2 load during the academic year, could fulfill annual instructional responsibilities by teaching in the fall A session and the spring B session," state university leaders on an ASU site that informs students and faculty of the revisions.

To access frequently asked questions for faculty, visit To access information geared toward students, visit

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library