Knight Center wins President’s Innovation Award

April 8, 2010

The Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been awarded the 2010 President’s Award for Innovation. Arizona State University gives the awards each year to recognize innovative and multidisciplinary programs and projects.

"The Knight Center gives our students creative and entrepreneurial skills to help lead the changing media industry and provide a setting in which they can invent their own innovative digital products,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. Download Full Image

Crow said the Knight Center helps position ASU as a national leader in entrepreneurship and innovation. Last year, ASU ranked No. 2 in the Global Student Entrepreneurship annual rankings for the number of student ventures created, about half of which originated from the Knight Center.

Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Knight Center brings together students from various disciplines throughout ASU to develop their own digital media products and services.

The program mixes classroom instruction, mentoring and hands-on product development with exposure to notable speakers and successful role models and the latest issues in media and technology.

The students work under the direction of Knight Center Director Dan Gillmor, one of the world’s leading experts in digital media, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence CJ Cornell, a venture adviser with experience in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles.

“The center teaches students how to innovate and think and act like entrepreneurs – something that’s more important than ever in a rapidly changing digital media world,” said Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan. “Under Dan’s and CJ’s leadership, students are developing projects that we think will help shape the media of the future.”

Since it was established in 2008, more than 20 projects or companies have emerged from the center. Students have not only launched compelling ventures but have successfully garnered funding from grants, venture capital and other sources. CityCircles, for example, is a stop-by-stop information platform for the Phoenix-area light rail community created by two students that won a $100,000 Knight Challenge grant last year. Other examples of projects that have been developed at the center can be found at" target="_blank">

Team members:
Dan Gillmor, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
CJ Cornell, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Chris Callahan, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

ASU's New College unveils summer classes

April 8, 2010

Spanish, ecology, persuasive writing, Arizona politics, and mathematics are just a few of the topics addressed by more than 100 summer classes offered by Arizona State University’s" target="_blank">New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Three convenient summer school sessions will be offered this year. A fast-paced, 14-day Intersession will run from May 14 through May 28, followed by the Summer One session from June 1 through July 2 and Summer Two from July 6 through Aug. 6. Download Full Image

Most in-person courses offered by New College are taught on" target="_blank">ASU’s West campus in northwest Phoenix. Nearly half of the offerings are online courses that may be taken by students across metropolitan Phoenix and beyond.

“We take great pride in the quality and rigor of our online classes,” said Elizabeth Langland, Dean of New College. Two years ago Langland and New College professor Rob Taylor initiated a unique organization within the college known as OLEg (Online Education Group), which provides mandatory workshops for faculty proposing online courses.

“Online courses are not deemed ready for delivery until they have passed through a rigorous development and course-building process with checks and balances built in at every stage,” Taylor said. “We utilize a system of quality control to ensure that the quality of the teaching and learning experience in online New College courses is as high as or better than face-to-face offerings. These courses offer a convenient way for students to get ahead more quickly in their chosen fields.”

Scott Ruggles is a West campus student who is currently enrolled in the online class IAS 420, Multicultural Autobiographies. He says taking the class online enables him to work full-time and exercise time management skills.

“Dr. McGovern maintains exceptional contact with the students,” Ruggles said in reference to Tom McGovern, a New College faculty member and former Professor of the Year for Arizona who teaches the class. “His frequent updates and detailed course materials have been outstanding.”

All of New College’s summer courses are taught by full-time faculty or experienced faculty associates who are specialists in their field.

 Offerings include new language courses in Spanish (SPA 101 and SPA 102 are both offered this year), plus many courses meeting ASU General Studies requirements in areas including humanities, literacy, numeracy, and social and behavioral sciences. Junior- and senior-level courses in psychology, literature, math, history, science, adult career development, arts, problem-solving and leadership are offered as well.

“By taking classes this summer, students can get closer to graduation before tuition increases take effect this fall,” Taylor said.

Registration for summer classes is now under way. New College academic advisers may be reached at (602) 543-7000. Details about New College degree programs are available at"> />