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W. P. Carey School to offer free summer college-prep programs

January 28, 2014

One of the top business schools in the nation is about to offer high school students four free summer programs to help them learn what college life is really like. The highly ranked W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is now accepting applications for all four college-prep programs, each with a slightly different area of focus.

“All four programs take a closer look at how to apply for college, learn about financial-aid opportunities and succeed in both school and your career,” explains Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, which is ranked among the nation’s Top 30 undergraduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report. “Participants will get to work with current W. P. Carey School students and faculty members, as well as local business leaders.” W. P. Carey School of Business Download Full Image

• The Fleischer Scholars Program is designed for economically disadvantaged students between their junior and senior years of high school. Participants stay in residence halls with supervising mentors for a week, and they learn business skills, get college-application tips, network and prepare for college. The program is being expanded in its fifth year to run June sessions at both the Tempe and West campuses of ASU. The program is generously sponsored by local entrepreneur Morton Fleischer and his wife, ASU alum Donna Fleischer.

• The Business Scholars Institute is a brand new weeklong program for very high-achieving high school juniors who want to explore going to business school. Participants will learn about business careers and gain connections to honors programs, while working with ambitious peers on challenging business projects. This program will be offered at ASU’s Tempe campus in mid-July.

 The Polytechnic Business Preview showcases all of the W. P. Carey School’s programs at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. Participating high school students will spend three days learning about degree options, financial aid, career opportunities and life at the unique Polytechnic campus. Human resources, food industry management, global agribusiness and technology are among the fields covered at this campus. The program runs in mid-June.

• The Accounting Career Awareness Program was created for underrepresented high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to build understanding about accounting careers. This is the seventh year of the program, which will be held at ASU’s West campus for a week in late June.

“High school counselors and teachers are asked to please identify strong candidates interested in business to attend these programs,” says Rudy Pino, director of undergraduate admissions at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “We provide housing and meals for all chosen students.”

For more information and specific program dates, go to or call or e-mail Tim Desch at (480) 965-5187 or The application deadline for most programs is March 14, with the accounting program deadline on May 9.

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Why higher ed, advanced energy systems will rescue global climate policy

January 29, 2014

Panel to question existing wisdom in cutting carbon emissions

With the European Union split on a new energy and climate strategy to 2030, and developing countries such as India and China unwilling to take the lead on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, global climate policy has reached an impasse. Download Full Image

So, the question remains: How can policymakers, institutions of higher education and citizens from all over the world foster a conversation on global climate policy that sparks action? By demanding superior systems of energy use is one proposal, which will be discussed at an upcoming panel organized by ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability.

The public panel discussion, "Rescuing Climate Policy," is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m., Feb. 5, inside Wrigley Hall, room 481, on ASU's Tempe campus. The talk will blend American, European and Chinese perspectives on the development and adoption of advanced systems of energy use.

Superior systems of energy use, the panel argues, would deliver energy not only with minimal emissions, but also at lower cost, and/or higher quality to the customers, thereby creating a global competition for creating and adopting such energy systems.

“This panel brings together high-level representatives from both the Chinese and the European climate policy communities with leading scientists at ASU,” said Sander van der Leeuw, ASU professor of anthropology and co-director of ASU’s Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative. “The theme has been chosen to promote a discussion of this crucial topic across three continents, in the expectation that it will help overcome some of the barriers to greenhouse gas mitigation worldwide.”

“Despite some exceptions, the corporate world and the world of environmental concern are still light-years apart,” said Carlo Jaeger, panel moderator, visiting scholar at ASU and professor at Beijing Normal University in China. “But to make progress in global climate policy, we need what Martin Wolf of the Financial Times calls ‘a politically sellable vision of a prosperous low-carbon economy.’ This vision needs to include both worlds, as well as their contradictions. ASU is the right place to flesh out and help implement such a vision.”

Panelists include:

John Ashton, physicist from Britain, climate policy advisor to former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, former diplomat (dealing with the transition of Hong Kong from Britain to China, organized crime in Italy and with climate change worldwide) and founder of E3G, an environmental NGO

Gary Dirks, chemical engineer from America, former president of BP China, ASU Professor of Practice and director of the Global Institute of Sustainability and of Lightworks

Carlo Jaeger, economist from Switzerland, visiting scholar at ASU and professor at Beijing Normal University

Sander van der Leeuw, ASU professor of anthropology, external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, co-director of ASU’s Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative and United Nations Champion of the Earth

Yongsheng Zhang, economist from China, professor at Renmin University, Beijing and Senior Research Fellow at the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC)

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