Wilkinson is Business Woman of the Year

May 22, 2014

Christine K. Wilkinson was named Business Woman of the Year by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce at the 19th Annual Women in Business Conference on May 21 in Tempe.

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious recognition from the Tempe Chamber of Commerce,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, Senior Vice President and Secretary of the University and President of the ASU Alumni Association. “The Tempe Chamber of Commerce and business community know firsthand the importance of an educated workforce and the impact of Tempe’s K-20 educational system. ASU continues the work of transforming higher education to provide a workforce prepared to advance the state and city of Tempe’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.” Christine K. Wilkinson (center) Download Full Image

The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes an outstanding business woman who has positively impacted the Tempe community. Wilkinson was honored for achieving excellence in her field, displaying leadership in the community, serving as a positive role model and being active in programs within the community and the Tempe Chamber. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her professionalism and spirit of service.

“The Business Woman of the Year award recognizes the valuable contributions that the candidates have made to the business community and to the Tempe Chamber of Commerce. Their hard work and dedication have made an admirable and positive impact that we are proud to recognize,” said Mary Ann Miller, president and chief operating officer of the Tempe Chamber.

This is the latest in a distinguished career of accomplishments and honors for Wilkinson. Past awards include the University’s Award of Merit, the Alumni Achievement Award, the CASE Crystal Apple Award and the Valley Leadership 2009 Woman of the Year Award. She was also selected as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women for the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project.

At ASU, she has served as vice president of student affairs, the university’s interim athletic director on three different occasions and is a tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

Wilkinson’s current involvement in the community includes serving on the Community Advisory Council for Wells Fargo, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona Board and the Governance Committee for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. In addition, she is a member of the Arizona Business Leadership Association, Arizona Women’s Forum and ASU Women & Philanthropy.

Wilkinson received a bachelor of arts in education with distinction from ASU, a master of arts in education, counseling psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctor of philosophy in higher education administration from ASU.

ASU online engineering graduate programs ranked best for veterans

May 22, 2014

Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering lead the nation in the quality of online graduate engineering degree programs available to U.S. military veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.

In rankings released May 20, the magazine placed the Fulton Schools of Engineering at No. 1 in offering high-quality online engineering graduate programs that help veterans and active-duty military service members cope with the unique challenges they face in pursuing higher education. Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering building Download Full Image

More veterans are going to college than at any other time since the post-World War II era, the magazine reports.

In a news release, U.S. News said the leading programs cited in its rankings offer students both the educational benefits and the flexibility they need to go to school while transitioning from military duty to civilian life, or handling family and work responsibilities while still active in the armed services.

“Our online programs are specifically designed to accommodate the needs of working professionals and engineers who need to pursue their education through a flexible and convenient anytime-anywhere format,” said Jeffrey Goss, executive director of Global Outreach and Extended Education for the Fulton Schools of Engineering.

“We continually strive to develop and expand our resources to provide online students the best technology to aid their studies and the access to faculty that enhances their education experience,” he said.

See details on the Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs for Veterans rankings.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering offers online master’s of engineering degrees in embedded systems, engineering management, modeling and simulation, systems engineering, and quality, reliability and statistical engineering.

The schools also offer an online engineering/MBA dual degree with concentrations in electrical engineering and industrial engineering; online master’s of science degrees in construction management, materials science and engineering and industrial engineering; and an online master’s of science in engineering degrees in electrical engineering and engineering science-software engineering.

In addition, there are online graduate certificate programs in nuclear power generation and the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt management training program.

An online bachelor’s of science degree is offered in engineering management, as well as an online bachelor’s of science in engineering degree in electrical engineering.

ASU was ranked number three overall in the ranking of best online bachelor's degree programs for veterans. Read more.

All of the schools ranked among the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs for Veterans are tied to organizations working to improve the higher education experience for veterans.

The programs are offered by educational institutions that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

The programs are also affiliated with schools that are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and offer at least one course in the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalogue.

By associating with those groups, schools pledge to consider giving academic credit for military training and offer flexibility for online learners taking classes at multiple institutions.

The programs were ranked by considering factors such as affordability, faculty credentials, student services and academic reputation. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs offering classes that were 100 percent online were considered.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering