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ASU Academic Progress Rate rises to record high

Academic Progress Rates (APR) for all NCAA Division I sports were released Wednesday, and the announcement brought good news for Arizona State University.

The Sun Devils set a school record for their score of 991 out of 1,000 in the four-year period from 2012-16. It was also good enough for second place in the Pac-12, coming in just behind Stanford at No. 1. Sun Devil students cheer at a men's basketball game. Photo by John M. Quick/ASU
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“Since the institution of the APR program by the NCAA, we’ve seen continuous improvement culminating in our highest score to date,” said Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a direct result of the hard work of our Office of Student-Athlete Development as well as our coaches, staff, faculty and sport administrators."

APR is used by the NCAA to montior the acadmeic progress of each student athlete, with a focus on eligibility and graduation. The NCAA insitutued the process in 2004 as a method to improve poor graduation rates. 

In this four-year period, 11 ASU teams had their highest-ever scores and eight ranked first in the Pac-12.


Article Source: The Arizona Republic
Connor Pelton

Reporter, ASU Now

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ASU's Lerman receives Jacob's Pillow Dance Award

Arizona State University professor Liz Lerman is this year's recipient of the presitgious Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, according to the New York Times. 

"Since the 1970s, she (Lerman) has built bridges to other domains and expanded where dance lives in our society," said Pillow director Pamela Tatge in a statement last week. "She has paved the way for a whole generation of dance makers to discover the power of social change through community engagement and by, as she puts it, ‘rattling around in other people’s universes.'" Woman standing among dancers. Arizona State University professor Liz Lerman (credit: Lise Metzger).
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Lerman has devoted her career to community engagement through dance. In 2016, she was named the first institute professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, where she is building a new ensemble lab focused on creative research.

Her $25,000 prize will be presented at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, which runs from June 21 through Aug. 27 in Becket, Mass.

Article Source: New York Times
Connor Pelton

Reporter, ASU Now

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Draper teams up with ASU to provide "Semester in Silicon Valley"

Draper University, the enterprise founded by premier venture capitalist Tim Draper (Draper Associates, DFJ, Draper Venture Network) to train entrepreneurs, today announced that it is creating a four-month program for entrepreneurs in partnership with Arizona State University.

“We are thrilled to be working with the talented faculty at ASU,” said Tim Draper. “This is a program where you are going to learn, fail, and grow. You’ll leave transformed and better for it.” Download Full Image

In the program, students will ideate, challenge, design, plan and present a startup company. Learning will be both individual and team-based. Students will gain an understanding of new methods in finance (Bitcoin), design (graphic), coding (webflow), marketing (viral, growth hacking), manufacturing (IoT, 3-D Printing) and direct sales.

The program combines Draper University’s signature hero training a seven-week program developed by Draper to inspire and accelerate their idea-creation by igniting their entrepreneurial spirit with the top entrepreneurship course of study from ASU.

“We’re excited to continue to evolve ASU’s creative entrepreneurship teaching and learning environments, and our relationship with Draper allows us to take them to the next level,” said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University.

Students will get tours of major Silicon Valley companies (previous tours have included Facebook, Tesla, Google), a five day survival training course with Navy Seals, Special Forces and Army Rangers, and visits to tech conferences in the Bay Area.

Students will hear from a variety of expert speakers. Past speakers include Elon Musk, Tony Hsieh, Bill Hambrecht, Scott Cook, Tom Proulx, and many others; will be trained through projects that may range from an egg drop to county fair booth making to a sell-a-thon; will participate in a team hack-a-thon where they will have 36 hours to put together an minimum viable product, and they will be challenged to get a job offer in 24 hours.

The last half of the course involves actually planning and starting a business with some coaching and mentoring from some top professionals from Silicon Valley and faculty from ASU.

As they build their businesses, students will accelerate their businesses and will become aware of new ways of streamlining startups through platforms like AngelList, Crowdfunder, Docusign, LawTrades, eShares and the like.

By the end of the four months, students should be emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually prepared to embark on a startup, and we expect a few of the students to actually get funding and have an operating business.

Draper has taught more than 700 students from 62 different countries. Graduates have started more than 300 companies that have received over $50 million in funding.

Arizona State University, which for two years has been designated by U.S. News and World Report as the most innovative university in the country, has a world class Entrepreneurship and Innovation program embedded in the university.

The university has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. 

Communications coordinator, ASU Media Relations


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A $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

Arizona State University physicist Steven Desch and colleagues have developed a unique plan to refreeze the shrinking ice caps of the Arctic before it's too late. The ice is melting far more quickly than scientists imagined, and the price tag is indicative of the desperation of the situation.

Article Source: The Guardian

Communications coordinator, ASU Media Relations