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Statement from ASU President Michael M. Crow on the 2018-2019 Arizona resident undergraduate tuition proposal

President proposes no increase of tuition or class or academic program fees for resident students

Tempe, Ariz., March 16, 2018 – Demand for an Arizona State University education has never been greater and our commitment to Arizona students has never been stronger.

Student success is at an all-time high. Retention and graduation rates for all students – but in particular for Arizona students – are at their highest levels ever.

As we continue to advance our vision of a New American University – an unparalleled focus on the simultaneous pursuit of access, excellence and impact – we proudly open our doors to all qualified Arizona residents. Consider this:
            •  This year was the largest freshman class of resident students in the history of ASU or any Arizona university.
            •  Half of our Arizona undergraduate resident students are from families earning below the state’s median income.
            •  We have solved the financial aid equation: Approximately 84 percent of Arizona undergraduate resident students, spanning every income level, receive need- or merit-based gift aid; our average gift award is approximately $8,300.
            •  Arizona ranks fourth in the nation for students graduating with the lowest amount of debt; 40 percent of our resident students graduate debt-free.

These data represent years of intense focus on enhancing the performance of the university, including cost control, which has positioned ASU among the most efficient higher education institutions in the country. It costs us substantially less today to educate a student than in 2008 as a result of organizational design changes, technological innovations and an entrepreneurial spirit that runs through the entire university. Our costs are 21 percent below the average of all four-year public research universities nationwide. This is particularly meaningful when you consider that ASU is in the top 16 percent in the world for graduate employability, ahead of Penn State, Georgetown and Michigan State (Source: QS World University Rankings).

Meanwhile, the value of an ASU degree continues to rise. More than 7,000 companies scout ASU student talent every year, and blue chip companies including Apple, Ford Motor Company, Mayo Clinic and Honeywell have designated ASU a “premier university for recruiting.” And, nine out of 10 ASU graduates have received a job offer or are in graduate school within three months of graduation.

These outcomes did not happen overnight. They did not happen as a result of political pressure.

They happened as a result of the high demand for world-class university graduates from ASU and our unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality education possible at the lowest price possible.

Six years ago, I made a promise that for 10 years, resident tuition would not increase more than three percent per year. This is the seventh year of that promise and for the 2018-19 academic year, I am proposing no increase in Arizona resident undergraduate student tuition and no increase in undergraduate class or academic program fees. The university’s continuing focus on efficiency and excellence are to thank for today’s strong financial position in spite of the state’s continued lack of investment in Arizona’s students. (The Associated Students of ASU are proposing a $15 per semester increase for the student health fee that will enable the service hours at the health services center to be extended, provide students the opportunity for increased specialized medical care, allow for implementation of a Telehealth platform and provide the addition of insurance and referral navigators. I support this proposal.)

Strong economies are inextricably linked with an educated workforce and a thriving research university. We are proud to serve the state as the No. 1 choice in higher education for Arizona students while driving the economy forward by creating new knowledge and supporting existing business, social and public service enterprises. ASU is also attracting new companies and other entities to Arizona.

And we could do even more. We continue to ask legislators to invest in Arizona’s students – Arizona’s future – by providing for one half of the cost of educating resident students at the three state universities. Our profound efforts at cost cutting, efficiency, partnerships and excellence can take care of the rest. This means that the entirety of the rest of the financial life of the university can be financed by our own efforts.

But our commitment to the students of Arizona and the state of Arizona is not contingent upon that support. Whatever happens politically, Arizona State University will work tirelessly to ensure the brightest of futures for our students and our state.

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25 current and former NFL players participated in personal finance camp

Significant others and spouses also attended the three-day financial education program 

Twenty-five current and former NFL players took part in the fourth annual NFL Personal Finance Camp in Fort Lauderdale, FL March 12-14. Oakland Raiders S KARL JOSEPH, Indianapolis Colts CB KENNY MOORE and NFL Legend TIM MASTHAY are among the players who took part in the three-day financial education program.  

NFL Player Engagement collaborated with Arizona State University (ASU) in conjunction with its new Global Sport Institute to develop this year’s curriculum. The program offers participants an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the financial world, and establish habits that will help maintain long-term financial stability. Download Full Image

“We are proud to partner with Arizona State University on our Personal Finance program this year,” said DWIGHT HOLLIER, NFL Vice President of Wellness & Clinical Services. “ Through educational programming, we are providing our players with the resources and opportunities to attain long-term financial security”.

Over the course of three days, participants received instruction from Arizona State University Business Administration faculty, financial industry professionals, and NFL Legend TONY MCGEE,now the owner of two businesses – HNM Global Logistics and a Dunkin Donuts franchise.

Program sessions included “Generational Wealth and Investing,” “Healthy Financial Habits,” “NFL Benefits,” and “Small Business Development.” Throughout the week, participants received one-on-one financial planning assistance.

“ASU is particularly well-positioned to further the educations of current and retired athletes,” said KENNETH L. SHROPSHIRE, CEO of ASU’s Global Sport Institute. “We are excited to be partnering with the NFL on this project and look forward to future opportunities to expand this athlete education space.”

The Personal Finance Camp is one of several career and professional development programs NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players and their families. More than 25 players and their significant others took part in the third annual NFL Business Academy last month, where they learned best practices for business management, entrepreneurship and franchising.  


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Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life and improve safety

TEMPE, Ariz. – March 6, 2018 – Lithium-metal batteries are among the most promising candidates for high-density energy storage technology in an expanding range of digital “smart” devices and electrical vehicles, but uncontrolled lithium dendrite growth, which results in poor recharging capability and safety hazards, currently tempers their potential.

Dendrites are needle-like growths that appear on the surface of lithium metal, which is used as the anode, or negative electrode, of a battery. They induce unwanted side reactions that reduce energy density, and at worst, cause shorting of the electrodes that can lead to fires or explosions. Download Full Image

New research from Arizona State University that involves a 3-dimensional layer of Polydimethysiloxane (PDMS), or silicone, as the substrate of lithium metal anode has been found to mitigate dendrite formation and stands to both dramatically extend battery life and diminish safety risks. The paper, “Stress-driven lithium dendrite growth mechanism and dendrite mitigation by electroplating on soft substrates,” was published today in Nature Energy.

According to Hanqing Jiang, a professor in Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy and a lead researcher on a paper published in Nature Energy, the findings have relevance for both lithium-ion and lithium-air batteries, as well as implications for other metal-anode-based batteries.

“Almost all metals used as battery anodes tend to develop dendrites,” explained Jiang. “For example, these findings have implications for zinc, sodium and aluminum batteries as well.”

Jiang said he and the research team, rather than approaching the problem from a materials or electrochemical perspective, looked for solutions as mechanical engineers. “We already know that tiny tin needles or whiskers can protrude out of tin surfaces under stress, so by analogy we looked at the possibility of stress as a factor in lithium dendrite growth.”

The first round of research involved adding a layer of PDMS to the bottom of battery anode. “There were remarkable reductions in dendrite growth,” said Jiang.  The researchers discovered that this is directly related to the fact that stress accumulated inside the lithium metal is relieved by the deformation of the PDMS substrate in the form of “wrinkles.”

“This is the first time convincing evidence shows that residual stress plays a key role in the initiation of lithium dendrites,” said Jiang.

In addition to obtaining a fundamental understanding of the lithium dendrite growth mechanism, Jiang’s group also came up with a smart way to utilize the phenomenon to extend the life of lithium-metal batteries while maintaining their high energy density. The solution is to give PDMS substrate a three-dimensional form with a lot of surface. “Envision sugar cubes that contain a lot of small internal pores,” explained Jiang.  “Inside these cubes, the PDMS forms a continuous network as the substrate, covered by a thin copper layer to conduct electrons. Finally, lithium fills the pores. The PDMS, which serves as a porous, sponge-like layer, relieves the stress and effectively inhibits dendrite growth.”

“By synergistically combing with other lithium dendrite suppression methods such as new electrolyte additives, the finding has broad implications for making lithium-metal batteries a safe, high-density, long-term energy storage solution,” said Professor Ming Tang, a research team member at Rice University. “Potential applications range from personal electronic devices to powering electric cars for exceptionally longer periods to being the back-up electric supply for solar power grids.”

Partners in the research include members of Jiang’s group at ASU: Xu Wang, Wenwen Xu and Haokai Yang; Wei Zeng, a visiting ASU Scholar co-advised by Jiang and Professor Huigao Duan at Hunan University, China, and researchers from Rice University including Dr. Liang Hong, Fan Wang and their advisor Ming Tang. Funding was provided in part by the Department of Energy.


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Sanford School lecturer speaks about students questioning their faith

How do students cope and find meaning when they begin to question the faith they’ve grown up with? In the article "Students who lose or question their faith find strength in self-discovery," Joash Ospino, from The State Press, takes a closer look at this trend using real life accounts and expert insights. 

Denise Bodman, from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, shares her thoughts. She says she believes that moving away from religion can be both a positive and negative experience. Read the full article to learn more. Illustration of a student in backpack walking with a cross as their shadow Photo by Sam Deadrick, The State Press

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 2018 Community Conversation with ASU President Michael Crow

Tempe, Ariz. (February 28, 2018) – Join President Michael Crow and the ASU community for a thought-provoking look at the evolution of the ASU experience through the eyes of learners - past, present and future. The conversation will center on the university's role in helping to shape Arizona's future. The 40-minute remarks will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018; 4:30 p.m.

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Sanford School master's student lands her dream job

Michelle Missler, a master's degree recipient in sociology, from Arizona State University's T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, recently landed her dream job as director of the Franklin County Office on Aging in Columbus, Ohio.  

In a note to one of her professors, Bethany Van Vleet, director of online graduate studies for the Sanford School, Missler attributes her new job “largely to the ASU program.” Head shot of Michelle Missler Michelle Missler. Photo courtesy of the Columbus Dispatch

“Michelle is incredibly driven and experienced, so it does not surprise me that she would be identified as the perfect person for the job!" Van Vleet said. "We have such passionate students in our master's programs.  We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to support them in their understanding of individuals, families, and communities and play even a small role in helping them reach their personal and professional goals. 

For more details, read the original article from the Columbus Dispatch, “Franklin County Office on Aging gets new director.”

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More than 'thank you for your service': Arizona State program aims to narrow military-civilian gap

18-credit hour certification to prepare students for wide range of service careers 

Tempe, Ariz.,  February 23, 2018 – A first of its kind 18-credit program aimed at narrowing the military-civilian gap by educating students about American veterans is expected to launch during the upcoming fall semester here, Arizona State University officials announced this week.  Download Full Image

Enrollment started Thursday for "Veterans, Society and Service," ASU's first  undergraduate certificate dedicated solely to the study of veterans, military culture and how it relates to society.  

"The media is flooded with representations of veterans as either homeless 'head cases,' or as heroes who are placed on a pedestal," said Mark von Hagen, history professor and the director of ASU's Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. "Both are shallow binary portrayals, rendering society unable to make space for conversation.

"'Thank you for your service' is a cheap, throwaway line but it's really not enough," von Hagen said. "It's a meaningless gesture unless you follow it up with something more significant."

Von Hagen and a group of ASU professors are proposing something very significant with the new certificate.  The program takes an interdisciplinary approach on new core tensions and deep-rooted issues regarding how the wider culture understands and supports today's all-volunteer, post 9/11 military force in order to develop new bonds and understandings. 

The OVMAE proposed this new field of academic study, which will be housed under ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Thirteen faculty from nine departments and schools plus five community partnerships have committed for the first year of the certificate program.  The project structure will be comprised of four required courses, an internship or capstone project, and electives.  Organizers are also hopeful that veterans are willing to share their experiences.

"We want as many veterans in our classes to enable them to be teachers while they are students," said Nancy Dallett, associate director with OVMAE.  "It should also be a nice mix of veterans and civilians so they get an idea of the ethos of the people who want to serve our country."

Dallett said the certificate program will combine the disciplines of history, literature, law, ethics, politics, psychology, sociology and the arts.  The intent is to give students a transferable set of skills to prepare them for careers in veterans affairs, public policy, non-profits, criminal justice, humanities, STEM education and even journalism.

 "Many corporations today are initiating veteran hiring initiatives," said Steve Borden, director of ASU's Pat Tillman Veterans Center.  "Veteran success in the workplace, retention of hired veterans as well as their career progression, is predicated upon developing a greater understanding of the difference between our military and civilian cultures." 

Matthew Delmont, a professor of history and director of ASU's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, said he also wanted to give back to veterans.

"The United States has been at war for most of our students' lifetimes, yet fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military," said Delmont, who will be teaching a course on World War II. "Given this, it is crucially important that we support veteran students and that we make veteran studies as central part of the academic experience of many more ASU students."

Census figures from 2015 and 2016 estimate there are now approximately 18.5 million veterans nationwide, 600,000 of whom reside in Arizona.  ASU currently enrolls more than 7,300 active military, veterans and military family members, making the university a top choice and leader among the nation's most military-friendly schools.  

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Why do more never-married women in their early 40s have kids?

A new demographic of never-married women in their 40s who have children has emerged in recent years, in sharp contrast to traditional family models like the so-called "nuclear family."

In an interview with Lauren Gilger from 91.5 KJZZ, Megan Costa from the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics addressed this trend. Since teen pregnancies have decreased in recent years, what could be causing this? Two white coffee mugs with the KJZZ logo on them.

Costa is a social demographer who studies household dynamics and maternal and child health in low and middle-income countries. She specializes in longitudinal consequences of fertility and family change.

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ASU joins coalition to tackle climate change

Group of 13 leading universities works to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future

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Arizona State University is part of a new coalition of 13 leading research universities that will help communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. 

The group, called the University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, includes distinguished universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico. The universities have committed to mobilizing their resources and expertise to help businesses, cities and states achieve their climate goals. Formation of UC3 was announced today (Feb. 6) at the Second Nature 2018 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, being held in Tempe. 

Original members of UC3 are: Arizona State University; California Institute of Technology; Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; The Ohio State University; The State University of New York (SUNY) system; The University of British Columbia; The University of California system; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Maryland, College Park; The University of New Mexico; The University of Toronto; and The University of Washington.

Among initial specific UC3 goals are:

Cross-sector forums: Every UC3 institution will convene a climate change forum in 2018 to bring together community and business leaders, elected officials and advocates. Forums will be tailored to meet local and regional objectives focusing on research-driven policies and solutions to assist various communities.

Coalition climate mitigation and adaptation report: A coalition-wide report, to be released in late 2018, will synthesize the best practices, policies and recommendations from all UC3 forums into a framework for continued progress on climate change goals across the nation and the world.

All UC3 members have already pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral in line with the Paris Climate Agreement and the Under2MOU for subnational climate leaders.

“While college and university campuses across the country are, in aggregate, responsible for only about 3 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions emitted in the U.S., we are educating 100 percent of our future political, business and social leaders,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “This fact alone places significant accountability on higher education and its leaders to take action.”

UC3 was formed at the request of the University of California system and its President, Janet Napolitano.

“The University of California system is thrilled to partner with this group of preeminent research universities on an issue that has long been a major strategic priority for all of our institutions,” said Napolitano. “No one is better positioned than we are to scale up research-based climate solutions.” 

Harnessing the unique resources and convening power of member institutions, the coalition will work to inform and galvanize local, regional and national action on climate change. Coalition members will bring to these efforts a critical body of expertise in areas including advanced climate modeling, energy storage systems, next generation solar cells and devices, energy-efficiency technologies, biofuels, smart grids, regulatory and policy approaches, etc.

“The research university has played an important role in creating new knowledge, convening thought leadership, and serving as long-term community members,” said Timothy Carter, president of Second Nature. “By applying these strengths to locally relevant climate challenges, we see transformative potential for accelerating climate solutions in these locations in a way that couldn’t happen if the institutions and sectors continued to act on their own.”

Crow added Arizona State, which established the first freestanding School of Sustainability in the U.S. in 2006 and had the first degree program, has several other projects that focus on dealing with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and limiting future emissions. These efforts include:

• ASU is working to reach its commitments to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from building energy sources by 2025, and from all sources by 2035. Between 2007 and 2017, ASU reduced emissions per on-campus student by 46 percent. 

• ASU has one of the largest university solar installations in the U.S., with 88 solar installations – more than 82,000 photovoltaic panels – that generate 24.1 MWdc, which, combined with ASU’s off-site solar fulfills 30 percent of ASU’s electricity needs.

• ASU has a power purchase agreement with Arizona Public Service at the Red Rock Solar Plant near Picacho Peak, Arizona. The agreement allows ASU to secure solar power from the plant during a 20-year span and adds approximately 29 MWdc to ASU’s solar generating supply. 

• ASU researchers, led by Klaus Lackner in the ASU Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, are developing a device that removes carbon dioxide from the air for re-use or sequestration.

• The Center for Carbon Removal, in partnership with ASU and several other research institutions, launched a new industrial innovation initiative to develop solutions that transform waste carbon dioxide in the air into valuable products and services. The Initiative for a New Carbon Economy is focusing on rethinking the climate challenge as a new economic opportunity, and figuring out how to reuse carbon in real, valuable and lasting ways.

• ASU researchers have developed a software system called Hestia that can estimate greenhouse gas emissions across entire urban landscapes, down to roads and individual buildings. The software provides high resolution maps identifying CO2 emission sources in a way that policymakers can utilize and the public can understand. Hestia can provide cities with complete, three-dimensional picture of where, when and how carbon dioxide emissions are occurring.

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Chinese coaches team up with ASU Global Launch, Sun Devil Athletics

Coaches from the Federation of University Sports China have visited Arizona State University's Sun Devil Athletics to learn more about American coaching and conditioning techniques.

As part of the Pac-12's global initiative, the Chinese coaches visited Tempe and observed practices from the ASU swimming team, with former USA Olympic swimming coach Bob Bowman and 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Additionally, the coaches worked with the men's and women's basketball, and track and field teams. The program, jointly coordinated by Sun Devil Athletics and Global Launch, is in talks for a third year. ASU swimming coach Bob Bowman greets Chinese coaches. ASU swimming coach Bob Bowman greets Chinese coaches. Photo by Pac-12 Network.
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In addition to attending team practices, the Chinese coaches took weekly English lessons through Global Launch, and seminars on nutrition, sports medicine psychology and academic support.

“The coaches that are here for training, they’re getting to see everything that we do. They’re taking away the training plans as well as the leadership style of U.S. Athletic coaches [to China],” said Susan Edgington, Global Launch’s CEO, in an interview with the Pac-12 Network. 

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