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ASU ranked #1 as the most innovative university in America

ASU ranked #1 as the most innovative university in America

For 5th year running US News and World Report ranks ASU the most innovative university in America
Friday, September 13, 2019


U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all five years the category has existed. The widely publicized annual rankings by the magazine, compares more than 1,500 institutions on a variety of metrics.

The five-time ranking was based on a survey of peers. College presidents, provosts and admissions deans around the country nominated up to 15 schools that are making the most innovative improvements to curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to the magazine.

ASU President Michael M. Crow said the honor is the result of the work of thousands of people tackling challenges in new ways.

“The tremendously creative minds and efforts of our students, faculty and staff elevate who we are. This recognition would not have been possible without the myriad contributions across our ASU community,” Crow said. “This is a moment to show our appreciation for the extraordinary work being done at ASU — work that positively impacts not just the university, but the state of Arizona and far beyond.”

ASU is inviting the community to join in a social media campaign that highlights its shared successes by offering a virtual “high-five” using the hashtags #High5ASU and #High5AZ.

After ASU, U.S. News and World Report ranked the most innovative universities for 2020 as Georgia State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford — the same top-five rankings as 2019.

Ranking highlights include;

  • ASU ranked fourth among public universities and 10th in the country for undergraduate teaching, also a category based on peer surveys. ASU ranked 11th last year. The university's more than 3,400 faculty members include five Nobel laureates, five MacArthur fellows, seven Pulitzer Prize winners and hundreds of other award recipients.
  • ASU’s Tempe campus ranked fourth among public universities and ninth in the nation for first-year experience. A new category that’s also based on peer surveys, Agnes Scott College in Georgia topped this list and ASU came in ahead of Brown, Yale and Princeton. Among the support that ASU offers is the First-Year Success Center, which provides peer coaching and programming for first-year students, sophomores and transfer students.

ASU’s students and faculty have driven its innovative culture in several ways over the past year.

The Desert WAVE robotics team — made up of 11 women STEM majors from ASU’s Polytechnic campus — came in third behind China and Russia in the international RoboSub Competition this summer. Desert WAVE, in its first season, was the best American team and is a partnership between ASU and the Si Se Puede Foundation.

ASU launched the largest canine cancer vaccine trial in May, a five-year project led by scientist Stephen Johnston, a professor in the School of Life Sciences and director of the Bio design Center for Innovations in Medicine. The results could lead to advances in treating cancer in humans.

The university entered into a partnership this year to commercialize the carbon-capture technology that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, invented by Klaus Lackner, a professor and director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions.

The School of Life Sciences is transforming undergraduate science education through Bio Spine, the world’s first adaptive learning biology degree, which uses personalized learning.

 “Our innovation mindset is what makes possible discoveries and leaps forward that make our communities better for all of us,” Crow said. “ASU is a place where new ideas are welcomed and encouraged; there is incredible power in an intentional culture of ‘Yes — give it a try. Let’s see what happens.’

“ASU’s willingness to try new ideas is not a casual thing, but something intentionally built into the fabric of the institution. Unbelievable things can happen when you are curious and bold enough to make the attempt.”

You can read more about ASU’s innovations and success at ASU news - Number one for innovation in the US for 5th year