Preparing a pipeline of students for success at Arizona State University through on-campus and online academies


How might we better prepare incoming students academically and skillwise in order to succeed?


Three-pronged effort:

  • Created ASU Preparatory Academy to serve hundreds of students on the Phoenix campus with:
    • Academic programming based on the Cambridge Curriculum and including capstone projects, Learning Lab, research and writing workshops, after-school tutoring, and Saturday Scholars
    • Continuous teacher and curriculum development from the Fulton Teacher’s College Professor in Residence
    • Student support from families logging at least 30 service hours
    • Contributions to learning experiences from community partners
  • Created Global Freshman Academy as a suite of 20 online first-year-level courses, delivered at scale and at low cost and targeting B2C adult learners, working learners, international students, and 11th and 12th graders
  • Developed ASU101/ASU11 as a required one credit hour first-year seminar course, customized by each college, to prepare enrolled students to succeed by introducing key skills and topics for study


These three interrelated academies and courses are preparing a pipeline of students and enrolled students at ASU for success through a rigorous curriculum and strong involvement of the university, student families, and community partners.

  • ASU Prep serves approximately 1,000 students at the Phoenix campus, of which ~70% are on free/reduced lunch and ~80% are Hispanic or African American
  • Students are better prepared by learning key skills and topics like time management, gaining greater awareness of ASU, and getting to know their classmates

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