Arizona State University: California

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Arizona State University: California Arizona State University: California As the model of the New American University, Arizona State University (ASU) is uniquely positioned to fill this gap in California collegiate offerings, namely, with a high-quality and affordable bachelors degree program that meets the needs of academically qualified high school graduates who have been excluded from a bachelors degree program either due to economic circumstance or institutional capacity constraints. This new collegiate offering, code named ASU California, will aim to repair the historically poor degree attainment rates of this student population. ASU California will provide underserved students with a clear and affordable path to a bachelors degree starting in 2020-21 by combining the scalability of an online learning environment with the local supports that these students need to succeed. ASU California is envisioned to be a four-year bachelors degree program delivered at an affordable price point of approximately $10,000 annually. For low-income students, Pell grants would offset more than half the cost of tuition. Once ASU California establishes operations in the state and qualifies for Cal Grant eligibility, students will have 100% of tuition covered by the combination of these financial aid sources. ASU California builds on and accelerates the proven New American University model of scaling both access and completion. Since 2008, ASU has increased its undergraduate enrollment from 53K to over 72k while increasing its 6-year graduation rate from 56% to 67%. Growth at this scale was accomplished while ASU was radically diversifying its student body, doubling the number of first generation and underrepresented minority students it serves. Importantly ASU has kept its admissions requirements the same during this entire time frame, accepting all Arizona students with at least a 3.00 GPA in competency courses or B average. We estimate that by 2028, ASU California could serve over 48,000 students, including over 28,000 students of color in the major metropolitan areas of the state, offering a much clearer path to bachelors degree completion (see figure 2). ASU California will initially target students in the most populous state in the country, but will be developed with national expansion in mind. Problem 1: Traditional research universities are highly capital intensive due to their reliance on physical learning environments resulting in a very expensive per student capital growth cost. Problem 2: Traditional research universities turning to online degree programs to leverage their capital infrastructure and to scale delivery realize that current online degree programs are not designed with the traditional 18-24 year old college student in mind but rather adult learners and due to that fact, younger populations have not historically done well academically with programs that are exclusively online. One of the major limiting factors for growth in many of Californias four-year public institutions is the needed capital investment and infrastructure. Their educational delivery models are almost 100% dependent on students in a physical classroom and therefore requires an extraordinarily high capital cost per student. For example, CSU has identified approximately $7.45 billion in capital facility projects spanning the 2017-18 through 2021-22 fiscal years for academic projects. Due to the aging infrastructure at the CSU campuses, they require a tremendous amount critical seismic, fire-life-safety, ADA, and modernization investments. CSU estimates that the system should be spending on average about $143 million per year to replace systems that are reaching the end of their useful life, and should spend an additional $166 million to address the estimated renewal backlog, for a total $309 million per year. The amounts above do not include any funding needed for new facilities to accommodate enrollment growth. Contrast these numbers to ASU Californias model of delivery which will require less than $600 of facilities related expenses per student per year when fully scaled. ASU has developed a suite of resources targeted at freshmen to put them on track for long-term success. With the understanding that many students will start college without a clear understanding of what may be required of them, ASU implemented ASU 101 and 111, two semester-long courses that help students understand the resources that the university offers, enhance their learning and study skills and introduce students to opportunities for engagement a strong predictor of persistence and graduation. These courses would be offered in person at the ASU learning center. ASU freshman are also offered one-on-one peer mentoring through the First Year Success program, in which exemplary juniors and seniors help new students to understand their strengths and weaknesses and develop an individualized plan for each freshman for making the most of their college experience. ASU has also designed and tested the LEAD (Learn Explore Advance Design) Program, a seminar style-class for freshman identified as at-risk based upon high school GPA and SAT scores. The LEAD program uses small group interaction and discussion to equip students with skills in critical reasoning, reading, communication, emotional intelligence, teamwork, and personal time management. LEAD has demonstrated to increase the first semester GPA of at-risk students from 2.4 to 3.3, and would be implemented as part of ASU CAs offering in an online synchronous format. ASU also has an eAdvisor suite, a nationally recognized tool that provides for students and their advisors a platform that integrates financial aid and academic progress to provide customized, holistic support to every student. The eAdvisor suite guides students towards selecting a major that suits their aptitude and interests and gives them a complete roadmap to towards degree completion. Students meet with their advisor in person in their first semester and as necessary based on the data that the program collects about student performance. Holistic support online: EAdvisor core functions Degree search allows students to explore majors and careers Automated course selection ensures adequate seats for critical/required courses Real-time progress monitoring informs student of major map completion Early warning alert if student is at risk of not meeting major requirements Student/advisor meetings are automatically facilitated for first enrollment and troubleshooting
Effective start/end date2/1/192/1/21


  • ECMC Foundation: $500,000.00


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