Event to present 2022 outlook from ASU, national economists

Speakers from across the country and region to share what’s in store for the year ahead at the 58th annual ASU/PNC Bank Economic Forecast Luncheon

November 16, 2021

Employment is recovering from the severe contraction induced by the pandemic, but it is still way below levels at the start of 2020. Can it fully recover this year? What is the expected role of the stimulus legislation on growth, employment and inflation? What are the perspectives for the Arizona economy?

Top national and regional experts will present their economic forecasts and advice on these issues and more at the Economic Forecast Luncheon, hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and sponsored by PNC Bank. Lee McPheters, Research Professor of Economics and Director of the W. P. Carey Economic Outlook Center at ASU Economic Outlook Center Director Lee McPheters. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU News Download Full Image

The keynote address, presented via Zoom, will be given by Lawrence H. Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and president emeritus of Harvard University. The outlook for the U.S. economy will be presented by Gus Faucher, the chief economist of the PNC Financial Services Group. The outlook for the regional and metro economy will be shared by Lee McPheters, research professor of economics and director of the Economic Outlook Center at ASU.

The event will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8. Attendees can join virtually via Zoom and in person in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. To register, visit wpcarey.asu.edu/efl.

McPheters is available for media opportunities in person at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel before the event from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8. He’s also available from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Dec. 6, via Zoom. Reporters can schedule interviews by emailing Shay Moser at shay.moser@asu.edu.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


ASU scholars awarded $2M grant to advance educational data sharing

November 16, 2021

A collaborative group of scholars from Arizona State University was awarded $2 million by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to develop a foundational infrastructure and protocols that will facilitate the connection of student achievement, learning and persistence data within ASU and beyond. 

The ASU Learning at Scale Digital Learning Network is part of the IES Digital Learning Platforms to Enable Efficient Education Research Network and will develop a digital learning network platform with the capacity to house aggregated data. A photo illustration of data and coding Image by Metamorworks/iStock Download Full Image

Led by Danielle McNamara, ASU professor and director of the Science of Learning and Educational Technology laboratory, the ASU Learning at Scale team is composed of an interdisciplinary group of scientists, data analysts and data specialists from EdPlus at Arizona State University, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the University Technology Office who have extensive experience in online learning. 

"The L@S project takes a vital step toward understanding learning and instruction in the real world, in real-world contexts," McNamara said. "ASU is one of the largest and most innovative universities in the country, and even more important, ASU is committed to lifelong learning and providing effective instruction for all learners. This makes ASU the ideal setting for the L@S  project." 

ASU Online course data and undergraduate student data will be available to ASU and non-ASU researchers, allowing them to examine and use the data through exploratory and experimental methods in a way that maintains institutional and individual privacy.

A platform of this kind would leverage various types of data from large, diverse learner populations and facilitate experimental studies that examine the impact of a wide range of learning tools and approaches to enhance learning.

“The project allows us to accelerate our ability to organize, optimize and analyze data to gain insights and scale our ability to make data-informed decisions that lead to increased student success,” said Bethany Weigele, EdPlus chief innovation officer.

Having an interdisciplinary team that spans multiple units, technical expertise and skill sets allows for innovative collaboration of ideas and furthering the mission of the university.

“The team gets the vision of the project and how it aligns with our charter,” Weigele said. “We need to be increasingly able to conduct research at scale on our university’s data or we can’t iteratively improve our service to our students. The ASU Charter defines our responsibility to our community, and this project is a catalyst for us to make greater use of our data to serve our community better."

The long-term vision is to provide the infrastructure to promote innovation in research, emerging technologies and community outreach to enhance universal, lifelong learning to students around the world.

Applying research and methods from multiple disciplines, McNamara’s work with the interdisciplinary research group at the Science of Learning and Educational Technology lab speaks to her research and leadership expertise that will guide and empower the team to advance inclusion and equity-oriented research to benefit all students. 

In addition to ASU Learning at Scale, the Digital Learning Network includes four platform teams and a network lead that leverage existing tools for rigorous education research: The Canvas+Terracotta LMS-Based Experimental Education Research PlatformMATHia: A Digital Learning Platform Supporting Core and Supplemental Instruction in Middle and High School Mathematics; Revisions to the ASSISTments Digital Learning Platform to Expand Its Support for Rigorous Education Research; and Efficient Education Research via the OpenStax Learning Platform.

Senior Media Relations Coordinator, EdPlus