Fulton Schools of Engineering jumps 9 spots in 2 years in US News rankings

The nation's largest engineering school places 6 undergraduate areas of focus in the top 25

September 11, 2022

No engineering school in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of undergraduate programs had a more substantial gain in the last two years than the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (tied with the University of Notre Dame).

Out of 212 universities included in the survey, the Fulton Schools of Engineering now ranks No. 33 overall, and No. 19 among public universities, across undergraduate engineering programs. ASU’s engineering school is up three spots from last year’s ranking (from No. 36) and has risen nine spots from two years ago (No. 42). Undergraduate studies in civil engineering, computer engineering, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are among the nation’s best according to U.S. News & World Report. Download Full Image

“Engineering and computer science are foundational to not only technology innovation but to advancing quality of life,” says Kyle Squires, ASU’s vice provost of engineering, computing and technology and dean of the Fulton Schools of Engineering. “Consequently, the need for talented engineers is only increasing in our society. In the Fulton Schools, our faculty begins preparing students for these critical roles from their first day, creating a commitment to excellence and impact that becomes deeply ingrained, as reflected in these rankings.”

Six areas of study in the Fulton Schools of Engineering now rank among the top 25 undergraduate engineering areas in the nation, according to U.S. News. ASU’s undergraduate areas in civil engineering, computer engineering, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering are rated among the best nationally.

• No. 18 in civil engineering.
• No. 20 in cybersecurity.
• No. 20 in electrical engineering.
• No. 21 in environmental engineering.
• No. 23 in computer engineering.
• No. 23 in mechanical engineering.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked the undergraduate computer science program, which is part of the Fulton Schools of Engineering, at No. 46 (up eight spots) among more than 530 undergraduate computer science programs that were included in the survey.

The engine powering the Fulton Schools of Engineering’s continued recognition on the national stage is its world-class faculty. With a clear focus on preparing the next generation of leaders and innovators, ASU’s engineering faculty is committed to conducting use-inspired research and advancing entrepreneurship to address the great challenges of our time and transform society for the better. This academic year, more than 50 new faculty members are joining the Fulton Schools of Engineering, bringing skills and insights from top universities, leading laboratories and pioneering industry sectors from around the world.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering’s reputation for accelerating innovation continues with the launch of the university’s newest engineering school — the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks. With the goal of playing a significant role in supplying the talent needed to support U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing, the School of Manufacturing and Systems Networks is building on the Fulton Schools of Engineering’s foundation of comprehensive engineering, computer and technology programs to create a unique educational enterprise that will be a model for preparing students for the jobs of the future and to make an impact in their communities and around the world.

See the complete list of rankings for the 2022–23 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs on the U.S. News & World Report website.

ASU nursing college earns top 30 ranking for BSN program

September 11, 2022

An expansion of programs leading to increased capacity and robust academic-practice partnerships are just a few of the elements that helped Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation secure the No. 29 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings of undergraduate nursing programs.

“We’ve been working strategically and diligently at Edson College over the last few years to increase capacity in our Bachelor of Science nursing programs by developing strong academic-practice partnerships in order to meet the demands of the nursing workforce,” Edson College Dean Judith Karshmer said. “It’s rewarding to see these efforts paying off with this type of national acknowledgment from our peer institutions.” Nursing students look on as an instructor demonstrates at an IV pump next to a manikin. The students are wearing maroon scrubs and surgical masks Between program expansion and innovative clinical approaches, ASU's Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation is consistently working to prepare the best nurses possible. Download Full Image

In 2021, the college saw its largest BSN graduating class to date, with 794 students earning a Bachelor of Science in nursing between the prelicensure and post-licensure nursing programs.

Most recently, Edson College once again started offering the BSN program on the West campus. In 2021, the college also launched its first-ever program at ASU Lake Havasu with the goal of helping to address the nursing shortage in rural communities. The first Havasu cohort graduated this summer.

In addition to seeking out opportunities to grow the nursing programs, college leadership has embarked on a new approach to the ever-important clinical experience for nursing majors. With the introduction of the “teams model,” students now spend the majority of their clinical time at the same health care organization. 

In describing the advantages of the teams model, Salina Bednarek, senior director of prelicensure nursing programs and a clinical assistant professor at Edson College, called it a win-win. 

“The benefit of this model is that the facilities get to know them as students, the students get to know the facilities, and they’re able to focus more on learning the concepts that we’re trying to instill in them,” she said.

The college has successfully partnered with health care organizations to meet their workforce needs in cohort models that are now reflected in the teams model. The first was the establishment of the Mayo Clinic cohort in 2002 and then later with the launch of the dedicated education unit with Phoenix Children’s. However, this is the first time this model has been instituted program-wide.

Ultimately, the teams model seeks to create a stronger workforce pipeline and cut down on some of the time it takes for new nurses to transition from student to new graduate registered nurses at their first job. So far, academic-practice partner facilities like Dignity Health and Banner have embraced the innovative approach and are seeing the benefits up close. 

“For physicians and staff, they get to know the students very well,” said Alexis Warren, education specialist at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. “They get very comfortable. There’s this really well-oiled relationship. And it just all ultimately creates a better, safer environment for our patients.”

Seeking out partnerships and opportunities to grow the BSN program while providing the best evidence-based education possible is a top priority for leadership, adding to the college’s legacy of care and future of discovery.

“This ranking is certainly a recognition of the hard work of our program leadership, faculty and staff and the innovative approaches we’ve implemented to prepare the best nurses possible while maintaining our rigorous curriculum,” said Katherine Kenny, associate dean of academic affairs. “It’s also a reflection of our graduates practicing around the country and representing Sun Devil nurses through their high level of care.”

This is the second year that U.S. News & World Report have ranked undergraduate nursing programs in the Best Colleges rankings. In the first year that rankings were provided, Edson College came in at No. 76. 

Amanda Goodman

Senior communications specialist, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation