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ASU named a top innovative user of information technology

September 12, 2013

InformationWeek recently announced its annual ranking of the top 500 most innovative users of information technology in business. Among them, Arizona State University ranked 71, alongside other innovators such as Verizon, GM and Boeing.

ASU was recognized for its innovative eAdvisor effort, a set of applications and processes that delivers information about students’ progress through their academic programs and assists them in making decisions critical to their success. This effort, the brainchild of ASU’s Provost Betty Phillips, has resulted in significant increases in student success.

“We are pleased to have our efforts recognized in this way and to stand in the company of so many excellent businesses,” says Gordon Wishon, chief information officer at ASU. “The use of information technology in innovative ways is a key element of our ability to provide a high quality, personalized educational experience at the largest university in the country.”

In addition to ranking 71 overall, ASU is recognized for its innovation in creating student-centric, web-based tools for class registration, online courses and grade monitoring. Leah Lommel, Assistant Vice President of Development for ASU says, “Under the leadership of Provost Phillips, ASU embarked on a journey to find an innovative solution to ‘help’ students in understanding critical course work required for their degree early in their academic experience. Our solution came in the form of the innovative and proprietary suite of applications named eAdvisor®.”

eAdvisor is featured by InformationWeek as one of the “Top 20 ideas to steal in 2013," and as an inspiring story of how technology can improve academic services and student productivity.

For more information about the University Technology Office, visit To  learn more about eAdvisor, visit

Jason Striker,
ASU University Technology Office