ASU online programs for vets top-ranked by US News & World Report

May 20, 2014

Arizona State University leads the best schools in the country for online veteran degree programs, according to a U.S. News & World Report released today. ASU ranked first in the nation for online master’s degree programs for veterans in business and engineering, according to the 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans rankings by U.S. News.

Additionally, ASU’s online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans ranked third nationally, and its online master’s programs for veterans in education and nursing placed seventh and 13th, respectively, according to the U.S. News study. graduating ASU veteran students attending a reception Download Full Image

ASU continues to be lauded for its work with veterans, having been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine in 2014 for the fifth consecutive year. In its Best for Vets: College 2014 rankings, Military Times magazine named ASU one of the top 50 colleges in the country.

ASU also ranks among the nation’s first higher education institutions to embrace “8 Keys to Success” – federal government guidelines for encouraging veteran students on campus and improving their employment outcomes. Information and video of ASU veterans are available at

The 2014 U.S. News report focusing on the nation’s student veterans analyzed 197 online degree programs at institutions that also offer a wide range of benefits for veterans. Only regionally accredited degree-granting programs offering classes that were 100 percent online were considered.

Leading the nation were No. 1-ranked online master’s degree programs for veterans at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business and its Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Ranking third nationally were ASU’s online bachelor’s degree programs for veterans.

Other ASU online graduate programs for veterans also placed in the country’s top 15. Ranked No. 7 was the online master's in education degree program in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Ranked No. 13 was the online master's in nursing degree program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Veteran enrollment is fast approaching 5 percent of ASU’s entire student body when counting both veterans and their dependents who are students. Currently, ASU has more than 3,000 veterans and dependents enrolled, with 2,000 of them using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The number of student veterans at ASU is increasing thanks to support from campus leadership, as well as centralized campus services for vets available at the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, said the center's director, Steven Borden, a retired Navy Captain.

“ASU leaders demonstrated vision and understanding in creating our center as a place to welcome veterans on campus,” he said. “They foresaw a growing enrollment of vets as a result of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and anticipated their special needs re-entering academic life.”

In February, ASU also launched its new Office for Veteran and Military Academic Engagement. Developed in partnership with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, the office is designed to connect veterans and university communities, and to create venues that reflect veterans’ voices and experiences.

“Having veterans’ voices reflected in education is one of the core goals of this office,” said director Mark von Hagen, who serves on the faculties of global studies in the School of Politics and Global Studies and history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “We want to help students from diverse backgrounds successfully navigate and achieve their educational and career goals.”

Rock Art Center anthropologist named one of Phoenix’s 100 creative forces

May 20, 2014

Arizona State University anthropologist Casandra Hernandez has been named one of Phoenix New Times’ 100 Creatives for 2014.

The interpretation and programs coordinator at the ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center is known for her influence in the creative and Latino communities, as well as her work at the center. Casandra Hernandez speaking into microphone at Deer Valley Rock Art Center Download Full Image

She says her job there “has to do with making connections between our desert environment, history and contemporary issues through public programming.”

Hernandez has worked hard to not only preserve the center’s legacy, but to also make the location relevant to contemporary audiences from all walks of life. In addition to playing host to youth programs and archaeology festivals, the center has recently been the setting for outdoor performances by the legendary modern dance duo Eiko and Koma, and Columbian street theater troupe Nemcatacoa Teatro.

This fall, the center will produce cultural events that address the theme of connecting ideas and politics across borders.

A native of Mexico who came to the U.S. at 18, Hernandez has been selected as one of only 28 fellows of the 2014 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute.

The ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center is a 47-acre archaeological and cultural site and nature preserve that is home to over 1,500 ancient petroglyphs. It is part of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change