ASU ranked by U.S. News in top tier of national universities

September 13, 2011

For the fifth consecutive year, Arizona State University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of national universities.

ASU jumped to 132, up 11 spots from last year. Download Full Image

The U.S. News rankings come on the heels of ASU being named 78th in the top 100 universities in the world by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, considered one of the most prominent world university rankings.

The university also is named one of the top “2012 Up-and-Comers” among national universities in the 2012 Best Colleges guidebook by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the fourth year ASU has been chosen as a school to watch. The ranking, based on peer nominations, recognizes institutions that have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

This year ASU is ranked eighth, tied with Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Southern California, and the University of Florida.

“ASU is happy to be recognized as one of the leading national universities in the United States, and pleased that our peers have taken notice of the innovative directions in which we are moving,” ASU President Michael Crow said.

“U.S. News’ overall ranking tends to favor elite, private schools that accept only a small percentage of those who apply, and ASU’s accessible, affordable model tends to be a disadvantage in these rankings as we strive to educate and graduate a greater number of academically qualified students who have chosen to be Sun Devils. That we can be among the best in the nation and continue to grow to meet Arizona’s need for more college graduates is something our university community is truly proud of.”

In addition, ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business is ranked 28 among the best undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business, the same as last year.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is ranked 42 among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, up three spots from last year

The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Sept 13 and available online at

Sharon Keeler

ASU's Center for Health Information and Research receives grants

September 13, 2011

The Center for Health Information and Research (CHiR), under the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University, has received three grants to further health care research. 

CHiR’s multidisciplinary research team provides actionable information to the public and health communities, while continually developing new methods for storing, collecting, analyzing and disseminating information through well-founded research methods. CHIR logo Download Full Image

The first grant, sponsored by the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission, awards CHiR the second year in a 3-year project to help improve the collected data on Level 1 Trauma Centers and the MHIS Burn Center. In its first year of study, the project revealed the substantial reduction of expected problems with data quality. With an annual budget of $100,000, investigators Professor Diana Petitti and Professor William G. Johnson of Arizona State University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics will work cooperatively with the centers to support and improve their research capacity to improve care and meet the American College of Surgeons criteria for research studies.

CHiR was also awarded the second year of a 3-year study of colorectal cancer testing in Arizona, sponsored by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) as part of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control. Led by CHiR Statistical Programmer Senior Yue Qiu and CHiR Director and Professor of Biomedical Informatics William G. Johnson, the project aims to increase the prevalence of colorectal screening for eligible adults in Arizona. The  annual budget is approximately $36,000.

The third grant awards CHiR a contract for a 4-year follow up study of the changes in the utilization of electronic medical records by Arizona physicians, sponsored by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and the Governor’s Health Information Exchange office. With Professor Johnson as the principal investigator of the project, the study combines surveys of all physicians in Arizona with collected information as part of the licensing process. With a total budget of approximately $234,000, the study builds on the data collection model that has been maintained since its introduction to Arizona in 1991.

In 1999, CHiR began as the Health and Disability Research Group in the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business to sponsor research on health and health care for the School of Health Management and Policy. After transferring to the L. William Seidman Research Institute, the group was renamed CHiR and expanded its research focus to study occupational illness and injury and community health information systems, among other health-related issues. In 2009, CHiR became an official research center at ASU, aligning with the Department of Biomedical Informatics to provide a neutral source of relevant information to guide the research of health care services and health insurance coverage in both the private and public sectors.