ASU's engineering schools merge to enhance, expand opportunities

February 7, 2014

Move will strengthen Polytechnic campus; increase campus enrollment

Arizona State University is merging its two successful engineering schools. The move will enhance and expand engineering education opportunities, lead to growth in the number of engineering and technology graduates, strengthen and increase the impact of research and simplify engagement for industry.   Download Full Image

This is a natural next step for ASU’s successful College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) and the Polytechnic campus, where the college is located. Both are now about a decade old.

CTI will be renamed the Polytechnic School, and will be housed within ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The school will continue to have unique programs, and the engineering and technology programs will be expanded at the Polytechnic campus.

The Arizona Board of Regents approved the change Feb. 5.

“For ASU to pursue its mission of innovative education and research, there needs to be continuous evolution and improvement of the university’s schools and campuses,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “By incorporating the Polytechnic School within Fulton Schools of Engineering, a top 50 nationally ranked engineering school, Poly will attract more students and expand research possibilities faster than could have been done otherwise. The Polytechnic School brings to Fulton a number of high-quality applied engineering programs and additional research facilities and programs.”

In recent years, ASU has constructed new academic facilities at Poly, built a residential life academic village, and added new recreation facilities. The goal remains to have 15,000 to 20,000 students there.

"The merger of CTI and the Fulton Schools represents a logical fusion of two very successful programs,” said ASU Provost Robert Page. “It will provide our students with a better-defined set of program options and allow new synergistic connections among our faculty."

Both CTI and the Fulton Schools share a strong interest in innovative, experiential education, student success and use-inspired research directed toward solving societal challenges in areas such as energy, health, sustainability, education and security.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is one of the largest engineering schools in the United States, with more than 10,000 students. CTI has more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Fulton Schools undergraduate program ranking from U.S. News & World Report puts them in the top 25 percent of ranked programs. Both schools have faculty that have been honored with the highest awards in their fields.

Mitzi Montoya, who has served as vice provost and dean of ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation since 2011, has been promoted to vice president for entrepreneurship and innovation in the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development and university dean for entrepreneurship and innovation. In this new role, Montoya will synthesize activities across campuses and continue to enrich the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

During her time as dean of CTI, Montoya spearheaded several initiatives designed to promote and support entrepreneurship. She was pivotal in bringing TechShop – a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio with locations nationwide – to the ASU Chandler Innovation Center. She also launched iProjects, which connects ASU students with industry to solve real business problems.

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ASU journalism fellows to share global experiences with Yavapai College

February 7, 2014

Ten international journalists and communicators at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication are visiting students and faculty at Yavapai College in central Arizona, Feb. 7, for a daylong event on globalization and international cooperation.

The international mid-career professionals at Cronkite are part of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administered by the Institute of International Education. At Yavapai College’s Prescott campus, the Humphrey Fellows will participate in a classroom discussion on religion, interact with faculty and students in a public forum and watch the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games. Download Full Image

The event is part of the Humphrey Associate Campus Partnership Program, which fosters partnerships and engages people from various nations in cross-cultural exchanges. It aims to establish alliances between Humphrey host campuses and colleges, universities and community colleges, especially those with significant minority populations or those in rural areas that serve students who may not regularly have opportunities to interact with international visitors.

“Our relationship with the Humphrey Fellowship Program benefits both colleges,” said Penny Wills, Yavapai College president. “It gives our students the rare opportunity to interact with and gain a deeper appreciation of multiple cultures from around the world. Our international friends learn about this uniquely American phenomenon, community colleges, from one of the best in the country.”

B. William Silcock, Cronkite School associate professor, director of Cronkite Global Initiatives and curator of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at ASU, said the visit gives the fellows the opportunity to learn more about U.S. higher education institutions and the communities they serve.

“Bringing our friends and colleagues – the Cronkite Humphrey Fellows – to Yavapai College is an extraordinary opportunity to connect citizens of the world at a world class college,” Silcock said. “An added bonus is being there on the opening day of the 2014 Olympics – a chance for the Cronkite School to bring the Olympic spirit to our friends around the state.”

The Humphrey Fellows are leading TV reporters, public relations specialists and newspaper editors in their home countries, which include Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Croatia, El Salvador, Malawi, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turkey. During their 10 months at Cronkite, they study journalism, receive leadership training and forge professional affiliations with news organizations in Arizona and across the country.

Yavapai College is a community college based in Prescott, Ariz., with six campuses in Yavapai County. It offers certificates and associate degrees in 76 areas of study, as well as nationally recognized educational and training programs. The Yavapai name comes from the indigenous group that originally populated the region.

The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s premier journalism schools, grounding students in the time-honored media values espoused by its namesake, Walter Cronkite. It has been recognized as a leader and innovator among mass communication educators nationwide by entities including The New York Times, The Times of London, American Journalism Review and multiple journalism foundations.

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