Non-credit courses provide lifelong learning opportunities at ASU

January 29, 2013

Arizona State University is increasing its reach and educational impact in local and global communities by making a variety of non-credit courses more accessible to the general public.

This week, ASU is launching a new Continuing Education website that will serve as a central catalog for all non-credit offerings at ASU. In addition, ASU is expanding resources dedicated to creating new non-credit course offerings. Download Full Image

Non-credit courses have long been an enjoyable way for people to take up new hobbies or develop their creativity. They can also assist in career development or lead to a new vocation through a certificate program. ASU has a tradition of offering numerous non-credit offerings at campus locations, and at venues throughout the Phoenix area, in Tucson and Flagstaff, as well as online.

The website, created by ASU Online and the University Technology Office, provides a comprehensive list of the more than 180 courses available to the public. Geared toward the adult learner, these courses may be taken for enjoyment purposes or to fulfill a professional need. Those looking to take courses do not have to be ASU students to register, instead, simply a member of the public looking to pursue lifelong learning.

Julia Rosen, associate vice provost at ASU Online and Extended Campus, says the initiative is an extension of the existing efforts, which have already brought together more than 12,000 participants.

"We believe that continuing education can help people in various areas. This is an opportunity for ASU to create a cohesive space for the community at large to engage with one another and pursue their professional or personal goals," she said. "Many come to keep their skill set current and are seeking a business or technical certification. Others may be looking at trying something they always dreamed of doing or learning about."

Individuals may use the Continuing Education website to learn about the breadth of offerings. Courses are searchable by area of interest allowing users to dive right into the subject matter they are seeking. Class prices vary depending on the subject and they are all not-for-credit, although some courses do provide a certificate of completion or offer the training required for an industry certification. The majority of the courses will be available in person, however, some are available online.

For example, professionals looking to advance their career may register for the Strategic Planning Boot Camp offered by the Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and taught in Mesa. Those looking to channel their inner Ken Follett may take a historical fiction-writing course taught online by the Virginia Piper Writing Center.

Matthew Krull, a former student in the program, enrolled in a Lean Green Belt class via the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and said the experience of being able to enhance his development is invaluable for his career in the supply chain industry.

"The learning experience has already paid for itself by giving me the tools and knowledge to help identify lean opportunities," he said. "The professors really showed how you could apply what we were learning to a normal working environment, using examples that were very applicable to real-world scenarios."

To learn more about continuing your education, visit Academic units looking to become involved with the program may contact Julia Rosen at

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Storm drain installation could cause delays for ASU Polytechnic campus commuters

January 29, 2013

ASU Polytechnic campus commuters are advised to plan for traffic delays at the campus’s main entrance. The delays are due to the 16-month Power Road Improvement Project, which began in July 2012.

Beginning Feb. 5, storm drain installation will restrict traffic to one lane in each direction along Williams Field Road from east of Power Road to the Sagewood/Edgewater intersection (just east of the House of Refuge church). This traffic restriction is anticipated to continue through late-February 2013. A wide street with a car in the distance driving toward the vantage point. Download Full Image

Alternate points of entry to the Polytechnic campus include traveling northbound or southbound along Sossaman Road and then turning west onto Texas Avenue to arrive at the east side of campus. To access the campus from the north, drivers also may travel eastbound or westbound on Ray Road, then southeast onto Sossaman to Avery Street.

Lane restrictions continue northbound and southbound along Power Road from Ray Road to south of Williams Field Road.

The City of Mesa is leading the multi-government agency Power Road Improvement Project that spans Power Road from south of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway to the north side of Pecos Road. Construction includes widening Power Road to three lanes in each direction with a raised median and full intersection improvements at Ray and Williams Field Roads.

Be in the know

Campus visitors and commuters are advised to regularly check The City of Mesa Traffic Restriction Alerts and Closures web page for updates. Sun Devils with Facebook and Twitter accounts also are encouraged to find and follow The City of Mesa at “mctraffic.”

ASU Parking and Transit Services (PTS) will continue to provide project updates to the ASU community as it receives them from the city. Look for more information about the Power Road Improvement Project in future editions of PTS News, as well as on ASU Transit Facebook page< and on the @ASUtransit Twitter feed.

Shereen Shaw,
ASU Parking & Transit

Wendy Craft

Marketing and communications manager, Business and Finance Communications Group