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An award-winning year in innovation

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Dear friends of ASU,

As we enter an exciting new year of excellence at ASU, I want to call to your attention just how momentous 2015 was in the evolution of our New American University. We set milestones in research, accessibility and achievement throughout our learning enterprise, and for service to our local and global communities.

Most visibly, ASU was ranked #1 among the Most Innovative Schools in the nation for 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. This is significant not only because of the historically outstanding universities ranked below us, including Stanford and MIT; but because the ranking was conferred by our peers — the leaders of other universities who address the same challenges we do. They tell us that our approach to those challenges, and the solutions we create, make us the most innovative university in America.

That acknowledgment, along with accelerating recognition in global media and journals of ASU as a top university, make this clear: The world is talking about ASU. And it will benefit our efforts greatly when you talk about us as well.

View the PDF and spend a few minutes with our Year in Review, then share this site with friends. As you do, it is important to remember that the document looks only backward. Innovation doesn’t rest. As proud as we are of the accomplishments we recognize in the Year in Review, they are simply milestones we have already left behind as we move forward into unmarked territory.

Thank you for joining us in that exploration.

Michael M. Crow
Arizona State University

#1 'Most Innovative School' 2016

ASU was ranked No. 1 among America's "Most Innovative Schools" for 2016 by U.S. News 7 World Report. The ranking, based on a survey of college officials across the country, places ASU ahead of No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 MIT.

Team recognized for discovering earliest human ancestor

The earliest evidence of the human genus Homo, uncovered in Ethiopia by an ASU team, was featured in the journal Science. The lower jaw was dated to 2.8 million years ago, predating other Homo fossils by 400,000 years.

Unprecedented partnership increases college access

The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, created in 2014, was expanded to offer 100 percent tuition coverage for every eligible U.S. Starbucks employee. These Starbucks "partners" can earn bachelor's degrees through ASU Online.