ASU Maintains Most Innovative College Title For 5th Year In A Row

For the fifth consecutive year, Arizona State University has been named the No. 1 Most Innovative College by the U.S. News & World Report. It was compared among over 1,500 four-year universities.

“We’re very grateful for this,” ASU President, Michael Crow told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday. “It’s recognition of us…our faculty and staff having been able to create an institution which is really capable of responding to anyone’s learning needs.”

In the rankings released on Sunday, ASU listed higher than institutions like Stanford, Purdue, Cal Tech, and UC Berkeley.

Crow credits faculty’s willingness to adapt and accept everchanging technologies and integrate them into their teachings across all four of ASU’s campuses as the reason for retaining the top spot.

“Most people that go to college don’t finish. It’s a sad occurrence,” he said. “We’ve taken our technologies to help almost everyone to finish when they come to ASU. If you leave ASU and haven’t finished, we can now reach you. We have tens of thousands of students engaged with us in learning from their jobs.”

The report based its findings on the responses of “top college officials (asked) to identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities,” according to U.S. News.

There are currently over 42,000 undergrad Sun Devils enrolled at ASU. They were ranked at No. 117 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 edition of Best National Universities list. The comprehensive public research program offers over 300 academic programs for undergraduates to choose from.

Click here to read the full list of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Most Innovative Schools.