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In June of 2014, the largest public university in the country and the largest coffee brand in the world announced a first-of-its-kind partnership designed to expand access to higher education. Through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, Starbucks employees (known as partners) in the United States who work as little as 20 hours per week can finish a bachelor's degree with full tuition reimbursement through any of Arizona State University's more than 50 online undergraduate degree programs. There is no obligation for partners to stay at Starbucks after they graduate from ASU.
Together, Starbucks and ASU share the vision that inclusion is no barrier to excellence - everyone deserves the opportunity to get a great education. The College Achievement Plan is expanding opportunities for Americans to succeed in the global digital economy and reigniting faith that Americans to succeed in the global digital economy and reigniting faith that the American Dream is achievable. It is an innovative corporate/public university partnership that offers a new model for education access and has generated new services beneficial to all students pursuing online degree programs at ASU.
Many units across ASU worked hard to make this project a success. They include:
Admission Services, EdPlus at ASU, Enrollment Services Information Systems Development, Enterprise Marketing Hub, Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, College of Public Service & Community Solution, Institutional Analysis, School of Social Transformation, Student Business Services, University Registrar Services, Office of University Affairs, Office of University Provost, University Technology Office, Steve Borden, Pat Tillman Veterans Center and W.P. Carey School of Business.
To see the entire presentation, please visit the ASU Insight article: Honoring Innovation at ASU.
Note: Information above taken from the 2015-2016 President's Recognition Reception Program. Arizona Board of Regents, All Rights Reserved.