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ASU-Starbucks partnership begins Thursday

PHOENIX — School is in session for thousands of Arizona State University students starting Thursday, along with hundreds more online.

Back in June, ASU announced a partnership with Starbucks by offering an online undergraduate degree at a steep discount for any of the coffee chain’s employees who work at least 20 hours a week.

Starbucks will offer 40 ASU Online degree programs that its employees can then choose from. About 70 percent have said they want a business degree, so the W.P. Carey School of Business is ready for an influx.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Starbucks to help their Partners complete their college degrees,” (said) Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, in a press release. “Because so many of the Starbucks Partners want business degrees, we’re introducing online versions of our popular bachelor’s programs with concentrations in global logistics, global leadership and sustainability.”

A new online retail-management degree will also be offered.