ASU President Crow wants his school to be leader in world after COVID-19
PHOENIX – The coronavirus outbreak has changed the way people live and work, and Arizona State University President Michael Crow said his school was ready to jump to that future.
‘We’re going to be there helping lay the foundation for what these new technologically-enhanced businesses are going to be,” Crow said Tuesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
“Everything from food systems to every employment system that you can imagine. It’s going to be altered,” Crow said.
His campuses were altered early in the state’s outbreak. In February, a man with ties to the university became the first confirmed case in Arizona. The unidentified man went into self-isolation in late January.
The patient was eventually removed from isolation near the end of February.
Since then, 15 students were confirmed to have had COVID-19.
As of Tuesday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services said there were 2,575 positive tests for the virus and 73 deaths.
“I didn’t really think it would get this far, but we were ready,” Crow said. “We’re already a better institution than we were. We now we can teach and create learning environments three different ways simultaneously.”
Classes were moved online by mid-March. Then public graduation ceremonies were moved online.
ASU had a strong online presence before the outbreak.
But now, “We’re going to be able to reach a lot more people and really speed economic transformation through really enhanced and intensified learning,” Crow said.
That learning – ASU for You – offers at-home courses for college and high school students and other educational resources.
“Ways for you prepare yourself for what the new economy might look like.”