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Building Opportunities for College Completion in the U.S.: The Arizona State University and Starbucks Partnership

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Continuing Professional Development Division Technical Session 3

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Continuing Professional Development

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26.307.1 - 26.307.5



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Jeffrey S. Goss Arizona State University

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Jeffrey Goss has served as the Executive Director for the Office of Global Outreach and Extended

Education and Assistant Dean in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University for

the past seven years.

Mr. Goss has more than 18 years experience in professional and executive education collectively at

University of Maryland, George Washington University, University of Michigan, and Arizona State

University. At ASU's Fulton School of Engineering, Mr. Goss leads Global Engagement, ASU

Engineering Online graduate degree programs, and Executive/Professional Development programs. His

research areas include global workforce development learning models and the development and

application of new technologies and distributed-media models for adult learning.

Since 2010, Mr. Goss has been the Principal Investigator/Project Director for the Higher Engineering

Education Alliance Program (HEEAP), focused on modernization and transformation of teaching and

learning in undergraduate engineering programs in Vietnam. In this role he has worked in both Vietnam

and the United States on faculty and curriculum development to advance Vietnam’s economic growth. He

has strong relationships with senior officials in the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry

of Industry, Invalids and Social Affairs, as well as leaders of the high-tech industry in Vietnam. Mr. Goss

also has extensive experience in the administration of sub-agreements. Under an existing project funded

by USAID and Intel, Mr. Goss has partnered with five major universities in Vietnam to prepare faculty to

excel in teaching students to attain technical expertise, English, and the soft skills and competencies to

succeed on a global engineering stage.

He received his BS in Public Relations and Management from Central Michigan University (Mt. Pleasant,

MI) and Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University (Washington, DC).

Under Mr. Goss' direction, thousands of global engineering professionals from various corporate

organizations have advanced their companies and employee's careers with training through executive

seminars, certifications, short courses and media distributed graduate degree programs.

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Philip Regier Arizona State University

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Dr. Philip Regier is University Dean for Educational Initiatives and CEO of EdPlus at ASU.

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Scott Pitasky Starbucks

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 Moderator:  Jeffrey  S.  Goss,  Associate  Vice  Provost,  ASU  Presenters:  Dr.  Phil  Regier,  Executive  Vice  Provost  and  Dean,  Arizona  State  University  Online  Campus  andStartbucks  Presenter  (To  be  Confirmed  if  Abstract  Accepted)  Title:  Building  opportunities  for  College  Completion  in  the  U.S.:  The  Arizona  State  University  and  Starbucks  PartnershipAbstract:  The  largest  public  university  in  the  country  and  the  largest  coffee  brand  in  the  world  came  together  in  2014  to  create  a  first-­‐of-­‐its-­‐kind  partnership  that  would  greatly  expand  access  to  higher  education  for  Starbucks  employees.  Through  the  Starbucks  College  Achievement  Plan,  any  employee  of  Starbucks  in  the  U.S.  is  eligible  to  enroll  in  any  of  Arizona  State  University’s  40  plus  undergraduate  online  degree  programs  and  receive  full  tuition  reimbursement  to  complete  their  degree.  It  is  a  partnership  grounded  in  social  embeddedness  that  provides  opportunity  for  ASU,  Starbucks  and  –  most  importantly  –  the  thousands  of  students  who  wouldn’t  otherwise  have  the  opportunity  to  earn  their  college  degree.    Phil  Regier,  executive  vice  provost  for  ASU  and  dean  of  ASU  Online,  will  speak  about  the  partnership  that  had  everyone  from  John  Stewart  to  President  Obama  talking.  A  Starbucks  representative  will  join  Regier  and  together  they  will  discuss  the  motivation,  origin  and  rollout  of  this  innovative  public-­‐private  education  partnership.  As  of  October  1st,  over  4,000  Starbucks  employees  have  applied  for  an  ASU  online  degree.URL:­‐and-­‐arizona-­‐state-­‐university  

Goss, J. S., & Regier, P., & Pitasky, S. (2015, June), Building Opportunities for College Completion in the U.S.: The Arizona State University and Starbucks Partnership Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23646

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