ASU Future Expansion and Development Plan
ASU has come a long way in the last six years. The future holds much promise for ASU, its faculty, and students. Below are some of the plans that ASU looks forward to in the coming years.
•Accreditation is the process by which a university's educational quality is approved according to an agency's standards. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct evaluations to assess whether standards have been met or not.
•ASU plans on applying to ACICS ( The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools) for its accreditation. The process is a lengthy one that requires accounting for all divisions, sectors, and departments of an institution's operations. An application for accreditation requires a program to have generated a sufficient number of students in each program and to also have current enrollees.
•ASU is now assembling all the documentation needed to proceed with its accreditation application and we will make updates as significant developments in the process occur.
•ASU will undergo a dramatic organizational change in 2014. The sports curriculum of ASU will become a college underneath an umbrella university. The resulting educational institution will likely resemble the following tree chart:
•Campus at 4th Street
•ASU has drawn plans to close 4th street between D Street and Arrowhead Avenue and create a campus with walkways and greenery. ASU's campus currently spans three city blocks in downtown San Bernardino. 4th Street, however, has extensive traffic which is not conducive to creating a cohesive campus environment. With ASU's efforts, four bus lines have rerouted away from their original 4th Street stop.
•ASU plans on pushing the city of San Bernardino to permanently close 4th Street to traffic and further build its campus. The project will cost over one million dollars and will take a year to complete. We hope to complete the project by 2014.
•The sports industry is a worldwide one with global contacts and opportunities. ASU plans on developing relationships and contacts with universities, companies, professional athletic leagues and teams globally to enhance ASU's resources. This will further open doors for students to pursue their educations and careers outside of the United States. There are over 200 countries, many of which have robust sports industries. ASU is poised to collaborate with partners in an increasingly global world.
•American Sports University, as a niche educational institution in the industry of sports, is preparing to launch research centers that will enhance the education we can provide and also contribute to the sports world. The research facilities we anticipate launching are a senior sports center, an international martial arts research center, and a disabled sports center. There is a need for research and academia in all the above areas; ASU looks forward to providing both with its future research centers.
• Movies such as "Jerry Maguire" and "Any Given Sunday" publicize the lives of sports agents. Inherent in the ASU education is the practical and work component. To that end, we plan on forming the ASU Sports Agency. Top performers in ASU programs can apply for positions within the agency and put to work the education learned in the classroom.
• The developments are all geared towards creating a more global sports community. As part of this initiative, ASU plans on providing students with internships globally. This is done again through the connections of networks, the work done in the research centers, and the work of the affiliate colleges. More diverse world views and experiences complement the advantage of an education at American Sports University.
• The International Sports Avenue of Stars (ISAS) is a continuing project that aims to pay homage to those men and women who have made significant strides and impact on the world of sports. For more information, please click on the left sidebar tab labeled "International Sports Avenue of Stars."