Education for Humanity

ASU's rapidly deployable education solution for refugee, displaced and marginalized learners.
Online learning. In-person support. Transferable credit.

Education for Humanity is a university-wide initiative at ASU that’s managed by EdPlus, which partners with local organizations to offer access to higher education and workplace readiness for refugees and displaced persons.

In leveraging the digital strengths and innovative resources of Arizona State University, we have developed a solution that addresses the critical barriers refugees face when trying to pursue a degree: access, cost and credentials.

1%

of refugees attend university

65.6 million

people displaced worldwide

34,000

average number of people displaced daily
Source: The UN Refugee Agency
Arizona State University meets refugee learners where they are and where they may be going with digital learning tools offered in a blended learning model to enable admission to university and proof of academic and workplace readiness.

Overview of Our 1+3 Model

Preparation and skills modules

Our modules aim to prepare students for online learning and develop English language acquisition, information literacy, and professional competencies. The modules have been created specifically to meet the needs and ambitions of refugees and displaced learners. In-person facilitators from partner organizations will help to ensure learner success.

Global Freshman Academy

These credit-bearing university courses are available online and we hope will serve as a bridge to enrollment at universities in Uganda, Jordan and beyond. In-person facilitators from partner organizations will help to ensure learner success.

Partner Universities

Prospective partner universities in Uganda, Jordan and beyond will accept learners and credit from ASU’s first year university courses enabling refugees to complete their undergraduate degrees, cost-free,  from an accredited institution in their country of settlement.

ASU Online

ASU Online offers over 150 fully online degree and certificate programs. With over 30,000 students currently enrolled in ASU’s undergraduate and graduate programs online, the ASU Online portfolio is specifically designed to provide access to a wide range of academic and vocational resources.

Through local partnerships and user-centered design, we intend to meet the educational needs of refugees and displaced learners around the world.

Our Pilot Programs

Education for Humanity is currently conducting several pilot programs with a variety of highly regarded international partners. We partner with local deployment partners and universities to extend educational access to refugees and displaced learners in a blended learning format in refugee settlements and host communities.

Lebanon

Content: First Year University Courses
Start Date: September 2017
Deployment Partner: Beirut Center for Self-Reliance
Purpose: (1) Assess impact of university preparatory courses on the success of refugee learners enrolling in postsecondary degree programs (2) Assess deployment partner model for effective blended learning experience

Jordan

Content: Learn English Now
Start Date: November 2017
Deployment Partner: Norwegian Refugee Council
Purpose: (1) Assess the impact of university preparatory courses on the success of refugee learners enrolling in postsecondary degree programs (2) Assess the learning outcomes of Syrian refugees and Jordanian community members

Uganda

Content: Be a Successful Online Learner courses and First Year University Courses
Start date: April 2018
Deployment partner: Windle International Uganda
Purpose: Assess the impact of university preparatory courses on the success of English-speaking South Sudanese refugee learners enrolling in postsecondary degree programs

Rwanda

Content: Be a Successful Online Learner courses and College Algebra
Start date: March 2018
Deployment partner: Kepler
Purpose: Assess the impact of university preparatory courses on the success of refugee learners enrolling in postsecondary degree programs