Arizona State University
University Senate
Spring 2016

Senate Motion #2016-51


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Steven Semken, Chair

Date of First Reading: March 28, 2016

Date of Second Reading: April 25, 2016

Title of Motion: Request from the School for the Future of Innovation and Society – for the establishment of a graduate certificate – Global Development and Innovation

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.    

Rationale:As a transdisciplinary certificate program, global development and innovation responds to the knowledge and skills gap development practitioners often struggle with and also links innovations that policymakers are seeking to desired social outcomes for more sustainable and resilient futures. The program caters to ASU graduates and professionals from around the world seeking to complement their experience and skill set with critical perspectives on innovation and development for managing and overseeing complex global challenges. This certificate provides a solid grounding on theories and practices on how innovations emerge, how they diffuse across societies, and what impacts they have on policies and practices to sustainable development challenges. The students will be equipped with the analytical and practical skills needed to engage critically in issues around innovation and development, to debate from a transdisciplinary perspective, and to work across the intersections of innovation, development policy, research and practice. 

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