Our partnership

The Starbucks ASU partnership is founded on a shared commitment to access, excellence and social impact in line with our respective university charter and corporate mission and values. Within these core principles is the belief that we have the power to uplift the communities we serve and forge a better future through education and inclusion. Our collaboration exemplifies the life-changing outcomes that are possible when two innovative and socially engaged institutions come together to make a difference.

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Starbucks College Achievement Plan

The Starbucks College Achievement Plan is a first-of-its-kind partnership that creates an opportunity for all U.S. benefits-eligible Starbucks partners (employees) to earn their bachelor’s degree through ASU Online.


Center for the Future

The ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet will advance Starbucks transformative agenda by leveraging ASU’s applied research, networks, expert faculty, and innovation through our shared aspirational commitment to the betterment of people, the planet and our global communities.

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Starbucks Global Academy

Starbucks Global Academy provides access to courses at no cost to learners to enhance their personal and professional development.

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Innovative Business Solutions

Starbucks collaborates with ASU to solve a variety of business challenges.

Partnership timeline

April 2021
  • ASU-Starbucks Center for the Future of People and the Planet established
January 2021
  • Starbucks Global Academy launched in EMEA
  • 1,000 Pathway to Admission learners admitted to ASU
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December 2020
  • 5,000 graduates through Starbucks College Achievement Plan
August 2020
  • Starbucks Global Academy launched in Asia Pacific
  • Starbucks Global Academy passed 200,000 total course enrollments
September 2019
  • Starbucks Global Academy expands from pilot to national and global launch
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May 2019
  • 3,000 graduates through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan
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December 2017
  • 1,000 graduates through the Starbucks College Achievement Plan
August 2017
  • First Phoenix-based Starbucks interns begin working at SkySong
February 2017
  • Starbucks Global Academy pilot launched
  • Pathway to Admission launched
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November 2015
  • Starbucks College Achievement Plan Veteran benefit announced
June 2014
  • Starbucks ASU Partnership announced