ASU Vision and Goals: 2013 and Beyond


ASU Vision

To establish ASU as the model for a New American University, measured not by who we exclude, but rather by who we include and how they succeed; pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good; assuming major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.

ASU Mission & Goals: 2013 And Beyond

Demonstrate American leadership in academic excellence and accessibility

  • Maintain the fundamental principle of accessibility to all students qualified to study at a research university
  • Maintain university accessibility to match Arizona’s socioeconomic diversity
  • Improve freshmen persistence to 90%
  • Enhance university graduation rate to 75%-80% and 25,000 graduates
  • Enhance quality while reducing the cost of a degree
  • Enroll 100,000 online and distance education degree seeking students
  • Enhance linkages with community colleges so as to expand baccalaureate degree production to national leadership levels
  • Enhance measured student development and individual student learning to national leadership levels

Establish national standing in academic quality and impact of colleges and schools in every field

  • Attain national standing in academic quality for each college & school (top 5-10% for each college)
  • Attain national standing in the learning value added to our graduates in each college & school
  • Become the leading university academically (faculty, discovery, research, creativity) in at least one department or school within each college/school

Establish ASU as a global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2020

  • Become a leading global center for interdisciplinary scholarship discovery and development
  • Become a leading American center for discovery and scholarship in the social sciences, arts and humanities
  • Enhance research competitiveness to more than $700 million in annual research expenditures
  • Augment regional economic competitiveness through research and discovery and value-added programs

Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

  • Enhance linkage to local and regional social and community development groups
  • Establish/develop/enhance linkages and partnerships with local, regional and national NGO’s, governments and public agencies, and private sector firms with a focus on community development
  • Undertake applied sustainability research that impacts the social, environmental and economic evolution of the southwest
  • Provide an objective and ongoing facilitation role for the region's progress
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