ASU was ranked #1 most innovative school in the nation for the fourth consecutive year
Story of the New American University
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Mission and goals 2026
Broke ground on the Mesa City Center, a state-of-the art project dedicated to leading-edge media production and technology that will serve students, entrepreneurs and the surrounding community.
Announced the State Farm Pathways for the Future program, a collaboration to help high school and community college students to prepare for the future workplacemade possible bya $30 million gift from State Farm.
Launched ASU For You, a set of online resources to support learners of all ages, teachers and parents, and some at no cost.
With the help of a $2 million emergency grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, ASU ramped up critical COVID-19 testing, research and personal protective equipment production.
Unveiled a new PPE Response Network web site that connected university and community resources to hospitals in critical need of personal protective equipment.
The BiodesignInstitute at ASU developed a game-changing saliva-based COVID-19 test with 100% diagnostic accuracy and began administering the new test to protect first-responders.
For the safety of the Class of 2020, ASU hosted its first-ever virtual University Commencement due to COVID-19, which included the first graduate cohort of the Uber-ASU partnership.
Starbucks expands the ASU-developed, anti-bias online curriculum to the public at no cost.
Outfitted classrooms on all ASU campuses with state-of-the-art technology in preparation for ASU Sync, a fully interactive remote learning platform that was one of three options available to ASU students in fall 2020.
Announced a partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services to provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-10 in high-need, underserved communities across the state.
Welcomed more than 127,500 students to the fall 2021 semester at ASU, a nearly 8% increase from fall 2019, and more than 53,000 ASU Online students, its largest fall enrollment.
Launched the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, “a medical center for the Earth,” designed to study and develop solutions to keep our planet habitable for future generations.
Named “#1 in innovation” by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutiveyear.
Announced a cutting-edge partnership with Dreamscape Immersive to establish “Dreamscape Learn,” a project that merges Hollywood storytelling, state-of-the-art virtual reality technology and groundbreaking online and digital education to provide fully immersive learning experiences.
The National Institutes of Health awarded ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center a $4.7 million federal grant to increase COVID-19 testing in underserved communities around Arizona.
Named Sally C. Morton as executive vice president to lead the ASU Knowledge Enterprise, an organization with annual research expenditures upwards of $640 million.
Named Nancy Gonzales as ASU’s new executive vice president and provost, and Maria Anguiano as the founding executive vice president of the ASU Learning Enterprise, an initiative that will grow access
Announced a partnership with James Turrell to advance the completion, educational use, and conservation of his masterwork, the Roden Crater.
Turrell’s work at Roden Crater is a fusion of art, engineering, astronomy, architecture and neuroscience.
Shared plans to establish a new ASU location to serve as a world-class hub for digital innovation in science, technology and the arts in downtown Mesa, Arizona.
Announced a new tuition and program fee structure that extends ASU’s commitment to Arizona resident students and simplifies individual course and program fees for undergraduates.
Broke ground on the Health Futures Center as part of the Mayo-ASU Alliance for Health Care.
Received the inaugural “Seal of Excelencia” for ASU’s commitment to Latino student success.
Collaborated with MIT to offer the world’s first stacked online master’s degree in Supply Chain Management
Designated a top 10 university in patent rankings among all universities worldwide
Expanded our educational access partnership with Uber to include to eligible drivers and their families.
Named the #1 most innovative school in America for the fifth consecutive year.
Celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Starbucks College Achievement Plan.
Broke ground on the new headquarters of the Thunderbird School of Global Management in downtown Phoenix.
Announced the Decision Center for Educational Excellence in partnership with the Helios Education Foundation
President Michael Crow speaks at the announcement of the Decision Center for Educational Excellence Powered by Helios Education Foundation.
Shared ASU's plan to lead in “universal learning”
Opened the Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
Times Higher Education ranks ASU in the top 1 percent of the world’s most prestigious universities
ASU’s freshman retention rate passes 85%, exceeding the national average and 11 percentage points up from 2002
ASU ranked #1 most innovative school in the nation for the fourth consecutive year
Global Freshman Academy launched by EdPlus and edX
ASU welcomed the largest and most diverse freshman class in its history
The class included 11,500 freshmen students representing every U.S. state and 74 countries
ASU named the “#1 Most Innovative School” for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report
Announced the Mayo Clinic Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care
ASU named the country's fastest growing research enterprise
In 2016, ASU welcomed it largest and most diverse freshman class in its history. 11,500 freshman students representing every U.S. state and 74 countries.
Participated in The Economist and ASU co-sponsored webcast series, Re-inventing Higher Education
Donated $1.2M to fund the directorship of the ASU Public Service Academy
ASU named the "#1 Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report
Designated a LinkedIn "Influencer"
Browse through the archive of LinkedIn op-eds penned by President Crow on a wide range of higher education related topics
Appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
President Michael Crow was appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) by US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson
Received the inaugural American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation
Established the Starbucks College Achievement Plan in partnership to enhance access
Became Founding Chairman of the University Innovation Alliance
Established ASU's first-ever official university charter
EdPlus launched to enhance access to technologically-enhanced learning opportunities across all modalities.
The American Council on Education (ACE) has named Arizona State University the first recipient of an award created to recognize a college or university which, during a period of great change in higher education, has responded to challenges in innovative ways that allow the institution to thrive.
Launched the Transatlantic Higher Education Partnership with Dublin City University
A comprehensive alliance designed to create new learning and research experiences for students, expanding economic development and creating positive outcomes for communities in Arizona and Ireland
Named University Vice-Chair of the Council on Competitiveness
Established the Trustees of ASU
Received the Carnegie Corporation of New York's Academic Leadership Award
A recognition bestowed to presidents of U.S. higher education institutions who are fulfilling their leadership duties with vision, dedication and creativity, and demonstrate a commitment to excellence and equity.
Opened the ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City
Named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Published "Citizen Science U." in Scientific American
Arizona State University student paddle board down to Lake Havasu. ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City began operation in 2012.
Ford College Community Challenge winners are announced during the ASU Demo Day. 100% of ASU’s colleges and schools are engaged in entrepreneurship
Announced budget and efficiency actions following state budget cuts
Published “The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team” in Issues in Science and Technology
Launched ASU Online to provide broad access to high-quality higher education
Named to the TIME list of "10 Best College Presidents"
Published "Overcoming Stone Age Logic" in Issues in Science and Technology
By 2009, the total number of minority students enrolled at ASU had nearly doubled since 2002 (11,487 to 21,060)
Presented the National Academy of Sciences Arthur Sackler Lecture, Opportunities and Limits in the Creation of Useful Knowledge for Sustainable Development
Completed the second phase of a university-wide academic reorganization
Donated salary bonus to need-based financial aid fund
ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, SkySong, launched in 2008.
Began collaborations with Dublin City University
Became a founding signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Founded the nation’s first School of Sustainability
Named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
Completed the first phase of a comprehensive academic reorganization
Classes began at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus in August 2006
ASU's Global Institute for Sustainability launched in July 2004.
Secured passage of $500M Research Infrastructure I legislation