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    "For our society to achieve its ideal there cannot be an unequal distribution of its most important asset – education."

    – Michael M. Crow, ASU President

    "For our society to achieve its ideal there cannot be an unequal distribution of its most important asset – education."

    – Michael M. Crow, ASU President

Story of the New American University

Learn more about the design and trajectory of President Michael Crow’s emerging model for the 21st century public research university.


Mission and goals 2025

Demonstrate leadership in academic excellence and accessibility
Establish national standing in academic quality and impact of colleges and schools in every field
Establish ASU as a leading global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2025
Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness
January 2018 / Knowledge Economy

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.


March 2018 / University Design

Shared ASU's plan to lead in “universal learning”


March 2018 / Access

Opened the Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center in Washington, D.C.


April 2018 / Excellence

Times Higher Education ranks ASU in the top 1 percent of the world’s most prestigious universities


August 2018 / Excellence

ASU’s freshman retention rate passes 85%, exceeding the national average and 11 percentage points up from 2002


September 2018 / Excellence

ASU ranked #1 most innovative school in the nation for the fourth consecutive year

ASU was ranked #1 most innovative school in the nation for the fourth consecutive year

January 2017 / Philanthropy

Launched Campaign ASU 2020, ASU's first-ever comprehensive development campaign

Together, Our Potential is Limitless


May 2017 / Knowledge Economy

The Arizona State Legislature passed $1B Research Infrastructure II legislation

February 2016 / Partnerships

Formed the PLuS Alliance with King’s College London and the University of New South Wales

PLuS Alliance


April 2016 / University Design

Global Freshman Academy launched by EdPlus and edX


August 2016 / Knowledge Economy

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


September 2016 / University Design

ASU named the “#1 Most Innovative School” for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report


October 2016 / Partnerships

Announced the Mayo Clinic Arizona State University Alliance for Health Care


December 2016 /

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.

February 2015 / University Design

Published Designing the New American University


May 2015 / University Design

Participated in The Economist and ASU co-sponsored webcast series, Re-inventing Higher Education


September 2015 / Philanthropy

Donated $1.2M to fund the directorship of the ASU Public Service Academy


September 2015 / University Design

ASU named the "#1 Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report


October 2015 /

Appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council


October 2015 /

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

President Michael Crow was appointed to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) by US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

February 2014 / Knowledge Economy

Presented “Universities as Partners in Global Development” to the World Bank Group


March 2014 / University Design

Received the inaugural American Council on Education Award for Institutional Transformation


June 2014 / Partnerships

Established the Starbucks College Achievement Plan in partnership to enhance access


September 2014 / University Design

Became Founding Chairman of the University Innovation Alliance


November 2014 / University Design

Established ASU's first-ever official university charter


December 2014 / University Design

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.

September 2013 / Partnerships

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


November 2013 / Knowledge Economy

Named University Vice-Chair of the Council on Competitiveness


November 2013 / Philanthropy

Established the Trustees of ASU


December 2013 /

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.

March 2012 / University Design

Delivered the Robert H. Atwell Lecture at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education


August 2012 / University Design

Opened the ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City


September 2012 / Science Policy

Named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science


October 2012 / Science Policy

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.

March 2011 / Science Policy

Published "Time to Rethink the NIH in Nature


August 2011 /

Recognized by Slate as one of the “Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time”


September 2011 / Knowledge Economy

All ASU colleges and schools are engaged in entrepreneurship

Ford College Community Challenge winners are announced during the ASU Demo Day.  100% of ASU’s colleges and schools are engaged in entrepreneurship

May 2010

Led a coalition of college and university presidents in support of the DREAM Act

Read the letter


August 2010 /

ASU nearly doubled the total number of enrolled minority students

Since 2002, the number of enrolled minority students increased from 11,487 to 21,060.

January 2009 / University Design

Completed the third phase of a university-wide academic reorganization


March 2009 / University Design

Announced budget and efficiency actions following state budget cuts


April 2009 / Science Policy

Published “The Challenge for the Obama Administration Science Team” in Issues in Science and Technology


May 2009 /

Hosted U.S. President Barack Obama at University Commencement and announced the Barack Obama Scholars Program

President Barack Obama Scholars

President Obama: Arizona State Commencement


August 2009 / University Design

Launched ASU Online to provide broad access to high-quality higher education


November 2009 /

Named to the TIME list of "10 Best College Presidents"


December 2009 / Sustainability

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)

March 2008 / Knowledge Economy

Opened the SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center


April 2008 / Sustainability

Presented the National Academy of Sciences Arthur Sackler Lecture, Opportunities and Limits in the Creation of Useful Knowledge for Sustainable Development


August 2008 / University Design

Completed the second phase of a university-wide academic reorganization


December 2008 / Philanthropy

Donated salary bonus to need-based financial aid fund

ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, SkySong, launched in 2008.

January 2007 / Science Policy

Published "None Dare Call It Hubris: The Limits of Knowledge" in Issues in Science and Technology


April 2007 / University Design

Profiled in Nature and ASU is hailed as “The university of the future”

 

March 2006 / University Design

ASU Downtown Phoenix campus secured bond election funding


May 2006 /

Began collaborations with Dublin City University


October 2006 /

Named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration


October 2006 / Sustainability

Became a founding signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment


October 2006 / Sustainability

Founded the nation’s first School of Sustainability


December 2006 / University Design

Completed the first phase of a comprehensive academic reorganization

Classes began at ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus in August 2006

January 2005 / Science Policy

Conceptualized the Decision Theater at ASU


May 2005 / University Design

Announced ASU's Comprehensive Development Plan for a New American University

April 2004 / University Design

Announced ASU's expansion as "One University in Many Places"


July 2004 / Sustainability

Launched the Global Institute for Sustainability at ASU

ASU's Global Institute for Sustainability launched in July 2004.

March 2003 / University Design

Began collaboration with the City of Phoenix to establish the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus


June 2003 / University Design

Secured passage of $500M Research Infrastructure I legislation

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June 2003 / Science Policy

Relocated the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes from Columbia University to ASU


June 2003 / Philanthropy

Secured the largest single-donor gift in ASU history

March 2002

The Arizona Board of Regents named the sixteenth president of Arizona State University


July 2002 /

Took office as the 16th president of Arizona State University


November 2002 / University Design

Delivered inaugural remarks titled "The New American University: A New Gold Standard"


December 2002 / Partnerships

Initiated partnership with Mayo Clinic in Arizona