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ASU Charter

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Mission and goals


Demonstrate leadership in enabling academic excellence and accessibility at scale

Maintain the fundamental principle of accessibility to all students qualified to study at a research university.

Maintain university accessibility to match Arizona's socioeconomic spectrum with undifferentiated outcomes for success.

Ensure that more than 90 percent of students continue studies beyond their first year.

Enhance university graduation rate to greater than 85 percent and more than 40,000 graduates annually.

Continuously enhance quality while maintaining affordability.

Overcome geographic and financial barriers to education by enrolling 150,000 degree-seeking students.

Continuously increase measured student development and learning outcomes. 

Engage learners of all socioeconomic, geographic and demographic backgrounds.

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

Advance and maintain national standing in academic quality for each college and school.

Attain national standing in the learning and post-graduation outcomes for students in all colleges and schools.

Become the leading university academically (faculty, discovery, research, creativity) in at least one department or school within each college and school.

Expand ASU's role as the leading global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2029

Launch the prototype medical center for the planet.

Become the leading American center for discovery and scholarship in the integrated social sciences, and comprehensive arts and sciences.

Enhance research competitiveness to more than $1 billion in annual research expenditures.

Drive regional economic competitiveness through research, discovery and socioeconomically integrated programs.

Serve as a leading American center for innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

Create the leading American center for education and learning technology.

Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

Leverage ASU as a public enterprise to strengthen Arizona's interactive network of teaching, learning and discovery resources.

Co-develop solutions to the critical social, technical, cultural and environmental issues facing 21st-century Arizona, ensuring sustainability and resilience.

Meet the needs of 21st-century Universal Learners through personalized learning pathways that promote adaptability to emergent social and technological changes.

Design and launch ASU Health as a comprehensive cluster of teaching, learning and discovery health systems for the enhancement of social-scale health outcomes

Design and launch the Health Observatory at ASU.

Design and launch the School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering.

Design and launch a school to advance the future of public health technology.

Triple current nursing production and increase our nursing research ten-fold.

A New American University


A New American University

Arizona State University exemplifies a new prototype for the American public research university.

More than a decade ago, ASU set forth a new and ambitious trajectory to become a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. From that point forward, and founded on a vision for a new "gold standard", all of its energy, creativity and manpower have been brought to bear on the design of a uniquely adaptive and transdisciplinary university committed to producing master learners.

Learn more

Nine design aspirations guide the ongoing evolution of ASU as a New American University. These institutional objectives are integrated in innovative ways throughout the university to achieve excellence, access and impact.


Leverage Our Place

ASU embraces its culture, socioeconomic and physical setting.


Transform Society

ASU catalyzes social change by being connected to social needs.


Value Entrepreneurship

ASU uses its knowledge and encourages innovation.


Conduct Use-Inspired Research

ASU research has purpose and impact.


Enable Student Success

ASU is committed to the success of each unique student.




Fuse Intellectual Disciplines

ASU creates knowledge by transcending academic disciplines.


Be Socially Embedded

ASU connects with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.

Engage Globally

ASU engages with people and issues locally, nationally and internationally.


Practice Principled Innovation
ASU places character and values at the center of decisions and actions.


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