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.

ASU charter

Mission and goals

Demonstrate 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, with undifferentiated outcomes for success.

Improve first-year persistence to greater than 90 percent.

Enhance university graduation rate to greater than 85 percent and more than 32,000 graduates.

Enhance quality while reducing the cost of a degree.

Enroll 125,000 online and distance-education degree-seeking students.

Enhance measured student development and individual student learning to national leadership levels.

Engage all learners on all levels.

Establish ASU as a leading global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2026

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.

Transform regional economic competitiveness through research and discovery, and value-added programs.


Become a leading American center for innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels.

Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

Strengthen Arizona's interactive network of teaching, learning and discovery resources to reflect the scope of ASU's comprehensive knowledge enterprise.


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 learners through the universal learner initiative by increasing individual success through personalized learning pathways, and promoting adaptability to all accelerated social-technical changes.

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

Attain national standing in academic quality for each college and school (top 5 percent).

Attain national standing in the learning value added to our graduates in each college and school.

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

A New American University

A New

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.

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Eight 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.

Enable Student Success

ASU is committed to the success of each unique student.

Transform Society

ASU catalyzes social change by being connected to social needs.

Fuse Intellectual Disciplines

ASU creates knowledge by transcending academic disciplines

Value Entrepreneurship

ASU uses its knowledge and encourages innovation.

Be Socially Embedded

ASU connects with communities through mutually beneficial partnerships.

Conduct Use-Inspired Research

ASU research has purpose and impact.

Engage Globally

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

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