This fall marks the fifth anniversary of Arizona State University’s official charter, a concise expression of our institutional commitment to access, student success, discovery and social embeddedness. Its words define our objectives, the reasons for every decision and action we undertake and our vision for what a 21st-century public university should be. It covers a lot of ground in just 46 words.
Why does the charter matter? Because it is a steadfast reminder of our significant responsibility to be of meaningful service to our students, our communities and humanity at large. It also conveys the scale of our aspirations and the perseverance and ongoing creativity needed to meet our increasing metrics. It is no small pledge, and one that we must continue to explain and demonstrate to broad audiences.
ASU has made important progress over the years, but disconnects about our excellence, access and impact linger. The charter is not rhetoric, but a pledge to seek, create and employ every available solution to advance the lives we touch – whether on campus, next door or around the world – to thrive and better our world. I invite you to watch the message below, share it with others and join our journey.