The New American University is ASU’s reconceptualization of 21st century higher education

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.

Discover how ASU is redefining the landscape of public higher education

ASU believes that learning is for everyone, which is why it has evolved a student-centric model that supports innovation, agility, change and collaboration to meet the needs of our learners. ASU’s success is measured by how its graduates thrive and their ability to tackle the world's most complex challenges

ASU Charter and Goals

ASU Charter and Goals

Learn about ASU's charter, mission and goals for 2025 and beyond.

The Fifth Wave Books

The Fifth Wave: The Evolution of American Higher Education

A new book by Michael M. Crow and William B. Dabars calling for new higher education models that provide education at scale and accelerate social change.

Designing the New American University

Designing the New American University

The first book by ASU president Michael M. Crow and William B. Dabars about transforming higher education and university design.

ASU charter

ASU Charter Video

ASU established its first ever Charter, a comprehensive document focusing the university's mission on the inclusion and success of all its students, and on a fundamental social responsibility to the communities ASU serves.

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University News

Today's students increasingly demand engaged scholarship — curricula and research opportunities directly relevant to addressing climate change, misinformation, widespread social unrest and other sustainability, environmental and social challenges. But they often find the traditional university model ill-equipped to deliver that worldly engagement. This lack of engagement by academia is a traditional narrative Arizona State University has dramatically upended in serving the nation, state...
The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University has partnered with the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute for American Democracy to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17 and the newly established Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day , which will be observed on Sept. 26 this year. Civics Celebration Day was signed into law in 2020 by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to celebrate a day when a majority of classroom instruction in the state's K–12 public...
For the eighth year in a row, Arizona State University is No. 1 in innovation in the newly released annual Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over the past 20 years , ASU has grown from a regional desert university to a world-renowned public research institution of tremendous societal impact, an accomplishment reflected by its unchallenged designation as the most innovative university — ahead of MIT and Stanford — every year since the inception of the category. “For two...