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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As a child in the late 1960s, Michael Crow grasped the deep divide between the TV images of men bouncing on the moon and the struggles of the working-class families in his community. “And my brain, even as a middle school and early high school student at that time, clicked and it basically said, ‘There’s something wrong,’” he said. The realization at a young age that everyone needed to benefit from the new and dazzling technology was a driver for Crow. “I was watching ‘Star Trek’ all the time...
Arizona State University will be working with higher education institutions in Mexico, along with industry partners, to boost the production of semiconductors in North America, which has been identified as a crucial national security issue. On Tuesday, ASU President Michael Crow signed a memorandum of understanding with Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S., to seal the partnership. Earlier this year, President Biden signed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, which...
For Shannon Lauritsen, a 33-year-old hair stylist in Nashville, Tennessee, going to college was a lifelong dream. But for her, like others, the traditional high-school-to-college path was challenging. “I struggled to focus and succeed in high school,” Lauritsen says. “I even had a guidance counselor laugh at my desire to apply to college. After high school, I attempted a few semesters in community college, which proved even more challenging for me at the time. It significantly impacted my GPA...