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ASU Charter, mission and goals

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 mission & goals


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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 diversity 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.
  • Continuously enhance quality while maintaining affordability.
  • Overcome geographic and financial barriers to education by enrolling 140,000 degree-seeking students.
  • Continuously increase measured student development and learning outcomes.
  • Engage learners of all socioeconomic, geographic and demographic backgrounds. 



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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.



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Establish ASU as the leading global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2027

  • 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 and entrepreneurship.



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Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

  • Leverage ASU's comprehensive knowledge 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 learners through personalized learning pathways that promote adaptability to emergent social and technological changes.