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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Just do it. That was Arizona State University President Michael Crow’s message to 13 university presidents from around the world who are seeking to put their education online. “The moment is here,” Crow said. “The technology is viable. The partners are here. The outcomes are measurable. It’s time to plug one’s nose and jump into the water. The only way to do this stuff is to do it. If you sit around in the normal academic world and discuss it, it will take years.” Crow’s interview was part of...
An advanced technology lab has moved its headquarters to the Innovation Zone at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa. MECHnano, a manufacturer of advanced chemistry and materials that improve the performance of 3D-printing ingredients, is the first company to move to the district, one of seven ASU Innovation Zones across the Valley. MECHnano CEO Steve Lowder said the move was locked in by the opportunity to work closely with students and the university. “When I saw the plans...
When Joanna Grabski took over as director of the School of Art at Arizona State University, she increased enrollment 20%, rebranded it as a globally oriented school for the 21st century, established several interdisciplinary and cross-program collaborations, increased access to the arts for an expanded community of learners, and designed new programs and initiatives to leverage ASU’s No. 1 ranking in innovation as well as its commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Now Grabski...