ASU Charter and Goals

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ASU Charter

ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include 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


Demonstrate leadership in academic excellence and accessibility

  • 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
  • Improve freshmen persistence to greater than 90%
  • Enhance university graduation rate to 80% and more than 32,000 graduates 
  • Enhance quality while reducing the cost of a degree
  • Enroll 100,000 online and distance education degree seeking students
  • Enhance measured student development and individual student learning to national leadership levels
  • Enhance linkages to the university at all levels for all learners



Establish national standing in academic quality and impact of colleges and schools in every field

  • Attain national standing in academic quality for each college and school (top 5%)
  • Attain national standing in the learning value added to our graduates in each college and school
  • Become the leading university academically (faculty, discovery, research, creativity) in at least one department or school within each college/school



Establish ASU as a leading global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2025

  • 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 $815 million in annual research expenditures
  • Transform regional economic competitiveness through research and discovery, and value-added programs
  • Become a leading American center for innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels



Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

  • Strengthen Arizona's interactive network of teaching, learning and discovery resources that reflects the scope of ASU's comprehensive knowledge enterprise
  • Co-develop solutions to the critical social, technical, cultural and environmental issues facing 21st century Arizona
  • Meet the needs of 21st century learners by empowering families in the education of their children, increasing student success through personalized learning pathways, and promoting a college-going culture in Arizona's K-12 schools
  • Establish, with Mayo Clinic, innovative health solutions pathways capable of educating 200 million people about health care, engaging 20 million people in online health care delivery, and enhancing treatment for 2 million patients