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

The ASU Alumni Association Founders’ Day awards program honors the pioneering spirit of the institution’s founders and celebrates the innovations of alumni, faculty members and supporters of one of the nation’s fastest-growing knowledge enterprises. This year’s event will take place virtually at 5 p.m. MST/PST, Wednesday, March 24. There is no cost to attend the virtual celebration. Covering a wide...
Rising college costs, skyrocketing student debt and increasingly out-of-touch curricula are leading more Americans to question the fairness and value of higher education. What needs to change in order to transform American higher education into a stronger force for equity and innovation? Zócalo Public Square, an Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise, recently brought together leaders in the higher education space...
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the winter 2021 issue of ASU Thrive magazine. When Kyle Ballard finishes his shift as a U.S. Navy linguist at Fort Gordon in Georgia, he goes home to log on to political science courses to move closer to his dream career in global security. Meanwhile, Shauntel Redhouse, a 2017 graduate of Kirtland Central...