About Arizona State University

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‚Äôs socioeconomic diversity
  • Improve freshmen persistence to 90%
  • Enhance university graduation rate to 75%-80% and 25,000 graduates
  • Enhance quality while reducing the cost of a degree
  • Enroll 100,000 online and distance education degree seeking students
  • Enhance linkages with community colleges so as to expand baccalaureate degree production to national leadership levels
  • Enhance measured student development and individual student learning to national leadership levels

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 5-10% for each college)
  • 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 global center for interdisciplinary research, discovery and development by 2020

  • Become a leading global center for interdisciplinary scholarship discovery and development
  • Become a leading American center for discovery and scholarship in the social sciences, arts and humanities
  • Enhance research competitiveness to more than $700 million in annual research expenditures
  • Augment regional economic competitiveness through research and discovery and value-added programs

Enhance our local impact and social embeddedness

  • Provide Arizona with an interactive network of teaching, learning and discovery resources that reflects the scope of ASU's comprehensive knowledge enterprise
  • Develop solutions to real-life challenges (Ex. Reducing the Urban Heat Island Index and improving long-term air quality in metropolitan Phoenix)
  • Increase the number of qualified K-12 teachers by 25% and develop a tool for teachers and administrators to evaluate educational performance and outcomes
  • 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