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ASU leaves lasting impact on community


September 29, 2008

Over the years, Arizona State University has had a dramatic impact on the state.

Entering into its 50th year as a major public university, ASU has served the needs of Arizona and its residents in terms of education, health care, sustainability, urban policy and the economy. Inherently linked to its surrounding communities, ASU has proved to be a pivotal agent in advancing the state’s overall competitiveness.

The university’s critical connection to Arizona can be seen in its urban policy institute that provides residents a platform to address statewide challenges; its health care initiatives that have enormous community outreach; its educational programs that benefit preK-12 students throughout the Valley and the state; its sustainability efforts; and the region’s long-lasting economic growth that has been a result of ASU’s innovative research and commitment to advancing entrepreneurship.

The following stories outline the different ways in which ASU has made an impact on Arizona over the last 50 years. 

Morrison Institute builds bridge between ASU, communities


For more than 20 years, the Morrison Institute has researched public policies that impact greater Phoenix, the state and the nation, providing a bridge between the university and its communities.


The university's environmental research and public outreach efforts have led to a host of benefits for Arizona through the years.

College promotes, provides quality health care in AZ


For 51 years, the ASU College of Nursing & Healthcare Innovation has been the major source of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the state of Arizona.

University serves students of all ages


ASU’s education research and practice-oriented programs are provided through colleges across three of the university’s four campuses.

ASU’s growth drives local, state economy

ASU is a key driver of the local and state economy, accounting for a total of a $3.2 billion dollars annually in economic impact.


The field of urban planning also evolved and changed, not only as a discipline but as an academic enterprise at ASU.