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President Crow to host Jan. 22 conversation with community

ASU President Michael M. Crow
December 21, 2012

'2013 and beyond' is theme for look into next decade of New American University

Addressing a forum on science and technology at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010, ASU President Michael M. Crow attributed a nationwide decline in university student success to outmoded teaching models that impede student learning. Crow said university leaders must be “self-reflective architects, figuring out what we have and what we actually need instead of what tradition tells us we have to be.”

Now President Crow is inviting members of the community to contribute to this process as he hosts “2013 and beyond: Where do we go from here?” – the latest in a series of annual public conversations designed to highlight ASU’s progress, trajectory and role in the reform of American higher education.

Part lecture and part Q&A, the program will offer insights into the university’s plans and a unique opportunity to convey ideas and feedback directly to its leadership. The special event is set to take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Jan. 22, in the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. Admission is free, but advance registration is required through the ASU Foundation’s Presidential Engagement Programs office, 480-727-7208, or

Crow says he strongly believes in the importance of communication opportunities that support constructive dialogue.

“Ideas and questions from our community are integral to the ongoing evolution of ASU, from determining its strategic direction to how it can help reconceptualize higher education in America and around the world," he says. "With the first decade of the New American University behind us and a new year ahead, the time is ideal to examine where we have been – as an institution and a state – and how our current environment is shaping our focus and objectives.”

It has been 10 years since Crow introduced his innovative model for a 21st-century institution – the “New American University” – that is defined by inclusivity versus exclusivity and dedicated to excellence, access and impact. Guided by the eight design aspirations of the New American University, ASU is committed to providing a high-quality, highly individualized education that maximizes use-inspired research, leads in global engagement, and works with and for the communities it serves.

With the help of the ASU Foundation’s Presidential Engagement Programs, ASU is able to build on those university/community relationships, imparting new knowledge and receiving creative ideas for moving the university forward.

“2013 and beyond: Where do we go from here?”, sponsored by the ASU Foundation’s Presidential Engagement Programs, is part of a series of premier community outreach events connecting metropolitan Phoenix and communities across the nation to Arizona State University’s visionary scholars and ideas. For other events in the series, visit

Erik Ketcherside,
Communications Manager | Editorial Services
ASU Foundation for A New American University