National leader in higher ed to present

Michael Crow, renowned educator and 16th president of Arizona State University, will spoke at Georgia State University Jan. 27 as part of the University Speaker Series about his vision of a new strategic model for the American research institution.

The lecture was held at 11 a.m. in Speaker’s Auditorium in The University Student Center at 44 Courtland St. The event is free and open to the public.

The talk, titled “The New American University,” will focus on Crow’s framework for Arizona State, which aims to establish a university that is committed to excellence, access and impact while pursuing research that contributes to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

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The “New American University” model seeks to overcome design flaws inherent in colleges and universities that impede innovation and productive collaboration with other schools, business and industry, and government. This model is designed to drive the promotion of excellence in institutional research and among students, faculty and staff, increasing access to educational resources and productive collaborative partnerships within the community.

“American higher education cannot assume that its competitive position in the world is unassailable,” Crow said. “American universities are going to have to learn how to scale and how to perform multiple missions and multiple functions with greater intensity. Our job is to create the graduate who is capable of learning across all disciplines.”

Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He has been guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public research universities. Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research and creative excellence focused on the major challenges and questions of our time, as well as those central to the building of a sustainable environment and economy for Arizona. He has committed the university to global engagement and to setting a new standard for public service.