DESIGN IMPERATIVE 2:
ASU MUST BECOME A FORCE, AND NOT ONLY A PLACE
Arizona State University must be more than a place—ASU must become
a ubiquitous presence and a driving force—in local neighborhoods,
in the metropolitan region, and statewide. ASU must become an integral
part of the community, and a lifelong presence in the lives of its alumni,
as well as the general citizenry. I take it as an article of faith that
ASU must become a presence in our local schools, but I also expect ASU
to become a force in our government, in our museums, in our cultural institutions,
in our homes, and in our retirement communities.
In an era of increasing specialization, universities can no longer be
places where students spend four years and then leave when they are done.
There was a time when the baccalaureate degree was considered sufficient
education for a lifetime. Today, however, we must focus on the continuing
relevance of the university in the lives of those within its compass.
From Window Rock to Scottsdale to Central Phoenix to Guadalupe to Superior
to Yuma, ASU must maintain a presence and relevance in the lives of all
of Arizona’s diverse communities. Where necessary, ASU should attempt
to improve the quality of life in communities across Arizona. Where appropriate,
ASU will use its resources to assist the diverse communities of metropolitan
Phoenix. Where possible, ASU should find ways to bring our learning environments
to the people of Arizona.