Our Mission and Vision
The College of Public Programs was established in 1979 to bring together academic disciplines that have a focus on the community and a concern for relevance in education. Through teaching, research, creative activity, and public service, the faculty and students in the College attend to the ongoing dynamics of society and new economies. Civic responsibility, responsible democracy, and community identity are themes that hold us together and provide a vision for the future.
The College of Public Programs advances governance, community building and civic engagement to improve society through theoretical and applied research and instruction.
ASU will become the model metropolitan university for the 21st century. The College of Public Programs will provide local and national leadership in defining and carrying out the public mission of this exemplary metropolitan university. Programs within the College will gain national distinction for their scholarly activities including the integration of academic and applied dimensions. Through outreach and by offering rigorous, relevant, and interesting educational programs, the College will contribute to the statewide higher educational system by raising the educational level of Arizona residents. The Colleges research and public-service efforts will contribute significantly to the state of Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area being model communities of the 21st century, characterized by: