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ERIC Number: EJ988991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-19
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Change Takes Root in the Desert
Blumenstyk, Goldie
Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov 2012
The author reports on how Arizona State University (ASU) pursues transformation on a grand scale while embracing inclusiveness. Michael Crow, Arizona State University's president and idea man, is pushing the institution to innovate and still fulfill its mission to be inclusive. By itself, Arizona State University's transformation over the past decade into the nation's biggest public university would not be all that significant. Yet by the measures on which it prides itself--its 9-percentage-point increase in freshman-to-sophomore retention rates, its 48-percent increase in bachelor's graduates in STEM fields, its tripling of spending on research, its top-5 rank as a producer of Fulbright students, its above-average increase in the proportion of Pell Grant recipients enrolled, and even its increasing efficiency in spending per degree awarded--it is clear that the size of this university has been key. ASU's size helped make those achievements possible, and it makes them all the more significant.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Pell Grant Program