Michael M. Crow, "Designing a University for America's Complex Future"


Michael M. Crow
President, Arizona State University

Jim Kloppenberg, Professor of History and Chair History Department
Cherry Murray, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Dan Schrag, Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Moderated by Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School

America is a nation of between 300 and 400 million people that is still growing and that has needs that are vastly more complex than any of the designs our historical higher education system has the capacity to address. There are intricacy issues, global competitiveness issues, performance issues, fiscal issues, as well as more fundamental issues associated with the types of knowledge we are producing and how we are transferring that knowledge to students in higher learning institutions. With that in mind, and with a very narrow differentiation between U.S. universities, the basic design and structure of a new class of higher education institution will be outlined, and a specific case study of the last eight years at Arizona State University will be detailed. ASU is America's newest, largest and most nimble research university in terms of the speed of its evolution and its impact. This design review and exemplar analysis will be carried out in the context of designing universities for America's complex future.

Michael M. Crow became the 16th president of Arizona State University on July 1, 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation???s leading public metropolitan research universities, one that is directly engaged in eh economic, social, and cultural vitality of its region. Prior to joining ASU, he was executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he also was professor of science and technology policy at the School of International and Public Affairs. A fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the author of books and articles relating to the analysis of research organization, technology transfer, science and technology policy, and the practice and theory of public policy.

Organized by the Program on Science, Technology, and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, and co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Design, and the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

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