What Should a 21st-Century University Be?

Designing the New American University

ASU graduation

Contemporary American universities receive a great deal of criticism, but much of it is not particularly constructive. What should a 21st-century university look like, and whom should it serve? Arizona State University president Michael M. Crow, who has been wrestling with these questions at ASU and in his previous work at Columbia University, visits Zócalo to discuss what universities are for along with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. In advance of their discussion, below is an excerpt from Crow’s new book, Designing the New American University.

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