Hear from Duke Reiter about ASU's approach to higher education
At the upcoming State of the Schools luncheon on Wednesday, Aug 14, attendees will hear from Wellington “Duke” Reiter, executive director of Arizona State University's University City Exchange and as special adviser to ASU President Michael Crow. In 2002, Arizona State University set out to reinvent its educational model, transforming itself from what Crow described as a “largely undifferentiated regional public university” to an institution committed to academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact. The result was a cross-disciplinary approach heralded as a model for the new American university.
Key to this transformation was Reiter, who came to ASU in 2003 with a background in art, design and sustainable urbanism. One of his first projects was to establish a presence for ASU in downtown Phoenix. Through a partnership approach, ASU created University City Exchange, a campus and organization in Phoenix's urban core that tracks the academic and research assets of ASU and applies them in the city for the greater good.
In this setting, and through its focus on collaboration and creativity, ASU reorganized itself to allow the innovative exchange of ideas between industry and academia. The result? A university that provides more educational opportunities and higher economic development outcomes throughout the state of Arizona. Hear more about the lessons learned from ASU’s transformation during Reiter’s keynote presentation at State of the Schools on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Reiter will cover how ASU sees its obligation to the community, why these views have resulted in ASU's new campuses and facilities in the Phoenix region, the expectations and measurements of ASU's success and how these lessons might apply to Greater Oklahoma City. Tickets are $50 for Chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.