But for Crow, the effort is to improve access and then add value. "The more selective that you become," argues Crow, "the less public you become. So our assignment, self-imposed, is tougher. And the assignment is that we will — through innovation, through technology through cultural change, through the right kind of residence halls — perform at the same level as highly-selective public universities at a lower cost. And that is what we live for."
What also stands out in Crow's approach is his embrace of the student as a total person. "The total person is a person that has to advance intellectually, spiritually, and physically. If you pretend that you can advance the person with only one or two of those — intellectual only — or intellectual and physical only — and not the spiritual — then they are leaving out a big part of many people's developmental process."
Consequently, ASU under Crow has, in his words, "asked faith-based groups to advance in and on and around the campus in every way that they can, faith-oriented educational and spiritual development activities for students that are a part of their faith. Often it's kept as a separate or isolated type of thing and for us we're trying to be as warm and as welcoming and engaging as possible."
Scalable, cost-effective, results-oriented higher education that serves the total person; sounds like a model Utah could emulate.
Paul Edwards is editor of the Deseret News editorial page. E-mail: email@example.com.
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