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Defending inclusive excellence at Arizona public universities

Arizona State University and it’s 12,000 students in downtown Phoenix have added growth and vibrancy of the area. PHOTO BY ANDREW HOWARD/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES

I understand the relationship between inclusivity and excellence quite differently. The ASU charter is anchored by a phrase that many of us in the ASU community can recite by heart: our university measures its excellence “not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes, and how they succeed.” More of us who value our public universities need to stand up to defend the liberatory ideals expressed in this statement.

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ASU’s Omni project is a win-win for the university and economy

An artist’s rendering of the planned 330-room Omni Hotel in Tempe.

A judge will decide whether this lawsuit has merit. But there is a bigger issue at stake. In the end, either the universities will continue to have the liberty to create new streams of revenue and provide business opportunities to the community that lead to positive outcomes, or they will not. In any case the vibrancy of our new age economy for generations to come depends on it.

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