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ASU president pushes new vision for ASU West Campus

A new vision of the future of the Arizona State University West Campus is being unveiled.

After the ASU West Campus dropped all masters programs in February, students and teachers scattered.

The restructuring sent 15 West Campus professors, along with potentially millions of grant dollars, to other campuses.

But now, ASU President Michael Crow is laying out a new vision for the campus.

The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences will be the second of the university’s “core” colleges, with English, history, political science, chemistry, psychology and liberal-arts courses.

The school hopes to increase enrollment from about 3,000 students to 10,000.

Also, the College of Teacher Education and Learning, parts of which appeared to be leaving the West Campus, now will be headquartered there.

And ASU plans a W.P. Carey School of Business master of business administration on the West Campus as soon as fall 2010.

Two bachelor of science degrees – in management and accounting – will be offered to replace the dissolved School of Global Management and Leadership.

The school’s administrative goal is to increase the West Campus’ student enrollment from about 9,500 to 15,000 students by 2020.

Crow said he envisions “access, excellence and impact” will be as strong at the West Campus as it is at the main Tempe campus.

“We’ve been working for several years to make sure we build what we call one university in many places, as opposed to a branched and tiered campus structure,” Crow said.

“We want it to have its own identity, but not as a branch. We do not want those schools to have a second-tier or second-rate classification . . .”

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