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College of Public Programs Schools at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus

Our College is unique in the nation, with a combination of public affairs, social work, criminology and criminal justice, and community resources and development. Because of this, we analyze problems from every vantage point—societal trends, state policies, organizational effectiveness, and individual characteristics—as well as their interactions. Faculty and students in the Schools and Centers are engaged in use-inspired research about the most urgent social issues of our city, region, nation and world. In this portion of the website you will be able to access examples of current projects and research.



Advancing the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of local and global communities.
The ASU School of Community Resources & Development advances the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our local and global communities through instruction, research and service.

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A New Force for Discovery, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice combines a dynamic faculty, action oriented research and excellent instruction. Students are challenged by full time faculty and criminal justice professionals who combine the best of theory and practice in an exciting curriculum. The faculty is recognized for its contributions to policy and practice at every level.

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...advancing urban governance in a global context - Thriving Communities - Balancing a growing economy with quality of life.
In support of this mission, we are committed to enabling students to analyze public problems, communicate, collaborate, make decisions, and manage public institutions effectively, ethically, and democratically; teaching and providing continuing education at times and locations appropriate for working students and practitioners; identifying emerging public issues, applying research to public programs, disseminating information, and proposing solutions to public problems; assisting public, private, and nonprofit organizations; facilitating community discourse on public issues; contributing to public affairs scholarship; and fostering the next generation of public affairs scholars.

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Leaders in promoting social justice and enhancing quality of life through innovative education, research and service.
The School of Social Work prepares social work practitioners committed to social justice and to serving and empowering individuals, families, and communities.  It contributes to the development and dissemination of social work knowledge and skills, and affirms professional values and ethics.

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