Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Center for Urban Innovation General Operations

Center for Urban Innovation General Operations

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The Center for Urban Innovation is the focal point for research on urban affairs in the School of Public Affairs and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ranked #4 in city management and urban policy by U.S. News & World Report. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions by: 1) promoting innovation in governance, policy and management, 2) engaging in basic and applied research and 3) supporting innovative education and training through critical research and community involvement. The center is part of a unique partnership bringing together ASU with the Alliance for Innovation and the International City/County Management Association.

Impact of Donor Support

  • More learners can pursue higher education. In 2022, 22,000 donors contributed $66.3 million for scholarships.
  • More students succeed. ASU ranks #1 among the state’s public universities for its 86% first-year retention rate thanks in part to donor-funded student success initiatives.
  • And donors helped ASU offer more than 4,500 hours of free tutoring.

Our family believes in giving back and sharing the blessings we have received financially and through our time."

Dave Derminio

’74 BS in business, former ASU golfer who supports student-athletes through the Derminio Family Sun Devil Golf Scholarship

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