[Source: Terri Shafer, Associate VP, ASU Office of Public Affairs, Tempe] — The Republic article published Wednesday, “Phoenix businesses feel misled by ASU’s enrollment numbers,” is an unfortunate attempt to create controversy where none exists. Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus is one of the fastest-growing, most successful startup operations in the history of higher education. In less than three years, with the city of Phoenix’s help, we have built a thriving community that attracts thousands of new people downtown to live, work and learn.
People quoted in the article accused ASU of not being transparent about the way it reports enrollment. The truth is we have been completely transparent. [Note: To read the full letter to the editor, click here.]