Arizona State University Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions


The ASU Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions is made up of four schools and more than 20 research centers—all with a shared goal of advancing research and discovery of public value, and furthering the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities that they serve. Their degree programs cover the spectrum of public service, including public policy, social work, criminology and criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, emergency management, community development and more. They are preparing a workforce to take on complex issues. At the same time, their students are making a difference today. Through service-based learning, they put ideas into action.

The Watts College Public Service Academy answers our nation’s call for a new type of leader, a character-driven leader armed with the courage to cross sectors, connect networks and ignite action for the greater good. They envision Public Service Academies at public universities around the country that develop military and civilian national service leaders, side by side, armed with the skills, networks and experiences to take on our most complex challenges.

The Center for Urban Innovation serves as ASU’s focal point for research on urban affairs and is part of the College and School. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions by promoting innovation in governance, policy, and management. The Center undertakes basic and applied research published in books, journal articles, research reports, and public testimony. We provide training and development activities for local government officials. While the Center has a special interest in Arizona and the Phoenix region, its research and outreach has global impact through innovative education and training, critical research and community involvement in cities around the world.