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Research

A solutions-oriented approach

Arizona State University is a forerunner in research productivity. More importantly, ASU research is use-inspired, socially embedded, a catalyst for change and innovation, and highly responsive to real-world problems. The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions leads the university in the production of research that has system-wide and largescale impact on a myriad of social, behavioral, economic, and political challenges. Through rigorous applied research, we are developing solutions with the potential to better our response to pressing issues and positively impact our communities locally, nationally and globally.

More often than not, solutions require work that gets out of academic silos. Although our disciplines appear diverse, the commonality is clear in the projects that we take on: social work and criminology share strong links around the cycles of victimization and criminality that must be broken; vibrant urban centers require efficient administration and robust public participation as much as safety and economic vitality.

Watts College features some of the best schools in the nation

 
#2

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Ahead of Pennsylvania State and University at Albany - SUNY

 
#13

School of Public Affairs

Ahead of Ohio State, Texas A&M and Virginia

 
#20

School of Social Work

Ahead of Maryland and Illinois