Mesa's Education Strategy Paying Off

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It was a perfect fit.

A sprawling Southwestern city that came of age too late to benefit from earlier generations of college-building in America was looking to fill the gap.

A Midwestern college founded before the Civil War was looking for somewhere to grow.

Mesa, meet Westminster College.

The 1,100-student school from Fulton, Mo., has become the second to commit to a downtown Mesa campus as a result of what may at first have seemed a quixotic and perhaps unprecedented quest to retrofit itself with higher education.

It wasn't until Arizona State University East, now known as ASU's Polytechnic campus, began operating in the mid-90s that Mesa had even one four-year, degree-granting institution.

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