I think there are a lot of interesting things in there, but one thought caught my attention. Crow talks about research as exploration, and the university as a place "dedicated not to publications or patents or profits but directly to the idea of radical thinking, radical problem solving, and driving radical levels of positive impact."
This reminded me of my post on wanting 'publish or perish' to go away. I think this is one of the biggest reasons I felt (and still feel) that way, though I'm not sure if I articulated it sufficiently. What Crow is trying to turn ASU into excites me.