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About CUMU

Over two decades ago, leaders of metropolitan and urban universities realized the unique challenges and opportunities of their types of institutions as they looked to the future of higher education.

In 1990, they created the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in recognition of their shared mission to use the power of their campuses in education, research, and service to enhance the communities in which they are located. Institutions located in metropolitan areas often do not fit the common definition of more traditional colleges and universities.

Members of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities are focused on fully understanding the distinctiveness of their mission through conferences, a journal, research projects, creation of a policy agenda and regular networking opportunities.

Our institutions serve the diverse needs of our local communities and regions and we continue to remain anchors for our greater metropolitan regions.


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