Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) is the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ quarterly online journal. Founded in 1990, the journal disseminates scholarship on cutting-edge topics impacting urban and metropolitan colleges and universities. It is a peer-reviewed, open access publication—which means that it employs traditional methods of evaluating manuscripts while ensuring that those accepted for publication are freely available to anyone interested in the issues and themes covered. MUJ’s readership includes those working to address issues facing modern universities and the communities they serve. Authors bring diverse institutional and professional perspectives to showcasing applications of theory and best practices to these issues.


If you have questions or would like to suggest prospective journal themes, contact Valerie Holton, Executive Editor, at

Current Issue

Vol. 30 No. 1 Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions

‘Urban and Metropolitan Universities: The Transformative Power of Anchor Institutions’ focuses on the role of urban and metropolitan universities as anchor institutions in their community to address long standing inequities. Anchor institutions are nonprofit or public institutions that are rooted in place. These institutions have a mission to serve and are the largest employers and purchaser of goods and services in many communities. Also, they have other assets and capacities that can be leveraged to support reciprocal community development, including local hiring, procurement, and investment practices. Anchor mission strategies involve the entire university, including the business, community partnership, administrative, research and academic divisions. Explore the journal articles below or read the complete issue.

Upcoming Issues

Guest Editors: Howard Rosing, PhD, DePaul University and Beatriz Gonzalez, PhD, University of La Verne.

Issue Date: May 2019

Metropolitan Universities journal seeks to showcase how urban-identified colleges and universities in Asia are defining and pursuing their social and economic responsibility. This issue reflects the Journal’s commitment to providing an international forum for diverse institutional perspectives on the growing role of community engagement in higher education. We welcome evidence-based manuscripts that examine how higher education in Taiwan and across east Asia is being shaped by dynamic social, economic, political and demographic change that increases attention to university social responsibility. This issue seeks to identify the challenges and effective strategies related to developing and participating in global partnerships, cross-sector and inter-institutional collaboration, and initiatives that are meant to stimulate university intellectual engagement through social and economic development.

Guest Editors: Carol Ma, Ph.D., Singapore University of Social Sciences; Thera Chiu, Taipei Medical University; Lim Tai Wei, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Issue Date: August 2019

Guest Editor: Valerie Holton, Ph.D.

Issue Date: November 2019

Guest Editors: Bridgette Cram, Ph.D. and Elizabeth M. Bejar, Ph.D., Florida International University

Issue Date: February 2020

Guest Editors: TBD

Issue Date: May 2020

Editorial Team

The Metropolitan Universities journal editorial board is made up of leaders in higher education whose areas of academic expertise and research are tied to CUMU’s mission and values. The editorial board assists in the solicitation and review of articles for submission and advise on the journal’s policy and scope. Current members are:

  • Joe Allen, PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Gloria Crisp, EdD, Oregon State University
  • Lina Dostilio, EdD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Azuri Gonzalez, The University of Texas at El Paso
  • Peter T. Englot, Rutgers University–Newark
  • Emily M. Janke, PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Kristin Elise Norris, PhD, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Maryann Villarreal, PhD, California State University, Fullerton