CUMU member institutions represent a diverse range of academic institutions—liberal arts colleges, HBCUs, the Ivy League, regional research institutions. However, each shares a common value—a dedication to serving their communities.
The Urban Advantage
America has long been an urbanized nation. Today, more than two-thirds of America’s population and jobs are based in major metropolitan areas, producing 75 percent of the nation’s output. Our future will be shaped by the success of metropolitan hubs as sources of innovation, creativity, health care, transportation, employment, governance, and education.
Urban and metropolitan areas face unique challenges in serving the multifaceted needs of their communities, but also have advantages that create some of the world’s greatest universities. As anchor institutions, CUMU member institutions are major employers and developers. They stimulate and nurture new economic enterprises, create workforce pipelines, and enrich the cultural life of their cities. Urban university-community engagement enriches metropolitan communities while strengthening the universities’ core commitment to teaching and research.
Founders of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities recognized this “urban advantage” and in the Declaration of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities wrote “our future as knowledge organizations will continue to be forged by sustained, reciprocal engagement with our cities.”