The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities connects leaders and scholars of urban and metropolitan universities to share, discuss, and debate important issues facing our unique institutions and the cities we serve. Our research and programmatic agendas reflect the traits and ambitions of our membership and their communities.

CUMU programming includes the CUMU Annual Conference, the Learning & Sharing Virtual Series, as well as special programs for members and non-members. We continue to publish Metropolitan Universities journal, share news and best practices through publications, convening our research and action networks, and addressing individual member needs.


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CUMU Annual Conference

The CUMU Annual Conference is highly regarded as a vibrant platform to explore and share new ideas. The conference is focused on CUMU member institutions, their community partners, and their work addressing contemporary challenges through dialogue and presentations delivered in a variety of formats that allow for in-depth conversations and actionable next steps. The CUMU Annual Conference is open to both CUMU members and non-members.

Anchor Learning Network

The Anchor Learning Network (ALN) is a learning community designed to facilitate a rapid and effective advancement of the anchor mission. By leveraging a peer learning framework, ALN members systematically transform higher education to fully serve its public mission and advance the long-term social, economic, and physical well-being of our campuses and communities.

CUMU Huddles

CUMU Huddles are informal, member-driven by design, opportunities to facilitate professional relationships across the coalition. CUMU Huddles aim to gather participants from across the CUMU membership, either by topic area or professional role, to cover issues aligned with the urban-engaged mission of CUMU’s member institutions.

In the Now Virtual Series

The In the Now Virtual Series brings together CUMU members to discuss critical, emerging issues and opportunities affecting our communities in a variety of session types. The summer 2022 series focused on Student success and well-being: Developing holistic and collaborative approaches to meet basic needs.

Learning & Sharing Virtual Series

The Learning & Sharing Virtual Series is a CUMU members-only series focused on critical dialogue with practical takeaways that create action. This virtual series brings together CUMU administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community partners over the course of three months to learn from one another and share challenges and successes on a set of discrete issue areas. This virtual series is offered at no-cost to CUMU members and their partners.

President and Chancellor Programming

CUMU offers programming exclusively for presidents and chancellors of CUMU member institutions. These unique opportunities provide an intimate space for presidents and chancellors to learn and converse with leaders in the field about important issues impacting higher education. Sessions strike a balance between hearing from experts and fostering dialogue among presidents and chancellors.

Special Programming

Throughout the year, CUMU brings together thought leaders, CUMU members, and their partners for events that reinforce the importance of the urban mission and the role higher education plays in the communities we serve. Recent programs include: