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 Anchor Learning Network, CUMU Huddles, the CUMU Annual Conference, ongoing virtual programming, 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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Anchor Learning Network

The Anchor Learning Network (ALN) is a learning community designed to facilitate effective advancement of the anchor mission. During this nine-month program (February through October), small cohorts of peers from different CUMU member institutions, selected through an application process, engage in a structured set of professional development opportunities for learning, skill-building, and networking in support of their institution’s anchor mission. In addition to the monthly cohort meetings, ALN activities include online activities such as webinars, online workshops, and virtual campus visits as well as two in-person events.

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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.

Ongoing Virtual Programming

Through webinars, workshops, and community conversations, CUMU offers virtual programming year-round for members to focus on critical and emerging topics. Sign up for CUMU communications, including our newsletter “Because Place Matters,” to get information about upcoming events delivered right to your inbox.

CUMU Conference

The CUMU 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. This annual conference is open to CUMU members and non-members.

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.