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.
ALN members continue to make significant progress to institutionalize the anchor mission on their campuses and are recognized as leaders in transforming the national perception of higher education. Participating CUMU member institutions collaboratively work to identify resources, identify opportunities, work through challenges, and develop new tools for implementing, deepening, and evaluating anchor mission practices.
CUMU member institutions committed to an anchor mission intentionally apply their economic power and human capital in a long-term partnership with their local communities to improve mutual well-being. ALN challenges us to imagine the potential impact if economic assets—hiring, purchasing, and investing power—were better aligned with educational missions to equitably benefit the local economies our universities call home.
Understanding that all communities have different contexts and histories, ALN members explore opportunities for advancing anchor mission strategies grounded in the Anchor Mission Framework that centers community wealth building and explores strategies around our core economic assets of purchasing, hiring, and investment, while gaining an understanding of how to advance racial equity through anchor work.