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 with diverse institutional and professional perspectives present research on the best practices and applications of theory in each issue.


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Current Issue: Vol. 30 No. 3 Engaging Communities in East Asia

Issue 30.3 ‘Engaging Communities in East Asia,’ showcases how urban-identified colleges and universities in East Asia are engaging with their communities through their academic and research missions. This issue highlights efforts in Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines and Taiwan, reflecting the Journal’s commitment to providing an international forum for diverse institutional perspectives on the role of institutions of higher education in the social and economic fabric of their communities. Read the entire issue.

Calls for Papers

Metropolitan Universities journal accepts unsolicited manuscripts for our themed and non-themed issues. Manuscripts must present critical, evidence-based studies on matters relevant to urban and metropolitan universities including programs, policies, initiatives and the application of ideas at an institutional, system or regional level. Estimated time from initial submission to publication: five to six months.

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Thematic Calls

Presenters from the annual conference highlight how the urban mission is being played out on their campuses and in the communities they serve.

Guest Editors: Jennifer Johnson Kebea, Drexel University; Nyeema Watson, Rutgers University–Camden
Submission Deadline: November 18, 2019
Issue Publication: May 2020 (expected)

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Metropolitan Universities journal is casting an investigative and critical eye on the key role that community colleges play and can take in the future of higher education in America.

Guest Editor(s): David Potash, Wilbur Wright College, City Colleges of Chicago
Submission Deadline: January 30, 2020
Issue Publication: August 2020 (expected)

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