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. 4 The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

In celebration of CUMU’s 30th anniversary, the latest issue of Metropolitan Universities journal, 30.4 ‘The Future of Urban and Metropolitan Universities,’ invited past and present presidents and chancellors to share their visions for the future of higher education. As leaders in higher education and past and present members of the CUMU Executive Committee, they provide important perspectives on the future impact of the urban and metropolitan location on institutional mission; the nature, needs and interests of students; and social and economic responsibility. Authors share innovative initiatives and approaches to research and teaching that address these critical issues. 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

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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Metropolitan Universities journal seeks to showcase how urban-identified, faith-based (or with faith-based initiatives) colleges and universities enact their public mission aligned with faith-based initiatives. Faith initiatives will be broadly interpreted and all faith traditions will be considered (including, but not limited to, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu).

Guest Editor: Patrick M. Green, Loyola University Chicago
Assistant Guest Editors: Cynthia Stewart, Loyola University Chicago; Daniel J. Bergen, Marquette University; Chris Nayve, University of San Diego
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2020
Issue Publication: November 2020 (expected)

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