Two organizations committed to higher education and community
stewardship signed a formal partnership agreement today at the Annual
Meeting of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities
(AASCU) in Charleston, S.C.
AASCU and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
agreed to support each other’s mission through collaborative efforts
that address overlapping interests. This includes support for public
policy initiatives pertaining to K-12 and postsecondary educational
partnerships, teacher preparation programs, teacher recruitment
strategies, workforce development, economic development, and urban
revitalization and development.
Other areas of mutual interest include leadership development, organizational endorsement and conferences and meetings.
“AASCU is pleased to enter into a formal partnership with the
Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. While our
organizations have worked together for many years, formalizing this
partnership with this document solidifies our work moving forward,” said
Muriel Howard, president of AASCU.
CUMU is an international affiliate organization of
universities in large metropolitan areas that share a common
understanding of their institutional missions and values.
“CUMU and AASCU have worked together for 20 years to support public
policy issues, regional stewardship and community engagement
initiatives, and the sharing of best practices. The signing of this
partnership agreement is the next step to provide broader and deeper
opportunities for collaboration,” said John Christensen, president of
CUMU and chancellor of the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
AASCU is the leadership association of 420 public
colleges and universities Delivering America’s Promise through their
common commitments to access, affordability and educational
opportunity. Enrolling more than 3 million students, these institutions
fulfill the expectations of a public university by working for the
public good through education, stewardship and engagement, thereby
improving the lives of people in their community, their region and their