ISU joins Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

April 6 2007

Indiana State University has become a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, an organization whose participating institutions share the mission of striving for national excellence while contributing to the economic development, social health and cultural vitality of the urban or metropolitan centers they serve.

“We are excited to have Indiana State University as a new CUMU member. ISU's commitment to community engagement, institutional collaboration, and academic partnerships is representative of the impact metropolitan and urban universities have on the communities we serve," said coalition President Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University.

“CUMU institutions are known for giving their students practical, real-life experiences as part of their education and for lending expertise to help solve community problems while practicing and teaching good citizenship. They also build active partnerships to help achieve these goals and produce an educated, engaged, citizenry. This is what we do at Indiana State. We have much to contribute in this arena,” said ISU President Lloyd W. Benjamin III.

Coalition members, such as Indiana State, are characterized by significant applied research and service activities, as evidenced by ISU’s inclusion in a new classification of colleges by the Carnegie Foundation for the Excellence of Teaching. Indiana State is one of only two institutions in Indiana and 62 nationwide named to Carnegie’s new Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships category.

The coalition has more than 80 member institutions in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Australia. Via occasional national meetings and the publication of a journal, Metropolitan Universities, CUMU provides a unique venue for exploring the characteristics and experiences of urban and metropolitan universities.

Contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or

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Indiana State University has joined the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. The coalition's nearly 80 member institutions share the vision of striving for national excellence while contributing to the economic development, social health and cultural viatality of their regions.

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