Mission & Vision
The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a president‐led network of 34 public urban research universities working to drive transformational change throughout their institutions and the communities they serve. USU’s work centers on two reinforcing pillars: initiatives working to advance student success through innovation and initiatives aiming to achieve community transformation through partnerships. By collaborating across universities with shared challenges and functions, USU institutions can pilot, refine, and share the most effective practices to accelerate innovation across higher education.
- For our students: “This is where I belong.”
Urban universities put me first; it reflects the diversity of my city, levels the playing field so that everyone thrives, and its purposeful engagement in the city prepares me for the changing worlds of career and community life.
- For our communities: “We are better together.”
Urban universities are anchor institutions, ours is a mutually beneficial relationship whereby students and faculty are deeply engaged with my community as we work together to create more vibrant, sustainable, prosperous, equitable and civic places.
- For employers: “We are partners for prosperity.”
Urban universities are a source of talent, leadership and innovation; together we fuel the future of our city and region.
- For our world: “We are creating the future.”
Urban universities are the next generation of great universities, with unique and central roles in our rapidly urbanizing world. They are models of inclusion and academic excellence, nimble and responsive with world-class research and scholarship to address the challenges of our cities and societies and shape the future of our shared human community.