The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) provides the leadership of public urban research universities with a common agenda and the tools to improve urban health, strengthen urban economies, and develop a capable workforce for the 21st century.  Through our collective initiatives: 1) creating a competitive workforce and fostering student achievement 2) building strong communities, and 3) improving the health of a diverse population USU is identifying and expanding innovative models of university-community partnerships across U.S. cities.

Here a few key facts:

Being of the city, USU institutions serve a diverse population of students.

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USU institutions are key stakeholders in the P-16 education pipeline for their greater metro areas. A majority of first-time, first-year students (62%) that enroll in USU institutions come from the local metro areas where our campuses are located. USUs draw 93% of their students from their states.

A majority of graduates from USU institutions continue to live and work in the same greater metro areas where they attended college. Of people who graduated from USU campuses between 1996 and 2006, 64% currently live in the same metro area as their alma mater. They train their urban and regional workforce. For example, collectively, USU members prepare more than 20% of the nation’s future urban educators. Each year approximately 50% of graduates from our teacher preparation programs are placed in schools in the same metro areas where our institutions are located.

USU institutions are leaders in community engagement and outreach. Fourteen of our members were named as 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Twenty-four USU institutions received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classification for community engagement.

USU institutions positively affect urban health by eliminating chronic diseases and health disparities. USU medical schools use  their capacity to produce an urban health workforce, conduct interdisciplinary research, provide clinical resources, and organize community-academic partnerships.





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