The Center for Urban Education:

Normalizing Race Consciousness in Higher Education since 1999

Our Mission 

The Center for Urban Education leads race conscious research and develops tools that help institutions of higher education produce equity for racially minoritized students.

Our Work

The Center for Urban Education (CUE) leads socially conscious research and develops tools for higher education institutions to produce racial/ethnic equity in student outcomes. Racial and ethnic equity in outcomes remains a problem in higher education despite decades of policies and reforms that seek access, opportunity, and success for African American, Latinx, Native American, and other racially minoritized students. Housed at the USC’s Rossier School Education, CUE works with practitioners and policymakers across the country to devise and implement race-conscious, equity-minded, and context-specific solutions that fundamentally reimagine the kind of change that is needed to achieve equity for racially minoritized students.

Since CUE’s founding in 1999, more than 106 two-year and four-year colleges and universities in 14 states have partnered with CUE to use the Equity Scorecard™ and learn about the concept of “equity-mindedness” that is the foundation for institutional responsibility.

Our Impact