The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs was established at Cleveland State University in 1977, as successor to CSU’s Institute of Urban Studies, which was created in 1969. The College includes The Department of Urban Studies
, the academic home for students interested in leadership roles in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, as well as the home for faculty who generate new knowledge that often helps shape urban policy. We have a strong complement of Research Centers and Outreach and Training Programs
that provide engaged research focused on urban policy and the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and other forms of research.
The Levin College is also home to six growing undergraduate degree programs, two nationally accredited and ranked master’s degree programs in Urban Planning and Public Administration, recognized graduate programs in Urban Studies, Nonprofit Management, and Environmental Studies, and an interdisciplinary doctoral program.
In the years since our beginning, the “Urban College” has gained a national and international reputation for:
- Conducting scholarly research on the development of cities and metropolitan places and the many challenges facing these geographic constructs
- Disseminating knowledge about urban places and facilitating the exchange of ideas to improve economic development and quality of life (our forums and publications)
- Training present and future generations of urban planners, public administrators, nonprofit leaders, and scholars
- Collaborating with neighborhood and civic leaders to address key challenges in Cleveland and the region
- Encouraging applied research that improves public policies and expands opportunity structures for communities and people in the region and beyond
We have achieved this reputation because we pursue the following mission, vision, and values in all that we do:
The Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service through active engagement in improving and creating opportunities for the citizens of the Greater Cleveland region and the state of Ohio.
The Levin College of Urban Affairs strives to be a preeminent regional, national, and global leader in the teaching, research, and practice of urban policy and public management.
The Levin College community—faculty, staff, and students—values creating and transmitting knowledge, intellectual freedom and debate, collaboration, diversity in all of its forms, and civic engagement that strengthens our nation’s democratic ideals. Our focus on mission and the interplay of research and practice makes us unique among our peer group.