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General Information

  • Respect and civility in the treatment of each other, creating an atmosphere of mutual free exchange and expression of thoughts and ideas, civil discourse and conscientious actions;

  • Shared governance, supporting the principles of communica- tion, consultation and participatory decision-making.


  • Serving the larger community, recognizing an obligation to serve the public interest and to merge theory and practice;

  • Professional responsibility, taking seriously the impact of performance on each other, on the learning community, and upon society.


  • Striving for quality in all that we do, encouraging excellence

in all of our activities. Goals

To achieve its mission and realize its values, Central Michigan University is committed to the following actions:

  • 1.

    Provide a quality, broad undergraduate education to prepare students for a thoughtful life of service to the community and as a base for future academic and professional work and to ensure that CMU students will be knowledgeable and skilled, liberally educated persons.

  • 2.

    Offer in-depth undergraduate programs in which students can begin to master an academic field and practice a pro- fession.

  • 3.

    Offer graduate programs in niche areas of faculty strength that meet regional, state, national and international needs.

  • 4.

    Encourage the practice of values pertaining to professional- ism, character and citizenship, including concern for the wel- fare of humanity, dedication to public service and awareness of the social issues confronting a diverse global society.

  • 5.

    Advance and disseminate knowledge by stimulating and supporting research and creative activities by students, faculty and staff.

  • 6.

    Design and develop innovative and effective learning systems to meet contemporary educational needs.

  • 7.

    Use modern technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research and administrative functions.

  • 8.

    Provide an environment that allows for broad-based commu- nity involvement and participation in democratic civic life.

  • 9.

    Provide support services and a physical environment that foster student success.

  • 10.

    Offer cocurricular activities, including Division 1-A athletics, which enhance intellectual, cultural, social, ethical, physical and emotional development.

  • 11.

    Create and nurture an environment that attracts and retains students, faculty and staff who embody and promote cultural, racial and global diversity.

  • 12.

    Provide educational experiences and programs to enhance mutual trust, respect, understanding and sense of community with people from all backgrounds and cultures and to ensure an international and global perspective.

  • 13.

    Provide service for the public good.

  • 14.

    Attract and manage resources to enable faculty, staff and students to be successful in meeting these goals. In all of its activities, Central Michigan University encourages

the ongoing monitoring of quality and the achievement of excel- lence.

Endorsed by the Academic Senate 4/30/02 Adopted by the Board of Trustees 9/12/02

Institutional Priorities

Central Michigan University has identified a series of strategic and immediate directions, which will focus the university’s energies between 2005 and 2010. These institutional priorities are:

  • Create an environment that supports teaching and learning as the top priority.

  • Provide educational experiences and programs that enhance diversity and global perspectives.

  • Enhance the infrastructure for research and creative activity.

  • Provide service for the public good.

  • Strengthen the institution’s culture of integrity.

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, 3-3-05

The Enduring Philosophy

In its one hundred years as an institution of higher learning, Central Michigan University has supported a liberal arts educa- tion as the common base for all degree programs. In the words of a founder, “Education in its best and truest sense is a much larger thing than any or even all of the so-called practical uses that may be made of it. Accordingly . . . the school shall stand squarely and strongly for the larger idea, that educa- tion is a rightful heritage of the human soul .... Breadth and liberality of scope will always prove the better investment in the long run.”

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