CMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The following organizations have issued their accreditation to appropriate CMU programs: Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC- PA), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Psychological Association (APA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), Council of Academic Ac- creditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), National Recreation and Park Association and the American Association for Leisure and Recreation Council on Accreditation (NRPA/AALR), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the Accreditation Commission for Audiology Education of the American Academy of Audiology, the Accreditation Commission of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT).
The College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This accreditation covers all undergraduate and masters degree programs in business offered by the College. AACSB International is a not-for-profit organization consisting of more than 900 educational organizations and corporations. Headquartered in Tampa, FL., USA, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency and service organization for business schools.
The Professional Education Unit, chaired by the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washing- ton, DC 20036; phone 202-466-7496. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation level programs. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for preparation of teachers and other profes- sional school personnel.
CMU is also on the approved list of the American Association of University Women and maintains national recognition by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accred- its CMU’s Human Growth and Development Pre-School lab.
Individuals who wish to review the accreditation documents should contact the Provost’s Office. Further information regarding specific program accreditation status is located at: http://academi- caffairs.cmich.edu/accreditation/.
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
To assure that Central Michigan University’s programs are strong and that students in them are attaining appropriate levels of knowledge, skills, and understanding, the faculty and staff of Central Michigan University have developed ongoing processes to assess the learning and academic achievement of students in academic programs.
Students at CMU should expect to participate in a wide range of assessment activities designed to provide useful information about the effectiveness of academic programs and the service programs that support them. From time to time during their courses of study, CMU students may be asked to participate in tasks in which they demonstrate the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skill, and understanding, indicate their levels of satisfaction with services provided, and describe their learning experience. Alumni may be asked to communicate their views about programs in the context of their lives and their careers since graduation. Employers also may be asked to indicate what qualities they need and expect in university graduates and how they assess CMU’s programs in preparing students to meet their needs.
Throughout these efforts, the concern is with program quality: CMU faculty and staff need to ensure that students gain the most possible from their years of study at CMU and that programs continue to meet high standards of excellence.
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see www.cmich.edu/aaeo/).
Affirmative action is a set of specific and results-oriented measures taken to bring about equal opportunity. At CMU, the Affirmative Action Office coordinates and monitors the university’s affirmative action/ equal opportunity efforts and programs to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Ex- ecutive Order 11246 and other relevant state and federal statutes.
The office supervises the maintenance of related reports and records, provides and develops related educational programs and materials, offers guidance and advice to all community members on the University’s nondiscrimination and affirmative action policies and procedures, assists departments with recruitment and retention activities, and receives and resolves complaints of discrimination from students, employees and others.
To view the Board of Trustees Nondiscrimination Policy, see http:// www.cmich.edu/Affirmative_Action_Office/Nondiscrimination_Policy. htm.
For more information, contact the Affirmative Action Office, 428 Park Library, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, 989- 774-3253, www.cmich.edu/aaeo.
Student Ombuds Officer
The Student Ombuds Officer works to resolve issues between students and university offices, departments or individuals. Students with concerns that they have not been able to resolve through normal procedures are encouraged to contact the Stu- dent Ombuds Officer in Off-Campus Programs, 800-950-1144, ext. 4456. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
If, in the course of the investigation, the Ombuds Officer deter- mines that a university policy is the source of the problem between the student and the university, the Ombuds Officer may recom- mend changes to the policy. Online: www.cmich.edu/ombuds.