Developing Strategic Priorities

The development of the strategic priorities followed much the same process as the vision statement. The Strategic Planning Team reviewed the strategic plans of many other universities in an effort to explore the variety of strategic priorities. Most universities included student achievement/success, research emphasis, and service to the community both near and far. The draft priority statements given to the Strategic Planning Team by the president were unique in that it put the recruitment, development and retention of high quality faculty and staff in the forefront. In addition, it is common not to identify institutional infrastructure as a priority because it is the foundation for all other priorities. In our case, since strategic priorities are campuswide, infrastructure planning and funding must be included.


Refining Priority 1

Student Success through Academic Excellence – focus on learning, transforming lives and cocurricular student opportunities. (Draft 1)

Student Success – Support and improve student success with a focus on transforming lives, learning, cocurricular opportunities and student development. (Draft 2)

Student Success – Foster the development of the student into a responsible and respectful global citizen. (Draft 3)

Student Success – Challenge our students to develop the knowledge, skills and values to be successful and contributing global citizens.



Refining Priority 2

Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity – focus on integrating scholarship into our teaching and niche areas of research and creative activities. (Draft 1)

Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity – Enhance research and creative activities with a focus on integrating scholarship into our teaching and niche areas. (Draft 2)

Research and Creative Activity – Enhance research and creative activities with a focus on integrating scholarship into our teaching. (Draft 3)

Research and Creative Activity – Promote excellence in research and creative activities.



Refining Priority 3

Foster a vibrant intellectual community of high quality faculty and staff – focus on inclusiveness/diversity, recruiting and retention of the best faculty and staff and reward merit. (Draft 1)

Quality Faculty and Staff – Foster a vibrant, intellectual community of high quality faculty and staff with a focus on inclusiveness/diversity, shared governance, recruitment and retention of the best faculty and staff, and merit recognition. (Draft 2)

Quality Faculty and Staff – Foster a vibrant, innovative, intellectual community of high quality faculty and staff focused on inclusiveness, diversity, shared governance and respect. (Draft 3)

Quality Faculty and Staff – Foster a vibrant, innovative, intellectual community of high quality faculty and staff who value inclusiveness, diversity, shared governance and respect.



Refining Priority 4

Active partners in improving the communities we serve – focus on economic impact, health and wellness, environmental stewardship, and cultural enhancements. (Draft 1)

Community Partnerships – Strengthen active partnerships with the communities we serve with a focus on improving and supporting the region’s economy, cultural attributes, natural environment, and the health and wellness of the local population. (Draft 2)

Community Partnerships – Develop and strengthen mutually beneficial partnerships between CMU and the local, national and global communities we serve with a focus on collaborating to enhance the region’s economy, cultural attributes, natural environment, and the health and wellness of the local population. (Draft 3)

Community Partnerships – Develop and strengthen learning experiences through collaboration with local, national and global partners to enhance cultural awareness, the natural environment, health and wellness, and local economies.



Refining Priority 5

Ensure university resources and infrastructures align with and support mission – focus on financial stability and growth; integrity; and governance that is effective, efficient and flexible. (Draft 1)

Facilities Development – Ensure university resources and infrastructures align with and support the university’s mission with a focus on financial stability, growth and integrity. (Draft 2)

Infrastructure and Stewardship – Manage university resources and infrastructure to ensure that they align with and support the university’s mission and vision. (Draft 3)

Infrastructure Stewardship – Align university resources and infrastructure to support the university’s mission and vision.​

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