The Strategic Planning Team reviewed vision statements of more than 20 universities and discussed them. The essential question regarding the drafting of the vision statement is, “How would you envision CMU in the next 5 to 10 years?” A vision statement describes where we are going and what it will look like when we get there. It is an aspirational statement of what is possible; the picture of the future we want to create. Following each engagement meeting, the draft vision statement improved.
Transition to a Vision Statement
Central Michigan University will be recognized as a first-choice institution among students, faculty and staff. We will focus on academic excellence through student-centered learning and the highest quality research and creative work in order to transform lives and enrich communities in Michigan and the world. (Draft 1)
Central Michigan University will advance knowledge, discovery and creativity through student-centered learning with a focus on excellence to transform lives and enrich communities in Michigan and the global society. We will be recognized and acknowledged as a first-choice institution among students and faculty seeking an academic community where diverse ideas, engaged learning and collaborative research support innovation. (Draft 2)
Central Michigan University is a dynamic community of learners dedicated to academic excellence, high quality research, creative and scholarly endeavors that enrich lives and transform our world. We embrace our tradition of excellence in education and challenge ourselves to address the intellectual and cultural needs of ever-evolving state, national and global societies. (Draft 3)
Central Michigan University, an inclusive community of scholars, is a national leader in higher education, inspiring excellence and innovation.