Current priorities, initiatives and metrics

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Priority 1
Student Success - Challenge our students to develop the knowledge, skills and values to be successful and contributing global citizens.

Priority 1 Initiatives:

  • 1.1 Educate students in a broad base of liberal studies and mastery of an academic discipline.
  • 1.2 Enrich students’ communication, inquiry, creative and critical-thinking skills.
  • 1.3 Engage students in relevant and responsive academic and co-curricular experiences with a focus on the value of diverse perspectives and personal responsibility.

Priority 1 Metrics:

  • By 2019, the four-year graduation rate of fall cohort first-time, full-time entering students will increase to 25% and the six-year graduation rate will increase to 63%.
  • By 2019, 95% of graduates are employed in their field of choice or are engaged in postgraduate studies.
  • CMU students will demonstrate competence on the Collegiate Learning Assessment that exceeds peer institutions.
  • By 2019, 95% of graduating seniors rate their entire educational experience as good or excellent on the Graduating Student Exit Survey.
  • By 2019, improve the freshmen to sophomore retention rate to 80%.

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Priority 2

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

Priority 2 Initiatives:
  • 2.1 Enhance and improve incentives, infrastructure and support services for research and creative activities.
  • 2.2 Support field-defining areas of research and creative activities across the university.
  • 2.3 Enhance efforts to promote the active involvement of students in research and creative activities.
  • 2.4 Support emerging areas of interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural research and creative activities that build on the university’s strengths.
Priority 2 Metrics:
  • By 2019, Using impact factors in the sciences, social sciences and business, CMU will improve its rank among peer institutions to be in the top 50% of peer institutions.
  • Faculty participation in invited, peer-reviewed/juried performances and exhibitions in national or international venues will increase annually by 5%.
  • By 2019, the percent of faculty engaged in research or creative endeavors will increase to 65%.
  • By 2019, external funding for research and creative endeavors received by CMU will improve to rank in the top 50% among peer institutions.
  • The number of students engaged in regional, national, and international research and creative activities will increase annually by 5%.

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Priority 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.

Priority 3 Initiatives:
  • 3.1 Invest in the recruitment, development and retention of an outstanding, diverse faculty and staff.
  • 3.2 Provide professional support for the ongoing development of faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, leadership, research and cultural competence.
  • 3.3 Support the exchange of diverse viewpoints in order to develop timely and informed university policies, procedures and practices that promote inclusiveness and facilitate shared governance.
Priority 3 Metrics:
  • 90% of the time, we will be successful in hiring the first-choice finalist.
  • Staff agree or strongly agree that CMU is a good place to work.
  • Fixed-term faculty and graduate assistants agree or strongly agree that CMU is a good place to work(source: new faculty survey).
  • CMU will provide professional development opportunities to faculty and staff at least bi-annually.
  • Foster and maintain a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for ALL CMU community members.

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Priority 4

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.

Priority 4 Initiatives:
  • 4.1 Generate opportunities for community involvement through academic experiences, performances, speakers, athletics, civic engagement and volunteering.
  • 4.2 Involve students, faculty and staff with community members to support and sustain healthy environments.
  • 4.3 Foster and enhance relationships with tribal, governmental, business and non-profit entities.
Priority 4 Metrics:
  • The proportion of students who have enrolled in service-learning courses will be 20% within five years.
  • The proportion of graduating seniors who have completed an academic community-oriented co-curricular activity or internship will exceed 50%.
  • The proportion of graduating seniors who are involved with volunteering/community service work as reported on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) will be 80% within five years.
  • Health and wellness is perceived as an integral part of CMU’s culture as reported on the bi-annual Staff Satisfaction Survey.
  • Increase CMU’s economic impact on the local and State economies as measured by an economic impact study conducted every five years.

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Priority 5

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

Priority 5 Initiatives:
  • 5.1 Enhance university financial, technological and physical infrastructure.
  • 5.2 Define and implement a long-term enrollment and retention strategy.
  • 5.3 Increase ongoing investments in strategic environmental and sustainable energy optimization efforts and seek opportunities to share this knowledge and experience.
Priority 5 Metrics:
  • Increase fundraising by 10% annually.
  • Maintain the CMU credit rating (currently Aa3/Moody’s and A+ S&P), relative to our peer institutions.
  • Increase total available research space to meet or exceed peer average as identified in the campus facilities master plan.
  • Reduce energy consumption per square foot by 5% within five years.
  • Implement an enrollment management plan that determines optimum enrollment profile and size to ensure appropriate growth and sustainability.
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​*Historical data and goals restated to include SCH for total university.