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University Mission, Vision and Values

Commencement Procession

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees adopted the following statements and values as the cornerstone of the university’s dedication to a quality education for everyone.

Vision statement

Central Michigan University, an inclusive community of scholars, is a national leader in higher education inspiring excellence and innovation.

Mission statement

At Central Michigan University, we are a community committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery and creativity. We provide student-centered education and foster personal and intellectual growth to prepare students for productive careers, meaningful lives and responsible citizenship in a global society.

Core values

To achieve our mission, we adhere to the core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence and innovation.

A steadfast adherence to the principles of honesty, trustworthiness, reliability, transparency and accountability.

Consideration of the rights, opinions and ideas of others in a civil, fair and thoughtful manner.

Empathy, concern and support for the needs and challenges of others.

Conducting the activities of the university in a way that embraces shared governance, inspires tolerance and welcomes diversity into our community.

Fostering citizenship to promote the public good, environmental sustainability, global understanding and informed political engagement.

Expectation that all activities are conducted with attention to quality and the highest levels of academic and professional standards.

Supporting progressive and meaningful research, creative activity, and teaching, addressing challenges and issues from multiple perspectives to solve problems and advance knowledge.