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Strategic Planning

Participate in the development of CMU's next multiyear strategic plan

Central Michigan University’s current strategic plan, Advancing Excellence, expires at the end of 2022. We are undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a new plan to guide our university forward.

The CMU Board of Trustees recently charged a Strategic Planning Executive Committee to create structures and processes to gather broad-based input from the university community and the wider community. The input-gathering will take place throughout the spring semester.

The new strategic plan will build upon the work already underway and/or completed in the strategic envisioning process, and will clearly differentiate CMU in meaningful ways from other institutions across Michigan. The final plan will outline a clear path to guide CMU forward using SMART goals as we navigate the changing landscape of higher education. We are eager for your participation throughout the process. 

Committee structure and membership

The  Central Michigan University Board of Trustees has a leadership role in the strategic planning process and has ultimate decision-making authority over the university's mission and vision statements and the overall strategic plan. Members of the greater university community also have an important role to play in developing and formulating the mission and vision, as well as the plan itself.

Strategic planning structures graphic with squares in maroon, light blue and gold explaining the organization flow.

CMU has adopted a multifaceted structure to engage stakeholders in this process. The links below navigate to descriptions of each of the groups that will play significant roles in the planning process. Please visit each page to view an overview of each group's responsibilities and membership. 

Stakeholder engagement opportunities

The involvement of CMU's many stakeholder groups in the strategic planning process is vital to the success of the plan. The Strategic Planning Team will host numerous stakeholder engagement sessions in early Spring 2023. This will include focused sessions with targeted stakeholder groups as well as general sessions open to any member of the university community.

Open campus engagement sessions


  • Friday, Feb. 10  at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in French Auditorium (EHS Building)


  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium


  • Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Biosciences Room 1010
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium

Students, faculty and staff

Face-to-face sessions

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Bovee University Center Auditorium
  • Friday, March 17 at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. in French Auditorium (EHS Building)

Virtual sessions

Focused engagement sessions

  • Student Government Association
  • Board of Trustees
  • President's Cabinet
  • Provost's Advisory Council
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Divisional leaders
  • Senate Executive Board
  • Academic Senate
  • Academic Colleges
  • Budget Priorities Committee
  • Council of Chairs
  • Innovation and Online unit
  • Alumni, major donors, former Trustees, members of Alumni and Advancement boards
  • Local and state government partners
  • Local and state business and civic leaders
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council
  • Greater Mount Pleasant community, which may include representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, economic development committees, business owners and landlords.

Provide feedback online

University community members may provide input using online forms. Each form relates to a different aspect of the strategic planning process: mission, vision and priorities. We invite you to provide your thoughts about each using the buttons below:

Anticipated timeline

The Strategic Planning Team will host campus engagement sessions throughout spring 2023. The SPT aims to present a draft plan to the Board of Trustees sometime in summer or early fall 2023.