Central Michigan University prepares leaders who are able to articulate and demonstrate employer desired competencies, learned from both academic and co-curricular experiences. The skills learned through engagement are defined within five competencies of the CMU Gold Path:


Leadership Development

Leadership development is more than setting a path for others. Leadership development programs support personal growth as you engage others. These programs will give you the skills to act within your own values and beliefs; how to accept personal responsibility; the tools to resolve conflicts between individuals and groups; and how to advocate for inclusive, equitable communities.


Health and Well-being

Health and Well-being programs draw from the eight dimensions of well-being: intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, environmental, financial, occupational and psychological. These programs support your physical and mental well-being while helping you tap into positive emotions and achieve greater satisfaction with life.


Career Readiness

CMU aligns our career readiness programs with competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. These eight skills have been identified by employers as essential to a college graduate’s success in the workplace: critical thinking/problem-solving, oral/written communications, teamwork/collaboration, digital technology, leadership, professionalism/work ethic, career management and global/ intercultural fluency. Many of these skills are demonstrated outside of the classroom in cocurricular and extracurricular activities.


Civic Engagement and Social Justice

Civic Engagement and Social Justice programs inspire students to take action toward creating a fair, just and equitable society. Civic engagement promotes the quality of life in a community through political and/or volunteer service.


Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion programs guide students to expand their perspectives and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. Students will interact with others with respect and inclusiveness.