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History and Accreditation

​About CMU

Welcome to Central Michigan University, a nurturing institution that fosters the transformative power of advanced learning. From our roots as a teachers’ college, CMU has grown to offer nationally acclaimed programs in areas ranging from the health professions and engineering to business and communications.

Our student and faculty researchers help preserve the earth’s resources, discover new​ ways to treat diseases, advance innovative ways to improve teaching and learning methods, and much more. Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is among the nation’s 100 largest public universities with more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at 40 locations across North America. CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels.

In addition, CMU has established the nation’s 137th College of Medicine to address a growing shortage of primary care physicians in Michigan. The inaugural class of 64 students began its studies in August 2013.

In 1971, CMU became one of the first universities in the nation to offer off-campus programs to working adults who due to work and family obligations are unable to attend our main campus. Our Global Campus has grown from degree programs offered at a few military bases to our 20 plus centers from the Atlantic coast to Hawaii. Our portfolio of online degrees and courses has expanded and grown along with the technology to make it possible for CMU to reach even more students here and around the globe.

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Central Michigan University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation ensures that a school teaches students at a national acceptable level. There are six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the National Education Association (NEA), the agency that determines the legitimacy​ of accrediting boards. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized accrediting body for our region.

AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is a global, non-profit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Establishes in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools. Central Michigan University’s Master of Business Administration degree is accredited by AACSB.

NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership organization of graduate education programs in public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public and nonprofit management. Central Michigan University’s Master of Public Administration degree is accredited by NASPAA.

The Professional Education Unit (PEU) at Central Michigan University has earned national accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) until Fall 2023 by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.


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