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CMU trustees to vote on updated strategic plan this week

Operating budget, tuition rates also on agenda

Contact: Heather Smith


​The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider an update to CMU's strategic plan, along with the approval of several other key items, when it meets in formal session at 9 a.m. Thursday.

A team — led by co-chairs Provost Michael Gealt and Academic Senate Chair Melinda Kreth — was charged last August with updating CMU's strategic plan, Advancing Excellence, originally developed in 2012. During the past 10 months, the team used input from faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to determine imperatives, strategies and targets, and metrics by which to measure success.

At its formal session, trustees also will consider approval of:

  • A nearly $485 million 2017-18 operating budget. The proposed budget is a 1.5 percent decrease from the fiscal year that ends June 30;
  • Proposed 2017-18 undergraduate and graduation tuition rates; and
  • A resolution changing the name of the Department of Geography to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. This change is a reflection of the addition of CMU's environmental studies major and related program offerings.

The formal session, as well as the committee meetings on Wednesday listed below, are open to the university community and general public. Public comment will be allowed at Thursday's formal session.

Along with reviewing several items that will be on Thursday's formal agenda, highlights of the committee meetings include:

  • Academic and Student Affairs – 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. — Discussion will focus on academic quality, including accreditation processes and control points, certificates versus degrees, and top majors.
  • Finance and Facilities — 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. — An updated 10-year capital plan will be presented and a proposal to contract for planning, design, construction, equipping and furnishing the new Center for Integrated Health Studies will be discussed. Construction of the $26.4 million project, which will be 75 percent funded by the state, is expected to begin next March and be completed in July 2019.
  • Policy and Bylaws — 4:30 to 5 p.m. – Discussion items include deletion of the Development Board bylaws, revisions to the Board of Trustees bylaws, and enrollment count date policy and traffic ordinance amendments.

The trustees-faculty and trustees-student liaison committees do not meet in June.

All meetings are in the President's Conference Room of the Bovee University Center; public seating is in the adjoining Lake Superior Room.

The agenda for the June meeting is available on the Board of Trustees' website.


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