With highest-possible marks in every evaluation area, Central Michigan University has received 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, validating that the university provides a quality education to all students at all locations.
"We are very pleased the HLC has reaffirmed our accreditation until 2025," said Claudia Douglass, vice provost for academic effectiveness and chair of the HLC Reaffirmation Leadership Team. "This is the result of much collaboration among on- and off-campus faculty and staff, professional organizations, community members, student organizations, and the Academic Senate."
The review included all facets of the university, including academics, resources and infrastructure. In total, there are 21 criteria for accreditation. The report also addressed CMU's fulfillment of federal policies required to continue receiving financial aid for students.
"Preparing for the process was a valuable opportunity," said Michael Gealt, executive vice president and provost. "Rarely is the entire CMU community able to reflect upon the progress we have made in the last 10 years and engage in discussion of where we want to go in the future."
The report from the team of site visitors that spent time on campus in April confirmed CMU's ability to meet the HLC's expectations with evidence such as:
- CMU has a student-centered focus in its mission statement and the campus community articulates an authentic interest in the whole student. This goes beyond learning and co- curricular experiences to the well-being and fulfillment of student aspirations in all aspects of life.
- CMU policies, processes and procedures are designed to ensure students have a positive and effective experience, whether they are taking courses on campus, online or at any of CMU's off-campus locations.
- CMU has a strategic priority that values inclusiveness, diversity, shared governance and respect. These principles allow the university to be an active member of a multicultural community that celebrates human diversity.
- Shared governance and communications were woven throughout the report, referencing progress across campus and greater participation in conversations, planning and decisions. "The Shared Governance and Communication Committee has plans to continue to assess effectiveness of communication strategies and delineation of the scope of decision-making authority within the institution's new definition of shared governance. Continued collaboration … demonstrates the potential to maximize inclusivity of the majority of CMU community members."
- CMU has successfully collaborated with communities to provide learning experiences for students that also benefit local residents and economies with education and health care initiatives from local to global.
"The entire campus community was involved in the review process, and we are proud that CMU received the highest marks on all criteria," Gealt said. "We sincerely appreciate the input and guidance from stakeholders across the institution."