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Trustees to vote on academic organizational review changes this week

Tuition, operating budget also on agenda

Contact: Heather Smith

The Central Michigan University Board of Trustees will consider organizational recommendations for several CMU colleges and departments and determine tuition and an operating budget for the coming year when it meets in formal session at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

CMU's first review of academic organizational structure in 20 years began in the fall of 2017. The initiative was led by senior vice provost Ian Davison. Trustees will vote on recommendations made by the committee related to academic structure based on a series of campus forums, online input forms and meetings with constituents throughout the university community. The recommendations already were approved by the colleges and academic departments.

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

  • A nearly $480 million 2018-19 operating budget — a 1 percent decrease from the fiscal year that ends June 30.
  • Proposed tuition and fees.
  • A multiyear electric purchasing contract.
  • Authorization of a connector street easement to the city of Mount Pleasant.

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:

  • Policy and Bylaws — 2 to 2:50 p.m. — Discussion items include contracting authority policy revisions and traffic ordinance amendments approved as part of the 2018-2019 campus map.
  • Academic and Student Affairs – 3 to 3:50 p.m. — Provost Michael Gealt will update trustees on CMU's strategic plan Imperative 2, which is focused on fostering scholarly activity. Steven Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services, also will provide an update on enrollment activities for fall 2018.
  • Finance and Facilities — 4 to 4:50 p.m. — Financial projections for the Chippewa Champions Alumni Center will be presented.

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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