In 2004, CMU requested and received permission from the Higher Learning Commission to pursue the ‘special emphasis’ option in its accreditation self-study.
The topic of the special emphasis, “ making the transition to an institution with increased scholarship and national prominence” was explored in great depth in Chapter 8 of the 2005 self-study.
The Higher Learning Commission observations, recommendations, and comments were organized into five topic areas:
o Transforming the Institutional Culture
o Identifying ‘Niches of Notice’
o Identifying Indicators of Distinction
o Leveraging Institutional Investments to Reach Prominence
o Determining Progress Steps
The Special Emphasis Committee was convened to review and communicate CMU’s progress in this area, develop a report for the Higher Learning Commission, and host their visit in October 2010
Transforming the institution is an on-going process; the monitoring of Special Emphasis progress will therefore be a continuing priority of CMU