Feedback and Conversations about Assurance and Federal Compliance Draft Documents

​​​​​​Because CMU values the input and perspective of all members of the University, multiple opportunities are available for providing feedback on the assurance document that we will be sending to the Higher Learning Commission as part of our review process.

There are two documents that will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission for review: Federal Compliance and Assurance Document. The Open Pathway process is different than the process used ten years ago. The Assurance document, formerly called a self-study, is much shorter and all references and appendices are electronic links.

Document download and providing your input

You can download the each of the Assurance Criteria and the Federal Compliance Document in Word and use track changes or send your comments in an email to You may come back to these links and offer feedback or comment as many times as you wish. These links will remain open until the end of the semester.

When reading the drafts, please keep in mind the following:

  • A number of links to documentation or other self-study sections are indicated but may not be live in the draft versions.
  • This version is presented in Word for your ease of use in copying and pasting language you want to comment on; the final version will be a PDF document with internal links and references to external e-resources for the reviewers.
  • The final version of the chapters will likely look different, with improved formatting.
  • Data will be updated continuously.

Assurance Document

Draft documents of each criterion were posted in the fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016. Revisions occurred as input was received. The documents and evidence files have been finalized. Click here to view the final Assurance Documents and evidence files.

  • Criterion 1: Mission
  • Criterion 2: Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct
  • Criterion 3: Teaching & Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support
  • Criterion 4: Teaching & Learning: Evaluation and Improvement
  • Criterion 5: Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness

Federal Compliance Document

The Federal Compliance document describes how CMU meets the federal regulations that allow us to remain in good standing and to receive our Title IV funding for scholarships and financial aid. Draft documents were posted in the fall semester 2015 and spring semester 2016. Revisions occurred as input was received. The document and evidence files have been finalized. Click here to view the Federal Compliance Document and evidence files

​Engagement meetings for discussion

There will be many opportunities for you to discuss the criteria and federal compliance document. The link below is a table of engagement opportunities. Some are with professional organizations, others are with the community, student organizations and academic groups such as the Academic Senate. The table can be downloaded as an excel document and then sorted by date or group. Campus wide discussions will be announced through CMU Today.

The final full version of the self-study will be posted for all to read, after all input is gathered and editing is finalized.

Please direct all questions to Dr. Claudia Douglass, Vice Provost for Academic Effectiveness:, 989-774-3632.

Student opinion survey:​ the HLC conducts an online survey​ of the institution's student body two months prior to the on-site peer review visit. ​The survey is intended to give students an opportunity to participate in the evaluation process, and to help identify questions for the peer reviewers to ask while on site.

Public comment: The public is invited to provide comments on the University to the Higher Learning Commission. Submit comments electronically at Or mail then to:

Third-Party Comment on Central Michigan University The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

Your comments should be received by the HLC no later than March 20, 2016.