To ensure continued academic excellence, accreditation requires periodic institutional reviews. The
accreditation process also provides an opportunity to the University to assess our own successes and challenges over time, see how we compare to our peers, and make better decisions when allocating resources. Besides assessing formal educational activities, the HLC evaluates such things as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, student learning, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with internal and external constituencies.
CMU was last accredited in 2006. A self-study occurred in the prior year that resulted in document that addressed the reaccreditation criteria. Following the site visit, the HLC review team completed a final report that recommended full accreditation for 10 years with no citations.
In addition, 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. This chapter is also referred to as the Advancement Section. The Higher Learning Commission’s observations, recommendations, and comments were organized into five topic areas: Transforming the Institutional Cultures, Identifying ‘Niches of Notice's, Identifying Indicators of Distinctions, Leveraging Institutional Investments to Reach Prominences, and Determining Progress Steps. The Special Emphasis Committee was convened to review this document and make recommendations. Since then CMU developed and approved a new vision, mission and core values. The strategic plan and priorities soon followed. Priorities include both an emphasis on student success through outstanding teaching and excellence in scholarship, the very topic of the 2005 special emphasis. Transforming the institution is an on-going process.
During the fall semester of 2007-2008, CMU was reviewed as part of a self-study designed to support the request for approval to offer online programs. This request was approved as of May 2008.
In 2011, CMU hosted a Higher Learning Commission reviewer at 10 off-campus sites to fulfill federal regulations for campuses with multiple off-site locations. The reviewer visited Atlanta Metro, GA; DeKalb, GA; Fort Meade, MD; Auburn Hills, MI; Flint, MI; Southfield, MI; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ; Fort Hamilton, NY; Alexandria, VA; and Richmond, VA in the course of four separate trips during summer 2011. The reviewer found instructional oversight, academic services, adequacy of assessment of student performance, student services, facilities, and marketing and recruitment information all to meet expectations and approved CMU to offer programs at off-campus sites without further monitoring.