University Goals

On May 24, 2010, the CMU Board of Trustees and President George E. Ross formally adopted goals for the 2010-2011 academic year. Six areas of focus were identified including strategic planning; student success; diversity and global engagement; scholarship, research and creative activity; partnership and public engagement; and resources, infrastructure and culture.

Goal 1: Strategic Direction for Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU) is a distinguished university, with an uncompromising commitment to providing a preeminent student-centered learning experience to its students and to actively participating in the communities we are privileged to serve.

  • Engage the Executive Council and the major functional constituency committees/groups in assessing the strategic focus and direction of the university.
  • Assure the review and where necessary the revision of campus mission and core values statements for continued relevance and responsiveness to the university vision statement.
  • Revise and update the CMU strategic plan, to include the implementation of university planning goals and objectives.
  • Develop university-wide metrics/measures to assess progress towards achieving goals and objectives, including a process to incorporate every academic, administrative and support unit in the planning and assessment process.
Goal 1: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Align the university mission, vision, core values and strategic priorities. (January 2011)
  2. Develop an updated five-year strategic plan for Board approval in April, 2011.
  3. Recruit and retain a diverse group of senior leadership team members dedicated to the core values and strategic directions of the university. (ongoing)
  4. Recruit and retain a diverse group of outstanding faculty and staff dedicated to the core values and strategic directions of the university. (ongoing)
  5. Assure the annual evaluation of all senior officers, senior staff, chairs, directors and supervisory personnel, including the alignment of individual professional goals and objectives with the goals and objectives of the university. (June 2011)
  6. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2010)

Goal 2: Student Success

The success of our students is dependent upon creating an environment that raises expectations of students, faculty and staff, both inside and outside of the classroom. We must provide superior learning experiences for students, built on strong academic programs and strong co-curricular activities that prepare our students for meaningful careers and professions, lifelong learning and civic responsibility within our global society.

  • Recruit, retain and graduate academically-qualified students.
  • Promote the persistence to degree completion and professional and career development among undergraduate, graduate and professional school students.
  • Provide students with co-curricular experiences that foster leadership, character development and academic success inside and outside the classroom.
  • Recruit and retain high-quality faculty and staff who will provide outstanding service to all students.
  • Identify and enhance the quality of academic programs, particularly in the areas of focus, strength and in emerging areas of interest.
Goal 2: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Develop an Enrollment Management Plan that will lay out the strategic and procedural direction for the recruitment, retention and graduation of all student groups, undergraduate, graduate, non-traditional, on-campus (Mount Pleasant), and off-campus (ProfEd locations throughout the country). (April 2011)
  2. Restructure Enrollment Management Services Operations to provide for the most effective executive leadership and management structure to leverage an enrollment services organization that includes both on-campus and off- campus operations. (April 2011)
  3. Meet the milestones to continue towards successful accreditation by the LCME for the College of Medicine. (ongoing)
  4. Complete a review of all academic program offerings to assess/determine areas of focus, strength and emerging areas of interest, including identifying opportunities for increased resource reallocations and where warranted the consolidation and/or elimination of programs. (January 2011)
  5. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2010)

Goal 3: Diversity and Global

Foster equitable access and prepare students for productive lives within today’s multi-cultural society and international global community by providing them opportunities to be exposed to and to cultivate an appreciation for perspectives, customs and beliefs different from their own.

  • Enhance policies and practices that provide for the recruitment of and financial and academic access to diverse groups of people.
  • Enhance interactions, communications and shared cultural experiences among university stakeholders to create a climate that fosters collaboration and trust.
  • Enhance student, faculty and staff involvement in initiatives related to global perspectives, experiences and understanding in and outside the classroom.
Goal 3: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Develop a comprehensive student financial aid plan, highlighting both merit and need-based aid, in order to enhance and increase the enrollment of academically qualified students. (January 2011)
  2. Revise, update and implement the CMU Strategic Plan for Advancing Diversity. (December 2010)
  3. Develop and enhance plan to increase quantity and quality of international enrollments. (December 2010)
  4. Increase number of student, faculty and research agreements with international universities by five percent. (June 2011)
  5. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2010)

Goal 4: Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity

Create and disseminate knowledge through theoretical and applied research, creative activities and artistic expression and interdisciplinary collaboration that will contribute to the intellectual, economic, cultural, and social well-being of our state, region and global communities.

  • Develop and enhance the financial and human resources to advance research and creative endeavors, particularly in existing and emerging areas of focus and strength.
  • Recruit and retain highly-qualified faculty and staff in existing and emerging areas of focus and strength.
  • Recruit and retain highly qualified graduate students in existing and emerging areas of focus and strength.
Goal 4: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Hire Associate Provost for Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP). (January 2011)
  2. Enhance resources for the infrastructure for ORSP. (September 2010)
  3. Revise and increase the faculty reward system for faculty engaged in effective externally funded research grants. (September 2010)
  4. Develop and implement an ongoing survey of Michigan needs and outline plans for the development of academic programs, research centers and institutes to meet those needs. (January 2011)
  5. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2011)

Goal 5: Partnership and Public Engagement

Establish, enhance, strengthen and nurture partnerships that provide direct interaction, leadership and resources for the intellectual and economic development of the communities we are privileged to serve and other external constituencies.

  • Provide initiatives for and encouragement of entrepreneurship to support CMU and community needs.
  • Encourage, foster and nurture interdisciplinary collaboration to advance scholarship.
  • Establish, enhance and foster reciprocal relationships with surrounding communities to address mutual needs.
Goal 5: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Reach agreement with the City of Mount Pleasant for integrated roadways and bicycle paths. (November 2010)
  2. Develop P-16 partnership with CMU Charter Schools. (November 2010)
  3. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2010)

Goal 6: Resources, Infrastructure and Culture

Provide the appropriate financial, human and physical resources to achieve the mission of CMU. The university personnel and physical infrastructure should be enhanced to move it towards national prominence. The resources and infrastructure must be built upon a solid foundation of core values that serve as the moral compass for governance and decision-making.

  • Define and uphold standards of academic and professional responsibility and model respect and civility.
  • Promote shared governance and informed participatory decision-making to enhance organizational effectiveness
  • Prioritize and strategically allocate new and existing resources in support of the university’s mission and vision.
  • Enhance and increase university fund-raising, development and alumni activities.
  • Enhance and integrate marketing, communications, advertising and advancement efforts to inform major constituent groups about university programs, success and to enhance the university’s image and reputation.
  • Enhance the campus infrastructure, technology, safety and appearance to support student learning, faculty scholarship and administrative functions.
Goal 6: Action Steps for 2010-2011
  1. Increase fundraising, with particular emphasis on reaching fundraising goals for the College of Medicine, the Events Center, and the College of EHS. (June 2011)
  2. Complete a review of all administrative areas and service centers to assess areas of excellence and strength and to align, restructure university organization and staffing in support of the university’s academic mission, vision, and core values. Allocate resources to enhance areas of need and consolidate/eliminate departments/units where necessary. (January 2011)
  3. Align and integrate the financial planning and budgetary process with the university strategic and operational planning process to ensure effective use of university resources in support of University mission, vision, core values and priorities. (October 2010)
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive university marketing/branding plan to improve the university’s image and reputation nationally. (January 2011)
  5. Establish the appropriate metrics/measurements to monitor progress and successful attainment towards university priorities, goals and objectives. The metrics should be at the university level, with corresponding/supportive metrics at the division, college, department, and unit levels for all academic, administrative and support units. (September 2010)

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