Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant, MI)


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  • Organization Name:Central Michigan University
  • Address:412 EHS
    Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
    United States

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  • Main phone:(989) 954-5818

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  • Mission:
  • University Vision Statement

    "Central Michigan University, an inclusive community of scholars, is a national leader in higher education inspiring excellence and innovation."

    -Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 6, 2012

    Mission Statement

    At Central Michigan University, we are a community committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity. We provide student-centered education and foster personal and intellectual growth to prepare students for productive careers, meaningful lives, and responsible citizenship in a global society.

    -Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

    Core Values

    To achieve our mission, we adhere to the core values of integrity, respect, compassion, inclusiveness, social responsibility, excellence and innovation.

    -Adopted by the Board of Trustees, December 2, 2010

  • Overview:
  • Established in 1892, Central Michigan University today has more than 28,000 students and is the fourth largest university in Michigan. CMU is also among the 100 largest public universities in the nation. The university continues to achieve national recognition for academic excellence, research and creative activity, and public service.

  • History:
  • Central Michigan University first opened September 13, 1892, as the Central Michigan Normal School and Business Institute. Classes included teaching, business and stenography. At that time, few of the state’s teachers received formal training in teaching. CMU's founders made teacher training their mission in founding the state’s second normal school. Most students at the time were eighth-grade graduates, attending the “Normal” for a few weeks or months prior to beginning their careers as teachers. Within the first two years, a $10,000 Normal School Building was constructed (currently Warriner Hall, the admissions building).

    Even as early as 1909, alumni were making international impacts, with graduates teaching not just all across the country, but also in Canada, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Islands.

    Throughout this time, Central’s educational offerings also were growing more comprehensive. Students completing two years of schooling beyond high school began receiving their life teaching certificates in 1903. The school’s first psychology clinic was established in 1910, and Central was accredited by the North Central Association for the first time in 1915. In 1918, the Bachelor of Arts degree was first awarded, followed by the Bachelor of Science in 1927. Central’s first graduate courses were offered in 1938.

    In 1949-59, Central’s first master’s degree was accredited by the North Central Association, and the first large student residence halls and married housing units were built.

    In 1959, with an enrollment of 4,500 students, Central became Central Michigan University, a designation representing further growth in the complexity of the school’s academic programs. Many students enrolled in pre-professional programs for medicine and law, while advances in science and technology created wider curricula.

    Through the 1960s, enrollment grew to more than 14,000 students. This growth caused significant change in the character of the university. More buildings were constructed which more than doubled the physical size of the campus.The gift of Neithercut Woodland and the establishment of CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island gave the university valuable facilities for specialized studies.The number and variety of programs also continued to grow. Programs in business and communications were developed and expanded.

    In 1971, the Institute for Personal and Career Development was established to provide academic programs for students with limited access to traditional forms of education. The Specialist in Education degree marked CMU’s entry into training beyond the master’s degree level, which now includes specialist degrees in several disciplines and eight doctoral degrees. During this time, the university began to recruit faculty representing diverse geographic and institutional backgrounds and areas of expertise in order to more fully prepare students for the increasingly global society. The standards set for teaching and research in this period continue to shape the university today.

    The technological advances of the 1980s spurred further program expansion, especially throughout the sciences, and ground was broken for the Industrial Engineering and Technology building in 1987, other construction followed; the Dow Science Complex, Applied Business Studies Complex and Student Activities Center. CMU’s Global Campus continued to grow as well, and the university offered its first online courses in 1994, offering courses to students around the world.

    Campus continued to expand with the addition of academic, athletic and residential buildings through the 1990s. The modern Music Building was opened in 1997, followed by a $50 million expansion of the Park Library in 2002 and the state-of-the-art Health Professions Building and several residence halls in 2003. CMU’s newest buildings are the technologically advanced and LEED-certified Education and Human Services Building, which opened in 2009, and the CMU Events Center, which opened in December 2010 and also includes environmentally friendly features. In September of 2012, CMU opened the CMED building, which began CMU's medical school, one of 14 in Michigan with the first class of 60 future doctors.

  • Year established:1892
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
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  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
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