Strategic Planning and Initiatives

The provost receives suggestions and ideas from faculty and staff as well as the guiding committees and advisory councils. The Academic Cabinet works with the provost to determine the most effective strategic plans that are in alignment with the university's mission and vision and Road Map to 2015.

Recent and current initiatives that are tied to the Road Map components are listed below with links to their respective sites.


Wildcat Innovation Fund; one-time awards designed to support initiatives that advance strategic goals of Northern Michigan University. 

Course Technology Innovation Project; pilot project that seeks to increase the innovative use of technology in NMU courses.

Academic Programs; Nurse Educator Post Masters Certificate Program, Loss Prevention Management Online Bachelor Degree, collaboration with CMU on the  Education Ed.D. degree.

Meaningful Lives

International Programs; staffing expansion, International Visiting Scholars Program, and an established Faculty Led Study Abroad program. "Going Global" (Northern Horizons-PDF)

Center for Native American Studies; in addition to providing academic studies, sponsors the Indigenous Earth Issues Summit and Native Pow Wow.

UNITED Conference; annual diversity conference that aims to increase understanding of internationalization, multiculturalism, and pluralistic values by engaging participants in an appreciation for the richness of cultures and ethnicity.

Center for Instructional Technology Education (CITE); expanded faculty training for online education.

Campus Attributes

Beaumier Heritage Center; historical museum and educational facility on the NMU campus

Studio for Experimental and Eco-Design (SEED); located within the Department of Art and Design and intended for students to develop strategies, concepts and brand identities that not only affect our environment, but the economy as well.

Community Engagement

Construction clubConstruction students volunteer in community projects

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification; formal 2008 application resulted in award designation in Fall 2008.

Superior Edge Program and Academic Service Learning; integrate curricular and non-curricular activities for leadership, diversity, citizenship, and the real-world in a rigorous and transcript-earning experience. "Learning to Serve" (Horizons-PDF)

Industry and Community Development; Regional Skills Alliances Program, Work Force Development, Continuing Education

Outreach centers for all ages; Center for Economics Education and Entrepreneurship, Center for Native American Studies, Seaborg Center for Math and Science