Academic Affairs Mission

The Academic Affairs Division supports the mission of the university by encouraging excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, student development and community engagement. The division strives to prepare students for a lifetime of professional and community contributions in an increasingly interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Vision (draft)

The academic curriculum and the scholarship that supports it will provide an intellectual foundation for life-long learning,  problem solving and career development  This curriculum will feature a rich learning environment that energizes the faculty-student relationship and creates an essential bridge from theory to practice 

Key Concepts:

There are four key concepts which support the curricular vision. These four areas are consistent with NMU’s vision statement.   “Northern Michigan University challenges its students and employees to think independently and critically, develop lifelong learning habits, acquire career skills, embrace diversity and become productive citizens in the regional and global community.”

  1. Intellectual Foundation
    A curriculum focusing on reasoning skills, humanistic and scientific inquiry, technological and writing skills along with cultural and historical knowledge.  This curriculum must provide a rich context for life-long learning and problem solving regardless of the career NMU graduates may pursue.
  2. Active Learning Model
    Active learning that engages students in higher-order thinking tasks such as discovery, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Active learning can also connect faculty scholarship to the student learning experience. In addition to engagement in the classroom, it also includes the practical application of knowledge through activities such as internships, practica, and field experiences.
  3. Career Development
    The University will provide and support high quality programs demonstrating strong external demand.
  4. Community engagement
    Collaboration with communities outside the university at the local, state, regional, national and global levels for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge experiences and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.