Core Values

COMMUNITY

Northern has a distinctive sense of place - some refer to is as the upper hand. We are a warm, friendly, caring and helpful university. We are collaborative, on campus and off, valuing partnership and service to each other, the community, and the region. Our focus is always on the students.

OPPORTUNITY

Like Lake Superiors' vastness, there is depth and breadth to Northern's wide range of academic, research and scholarship, international travel and student service programs. We are affordable and accessible. We use our many resources to achieve deep professional and personal growth in ourselves and provide it for others.

RIGOR

A Northern education is like the black rocks that protect Gichigami's shore - a solid foundation that will endure the waves of time and change. We achieve academic excellence through top-caliber teaching, learning, research and service. Our work ethic and integrity are powered by discipline, courage, pride, sisu (determination), perseverance and the desire to help others succeed, in and out of the classroom. 

ENVIRONMENT

The unparalleled rugged beauty of the physical environment at our campus doorstep is something we admire, study, learn from, strive to protect and enjoy year-round. And like the Anishinaabe, we see a responsibility to plan for sustainability seven generations into the future.

INCLUSION

Northern is a safe and welcoming place. We aspire to learn form and encourage each other as global citizens, neighbors, colleagues, and family. We desire to be a role model in embracing all types of diversity and diverse points of view, engaging in civil society and governance, protecting human rights and promoting social justice.

CONNECTIONS

At Northern, we make connections in dynamic ways, creatively using resources and technology to link people, ideas, and projects. We nurture strong ties to the environment, community, disciplines, and our rich history and traditions. Like the northern stars (Aurora Borealis), these connections are often luminous and inspiring.

INNOVATION

Michigan's Upper Peninsula had always been home to bold, creative risk-takers and problem-solvers. Here, we excel at being inquisitive in looking beyond what there is to what could be. We believe exploration unleashes and builds strength of mind and character. We endeavor to be entrepreneurs, discovers and the best within our chosen fields.

These core values will direct the university in decision making and developing its strategic plan. 

nmu.edu/corevalues

From the Office of the President. August 2015.

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