What is Superior Edge?

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About Superior Edge:

Superior Edge consists of four “edges”

  • Citizenship – Become an engaged, involved citizen
  • Diversity – Develop sensitivity and awareness of global and domestic diversity issues
  • Leadership – Become a competent, ethical and effective leader
  • Real World – Relate classroom theory to workplace practice in real-world settings

To complete an edge, students document 100 hours of relevant activities/experiences and write a reflection paper articulating what they have learned through the process as well as a short survey.

After completing an edge, a student enrichment transcript documents each edge.  The student enrichment transcript gets sent out with a student's academic transcript.  If students finish all four edges, they get the distinction of having the "Superior Edge" and get to wear cords at commencement.

Characteristics of Superior Edge:

  • Participation is open to every student at Northern Michigan University.
  • Students can progress at their own pace; progress towards an edge can be made throughout their years at NMU.
  • Superior Edge combines in- and out-of-the-classroom experiences.
  • Students can choose their level of participation; they can elect to complete one, two, three, or all four edges for the Superior Edge.

To get started with Superior Edge, students attend a one-hour orientation session where criteria for the program is explained and they receive instruction on logging their hours.