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Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees Retreat. February 19, 2009. Orientation for New Trustees. Mission / Vision. Dr. Les Wong, President Dr. Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Mission vs. Vision. Mission. Vision. What an organization does now

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mission vision

Mission / Vision

Dr. Les Wong, President

Dr. Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Mission vs. Vision



  • What an organization does now
  • Answers, “Why does the organization exist, what do we do, what values guide us?”
  • Accomplishment should take the organization toward the vision
  • Is uplifting, but practical, more “here and now”
  • Photograph of the present
  • The future the organization aspires to
  • Answers, “What will success look like?”
  • Should challenge and inspire organization to achieve its mission
  • A dream, an imaginative anticipation of success that grows realistically from the current mission
  • An artist’s rendering of the future

Mission 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.

Adopted September 26, 2008



Northern Michigan University will become the university of choice in the Midwest for students seeking a quality academic program with individualized attention in a high-tech learning environment.

(High-Tech, High-Touch, High-Quality)


Road Map to 2015

  • Road Map Directions
    • Innovation
    • Meaningful Lives
    • Campus Attributes
    • Community Engagement

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

  • Northern Michigan University has been selected for the 2008 Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • NMU is one of 195 higher education institutions in the nation to earn the distinction
  • A community engaged campus collaborates with its larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity

10 NMU Numbers to Remember

Number of students: About 9,400

Number of full-time undergraduate students: About 8,600 – 92% of student body

Number of students who live on campus: About 2,850 – Approximately one-third of the student body (2,500 in the residence halls and about 350 students in the university apartments)

Male-female ratio of student body: About 50-50, women having a slight edge (male 48%, women 52%)

Average class size: About 25-30 students in a non-lab course

Number of faculty members: A little over 300

Number of NMU employees (not including students): Around 1,100 (about 950 full time)

Number of academic programs: About 200 (includes programs at all levels)

Where does NMU rank in Michigan in tuition and fees? Second most affordable among the 15 public universities.

Graduation rate: 50% for baccalaureate students – about the same as the national average for comprehensive universities.


A few more frequently asked questions

  • Is NMU the largest employer in Marquette County? No, we’re third behind Marquette General Health System and Cliffs Natural Resources (formerly Cleveland Cliffs)
  • How old is NMU? Established in September 1899; 109 years old in 2008-09
  • What is NMU’s general fund budget? About $100 million (base budget) – the overall operating budget is about $184 million
  • Faculty-student ratio? About 23 to 1 – it depends on how one defines faculty (whether adjuncts, GAs are included) and students (all students or an equation of full-time and part-time)
  • Budget cuts/operational savings/reallocation changes in general fund since March 2003? Downward about $15 million
  • Number of varsity sports teams? 13 (5 men’s, 8 women’s – track and field is counted twice by the NCAA: indoor and outdoor)
  • Number of student organizations? About 300
  • Number of NMU alumni? A little more than 60,000
  • Number of notebook computers on campus? About 9,500

Human Resources –

Years of Service Distribution by Employee Group

bylaws procedures best practices role and function of the board of trustees

Bylaws / Procedures /Best Practices /Role and Function of the Board of Trustees

Dr. Douglas B. Roberts , Chair – Board of Trustees

Dr. Les Wong, President

Ms. Cathy Dehlin, General Counsel


Key Michigan Constitutional Provisions

  • Pursuant to Article VIII, §6, the Board’s duties shall include:
    • Board is a body corporate
    • Shall have general supervision of the institution
    • Shall have control and direction of all expenditures from the institution’s funds
    • Elect a president under its supervision
      • President is “principal executive officer of the institution”
    • Consists of eight members with eight-year term
      • President of the university is an ex-officio, non-voting member

Key Michigan Constitutional Provisions

  • The legislature shall appropriate moneys to maintain NMU and be provided with an annual accounting of all income and expenditures (Article VIII, § 4)
  • Formal sessions of governing boards shall be open to the public (Article VIII, § 4)

Role and Function of Board of Trustees

(Act 48 of 1963, 390.554, § 4)

  • A majority of the member of the Board constitutes of quorum (5)
  • A majority of its members may enact, amend, and repeal rules and bylaws for the conduct of the board’s business and for the government of the institution
  • Fix tuition and other fees and charges
  • Appoint or remove personnel as the interests of the institution and the generally accepted principles of academic tenure permit or require
  • Determine compensation to be paid for services and property
  • Confer degrees and grant diplomas usually conferred or granted by other similar institutions
  • Receive, hold and manage a gift, grant, bequest, or devise of funds or property, real or personal, absolutely or in trust, which will promote the purposes of its institution
  • Enter into agreements not inconsistent with this act as may be desirable in the conduct of the board’s affairs
    • Delegation of authority
  • Lease or dispose of property which comes into the board’s possession, if the board does not violate a condition or trust to which the property may be subject

Board of Trustees Bylaws

  • Meetings
  • Officers and organization
  • Committees
    • Each committee established by the Board shall act as an advisory body only for the purpose of recommending action to the Board
    • No activity of such committee shall commit the Board to any policy declaration or action unless and until duly approved by the Board at a regular or special meeting
  • Conflict of interest
    • Annual signed statement
    • Fiduciary responsibilities
  • University organization
  • Personnel actions

Board of Trustees Bylaws(continued)

  • Admissions / Fees / Degrees
  • Financial responsibility
  • Property and facilities
  • Collective authority and action
  • Name and seal
  • Amendments
  • Repeal

Board of Trustees Procedures

  • Meetings
  • Leadership
  • Committees
  • Member practices
  • Amendments

Board of Trustees – Best Practices / Expectations

  • Presidential selection
  • Principles and guidelines of the Board / President relationship
  • President / Board roles and responsibilities
  • Important points of agreement between the Board and the President
  • Programs and activities to strengthen the relationship between the Board and the institution
university overview

University Overview

Dr. Les Wong, President

Dr. Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mr. Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration


Overall University Accreditation

  • NMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • NMU became an AQIP institution in 2002
  • The systems portfolio provides information demonstrating that NMU continues to meet the Higher Learning Commission’s standards
  • Current AQIP Action Projects
    • Aligning unit mission statements with revised university mission
    • Benchmarking the NMU Road Map to 2015
    • Documenting and Benchmarking the NMU Outcomes Assessment Process
  • NMU will host an accreditation visit on March 25 – 27, 2009

Three Levels of Degree Programs

  • Pre-baccalaureate
    • Diploma (4)
    • Certificate (13)
    • Associate of Arts / Sciences / Technology (29)
    • Baccalaureate
      • Bachelor of Arts/Science (111)
    • Graduate
      • Master of Arts/Science (23)
      • Education Specialist (2)
      • Master of Fine Arts (1)
      • Certificate (5)

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Full Time Faculty: 183
  • Fall 2008 Enrollment: 3,414
  • Largest Enrollment: School of Art & Design – 705
  • Research / Scholarship / Creative Activity

College of Professional Studies

  • Full Time Faculty: 106
  • Fall 2008 Enrollment: 3,748
  • Largest Enrollment: School of Nursing – 679
  • Research / Scholarship / Creative Activity

College of Business

  • Full Time Faculty: 32
  • Fall 2008 Enrollment: 855
  • Largest Enrollment: Management – 157
  • Research / Scholarship / Creative Activity

Academic Information Services

  • Library
  • Academic Computing / Help Desk
  • Instructional Design, Technology, and Media
  • Archives

Special Programs

  • Student Leader Fellowship Program (SLFP)
  • FYE (First-Year Experience)
  • Superior Edge
  • Honors Program
  • International Programs
  • Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center
  • Public Radio / TV
  • Native American Studies
  • Multicultural Education Resource Center

Student Services and Enrollment

  • Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Academic Advising
  • Dean of Students
  • Counseling and Consultation Services
  • Career Services

Academic Affairs Initiatives

The Road Map to 2015

  • Innovation
  • Meaningful Lives
  • Leveraging Campus Attributes
  • Community Engagement
the road ahead

The Road Ahead …

Dr. Les Wong, President

Dr. Susan Koch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mr. Gavin Leach, Vice President for Finance and Administration


The Road Ahead … Academics

  • Continuing our educational commitment to students
  • Pursuing our academic aspirations
  • Advancing a culture of engagement

The Road Ahead … Finance

  • Continue to grow corporate collaborations in technical and business relationships to identify potential funding opportunities and projects for the institution and internship opportunities for students
  • Expand development of new technologies that enhance business analysis, measurement, and understanding of university operations
  • Identify opportunities and resources to implement initiatives, in conjunction with the Campus Master Plan, that move the university forward as a “greener” learner-centered campus
legal issues

Legal Issues

Ms. Cathy Dehlin, General Counsel


Legal Issues

  • Constitutional autonomy
  • Confidentiality / Attorney-Client Privilege
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Open Meetings Act (OMA)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

  • NMU is subject to FOIA
    • Full text is provided in your materials
    • NMU’s FOIA Officer is the Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • Most NMU records are considered “public records” subject to disclosure unless the subject matter falls within certain narrow exemptions, including privileged, personal, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), bids, appraisals, investigatory, etc.
    • “Public records” include all documents, letters, expense report settlements, and e-mail

OMA and Public Universities

  • Constitutional autonomy
  • The Michigan constitution provides that "formal sessions" of state universities’ Boards are to be conducted in public
  • Federated/MSU case
    • Board decides formal/informal vs. open/closed
  • Oakland University case
  • Complete copy of OMA is in your materials