NMU Board of Trustees 2004 Annual Retreat

The Campus Inn - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Thursday-Friday, February 12-13, 2004



Thursday, February 12, 2004:



  10:00 a.m.                    Retreat Convenes Huron B/C (backup)



Retreat Agenda


NMU Mission Statement:  Northern Michigan University, by providing quality academic programs, strong student support, and extensive regional service for its stakeholders in the upper Midwest, challenges its students, faculty staff, and alumni to strive for excellence, both inside and outside the classroom, and to become outstanding citizens and leaders.


NMU Vision Statement:  Northern Michigan University will be the public university of choice in the Midwest for students seeking quality academics and outstanding collegiate experiences with personal attention in a high-tech learning environment. 



1.         Are we progressing towards our vision?  How do we measure?


     --    What does it mean to be a university of choice?


     --    Is NMU "offering quality academic programs"? 


     --    Are students having an "outstanding collegiate experience"?


     --     Are  students receiving "personal attention"? 


     --    Is NMU offering a high-tech learning environment? 



2.         Where do our resources come from?  How are we using them?


     --    Where does our funding come from?


     --     Are we spending our resources consistent with our Mission and Vision? 


     --    Are our compensation practices effective in maintaining quality faculty and staff?


     --    What are the projections for FY05 and FY06 using the Governor's Executive Budget or assumptions?



  1:00 until            Retreat Reconvenes Huron B/C

  5:00 p.m.            (Break from 3:00 until 3:15 p.m.)




3.         How do we compare to peer institutions in acquiring and utilizing resources?  (Midwestern peer institutions, aspiration institutions, and state sister institutions.)



4.         How were the enrollment goals set and what should they be in the future?


     --    What is our capacity?    


     --    Will Sawyer play a role in future growth? 


     --    Where do our students come from and how well are they prepared? 


     --    Should we change our approach to recruiting students? 


     --    How are we doing in retaining students?  Can we improve? 



5.         What initiatives are presently underway to move NMU toward its vision?  (Technology:  community-wide wireless initiative and deferred maintenance)


            What new initiatives should be instituted?  (Passport Program, Residence Hall of the Future, Multimedia Instruction, Initiatives related to our environment Academic Service Learning, and Student Internships)



Friday, February 13, 2004:




  8:00 until            Retreat Reconvenes Huron B/C

12:00 noon           (Break from 10:00 until 10:15 a.m.)




6.         How do we use advisory boards? 



7.         How do we support students in securing employment after graduation or admittance to a graduate school or professional program?    



8.         How are we utilizing alumni and what other opportunities are there?


     --    How are alumni being utilized in recruitment of new students? 


     --    How are alumni being utilized in our academic programs? 




  1:00 until            Retreat Reconvenes Huron B/C

  3:00 p.m.            and Concludes




9.         Review Board Committee Structure 



10.       Review "Use of Time" Board Survey Results 



11.       Wrap-up Discussion/Presidential Search Discussion?