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Editors Note: Rene Shingle's title has been corrected to properly reflect her official position.
The students in the College of Health Professions collectively have earned a higher GPA than students in the other colleges at Central Michigan University.
According to a report from the Office of Institutional Research, as of Spring 2013, the College of Health Professions had the highest average cumulative grade point average among authorized majors, at 3.18, of all academic colleges on campus.
Reneé Castellon, communications and marketing coordinator for the College of Health Professions, credits the high average GPA to students who work hard to do well in their classes both inside and outside of the program.
“We have looked to really bring in a lot of very qualified students,” Castellon said.
The Student Government Association's recent struggles for representation in the Academic Senate can be blamed on the group's own public perception and self image.
Each college within Central Michigan University has seen a decline in student credit hours this year as a result of freshman enrollment figures dropping significantly.
Among colleges taking the biggest hit is the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, which saw the largest decline in student credit hours from last year.
“Given that the CHSBS is responsible for two competency courses in English and a significant number of University Program courses, it is reasonable that we would feel the impact in the drop in freshman enrollment,” Dean Pamela Gates said.
Amidst university budget cuts, faculty cutbacks and an enrollment crisis, Central Michigan University has yet another problem on its hands: the Campus Programming Fund.
The CPF, which is funded by student tuition dollars, funds programs including the Student Government Association, Multicultural and Academic Student Services, Student Activities and Involvement, University Recreation, Greek Life and the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center.
Following a decline in enrollment this year, the College of Business Administration is predicting a $789,719 drop in revenue, according to a comparison of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 operating budget summaries.
CBA’s total revenue decreased by 1.68 percent this year from 2012-13’s total of $47 million to this year’s $46.2 million.
Dean of CBA Charles Crespy said the decline was predicted, and the college that teaches introductory business courses for freshmen might be offering fewer sections in the future.
“We’re planning in the long run for what might be a smaller college,” Crespy said.
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The Board of Trustees was presented Wednesday with a draft of a capital plan that would, if approved, have the university spend $400 million over 10 years on 18 different projects.
The 10-year capital plan, part of the campus master plan, was presented at the Finance and Facilities Committee meeting ahead of Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting at the Bovee University Center.
It calls for spending $64 million on new undergraduate housing to replace aging north campus residence halls and $70 million on a College of Business administrative building, among other projects.
The trustees did not vote on the plan, but Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Steve Lawrence said a final report will be presented to University President George Ross in August, and a final plan will be presented to the board in September.
Lawrence said the 18 projects were narrowed down from an initial plan of over 200 before being cut down to 43 projects that would cost a total of $700 million.
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Central Michigan University's current and former employees pledged $892,503 for the 2012 Annual University Campaign, the third-highest total donation in school history.
The College of Business Administration was the recipient of two of the seven AUC awards last week during the campaign luncheon.
CBA pledged the most money by a college with more than 100 employees at $150,787 and received the highest participation by a college of the same size with 50-percent participation.
“I think what (the awards) really say is we’re pretty invested in our efforts here in the College of Business and across campus,” said Sandy Sommer, director of development for the CBA.
Iron Mountain junior Krista Testolin was searching for a minor last year that would complement her environmental policy and biology majors.
She saw a flier in the Engineering and Technology building about a new International Business and Sustainable Development minor and was intrigued by what it had to offer.
“I really wanted to learn more of the business side of things and thought it could really be beneficial,” Testolin said.
Central Michigan University students are the first choice to fill many jobs at General Motors Co.
CMU is the primary university contact for employment at GM, and Brian Partie Jr., associate director of career services at CMU, said it's because CMU offers business students an aspect of training that many other universities don't.
"The relationship started in 2012," Partie said.
Central Michigan University's Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services, David Burdette, announced Wednesday plans to retire this summer, the second senior administrator to announce their intentions of leaving this year.
In a late-afternoon news release from the university, Burdette said he had intentions of serving five years when he arrived at CMU in 2008.
Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni of Central Michigan University:
Central Michigan University is a vastly different and far better institution than when I joined its faculty in 1978.
A year ago, University President George Ross insinuated that students weren't "grown-ups" and couldn't fully understand the Faculty Association/administration battle.
On Tuesday, Ross sat down with Central Michigan Life's Editorial Board and one would be hard-pressed to find the same man that offended some students a year earlier.
The drive from Central Michigan University to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Traverse City every weekend is coming to an end for Dewitt senior Taylor McManus.
McManus, a hospitality major and professional sales minor, is graduating in May.
On the campus of a public university, administrative transparency should be a given.
This includes informing the campus community, from students to professors, about the goals of the university, what projects are being funded and what source of money is supporting them.
Central Michigan University administrators have failed miserably this academic year in acting as a transparent body.
The most noteworthy failure is presenting necessary information regarding the planning of the College of Medicine, from course work to funding to future costs.
Although the administration tends to say the releasing of hundreds, if not thousands of pages of CMED documents in November was a step toward transparency, they seem to have selective memory.
Central Michigan Life, the Faculty Association and the Academic Senate all had to use the Freedom of Information Act to wring the information from CMU and were told the documents would likely cost them money, before they were ultimately released to the public.
This lack of faith in the administration openly presenting information is made evident by the 19 units on campus that support the Academic Senate’s vote of no confidence against University President George Ross and Provost Gary Shapiro.
After months of unanswered questions, enough people stood up to complain.
As the university celebrates its 120th anniversary, the students, faculty and staff of Central Michigan University should be both proud of, and grateful for, the decisions made by previous generations of Chippewas.
We should be grateful to those with the courage and vision to transform our institution from Central Michigan Normal School and Business College (1892) to (sequentially): Central State Teachers College (1927); Central Michigan College of Education (1941); Central Michigan College (1955) and Central Michigan University (1959), which today is considered a national doctoral institution.
Today, the university is in the process of another major transformation as it prepares to become a major player in the most dynamic, fastest growing, and arguably most important industry in the world: health care.
This has been, as one might expect, a challenging and contentious transformation.
Thirty teams of potential entrepreneurs will face off at Central Michigan University’s College of Business and the Isabella County Bank’s second New Venture Competition Friday.
The all-day competition offers the chance for the best student entrepreneurial business ideas to win up to $55,000 in start-up funds.
Central Michigan University's economics department has become the 19th unit on campus to endorse the Academic Senate's Dec.