NMU discusses new master plan during President's Forum

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Northern Michigan University faculty and staff were updated on the future of the university Wednesday afternoon, in a forum hosted by President Fritz Erickson.

At Wednesday's forum, President Fritz Erickson got feedback from faculty and staff on two ongoing projects; the university's new campus master plan, and the strategic resource allocation report.

“That's what this was about, to be able to listen to the faculty, listen to the students, listen to our community," said Erickson.

Over the past year, the university has been at work, creating a draft for the new campus master plan. Since 2008, NMU has completed or started work on a number of major projects set forth, including the new Jamrich Hall, new student housing, and an updated University Center.

"This is truly a remarkable thing, and so it's very gratifying and the campus community as well as the broader communities will be very proud of this," said Erickson.

Included in the new master plan are some even more ambitious moves, including a new performing arts center, apartments near the PEIF, and a dedicated basketball arena.

"A big part of the overall focus is to make sure that we have the kind of campus that can meet the future needs of the university and the students we serve, as well as the community we serve," said Erickson.

Another main focus today, the strategic resource allocation report, as the university hopes to stay up to date on academic innovation. A main topic of discussion being, minimizing credit hours required by a major to earn a degree.

"Are we offering the right programs in the right kind of way, and the right amount of time?” asked Erickson. “That requires so many of our programs to look at themselves."

The university will be hard at work with faculty and staff to complete these plans by the end of the academic year. Then the long process of implementation will begin.

"We embrace the opportunity of transformation,” said Erickson. “We embrace the opportunity to empower our students and we think what we're building here is truly something extraordinary."

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