Why Is EMU realigning its budget?
Recent difficult decisions regarding administrative positions and Athletics are designed to realign University resources to invest in:
- dynamic high-demand academic programs;
- world-class facilities; and
- student support programs.
These investments will build on EMU’s countless award-winning programs and facilities.
Investing in high-demand academic programs
EMU is launching new academic programs in high-growth areas, including:
- Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Data Science & Analytics
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Master’s in Finance
- Information Technology
- Religious Studies
Investing in world-class facilities
EMU has recently completed and is launching many exciting projects to continue providing a vibrant and safe campus for students, faculty, and staff for decades to come.
- Sill Hall will be renovated and expanded to house EMU’s growing engineering programs.
- The Rec/IM will undergo significant renovations and expansion, thanks to support from a dedicated student fee advocated by Student Government.
- A new state-of-the-art health care center will be built on campus in partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Integrated Healthcare Associates.
- Labs for the neuroscience and fermentation programs will be created this summer in Mark Jefferson.
- The Quirk/Sponberg Theatre will undergo facility upgrades this summer.
- A new $19.6 million co-generation unit was recently completed to provide nearly all of the campus’ electrical and heating needs at a lower cost and with dramatic reductions in emissions.
- EMU recently opened a new Amazon store in the Student Center – the first of its kind at a Michigan college or university.
Investing in student support programs
EMU’s core mission is to provide students with a world-class education both in and out of the classroom.
- EMU continues to dramatically increase investments in student financial aid.
- EMU’s ground-breaking Undergraduate Symposium will again be held to showcase the outstanding work of EMU’s students and faculty.
- Engage @ EMU was launched to enhance EMU’s many community partnerships, including work to transform the local Riverside Arts Center.
- Consistent with these and other investments, EMU continues to enroll large classes of incoming students, despite a statewide decline in the number of high school graduates and community college students.
Building on our award-winning success
EMU has a proud tradition of supporting students and offering top-quality award-winning programs. The recent budget actions are designed to ensure that resources are focused to build on these successes.
- EMU was again named a “Best in the Midwest” by Princeton Review.
- EMU’s College of Business was again ranked one of the best in the nation by the Princeton Review.
- EMU was recently ranked third in the nation for supporting veteran students.
- EMU’s Music Therapy program was named one of the best in the nation.
- The College of Business’ Sales Institute was launched to provide students with critical skills in the growing and dynamic field of sales.
- The online Dietetics program was ranked one of the best in the nation.