EMU Strategic Plan 2015-2020

EMU envisions being the premier Christian university offering a third way between the missions of more traditional Christian universities and the more secularized missions of mainstream universities. By “third way” we refer to an explicitly Christian university that engages the full diversity of human experience and identity, facilitating progress and social change in addressing the most pressing problems in our world.

As a Christian community of learning, we emphasize academic rigor and reflective practice organized around the liberal arts. We promote the intellectual, physical and spiritual formation of our students, faculty, and staff into people who reflect the love of God for all, embracing the world in all its complexity with a hopeful and enquiring spirit. EMU’s rootedness in the Anabaptist Mennonite faith tradition – emphasizing the ethical practice of Christian faith and the search for peace and justice in this world – provides a rich base from which such a third way can develop and progress.

EMU’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020 encompasses its centennial year in 2017. The goals we enumerate here are intended to establish a strong foundation for EMU’s second century, launching us into greater national and global influence. They move us toward being the kind of distinctive Christian university we aspire to be.

Four Overarching Goals


Take advantage of EMU’s Centennial celebration to highlight the university’s strengths, distinctive identity, and rich history. In reviewing and celebrating the past and present, we will establish a shared vision for the future.


Attract, develop and sustain a thriving team of faculty, staff and administrators whose diversity mirrors the student body, our community, and the broader church. Establish policies and practices to support commitment to EMU’s mission and meaningful engagement in teaching, scholarship, vocation, and service to our university.


Increase the engagement of students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the EMU community of learning and its local and global context. Enhance the personal and spiritual formation of students, faculty and staff into persons who reflect EMU’s core values and commitments.


As we launch our second century, position EMU among the leaders in Christian higher education. Strengthen the long-term sustainability of EMU’s mission and fiscal health by growing enrollments, enhancing our national profile and academic reputation, and improving financial positioning.

Approved: EMU Board of Trustees
March 9, 2017