Values and Goals
Who We Are
Central Methodist University is known for its high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs, its values-centered learning experiences and longstanding church relationship, its strong liberal arts tradition, its emphasis on character and leadership development, and the success of its graduates through their further educational and professional pursuits. Characterized by academic excellence and proactive, personalized student services, programs are offered in Fayette and statewide via distance learning technologies as well as through partnerships with schools, churches, hospitals, and other institutions of higher education.
Central Methodist University affirms its Wesleyan heritage and its unique place as the only United Methodist-related University in Missouri. The location of its main campus in a small, historic, rural community provides an opportunity for students to live and to learn in a safe setting. The University values its strong liberal arts, providing a foundation for excellent professional programs. CMU and its out-reach activities foster an environment in which a diverse student body can develop intellectually, socially, and spiritually. University life emphasizes honesty, integrity, civility, and a strong sense of personal responsibility as integral elements of character and leadership. Central Methodist University nurtures a spirit of community and caring among students, faculty, and staff.
The Central Methodist University experience engenders, through the academic program
and opportunities for practical experiences, student growth in knowledge, personal
integrity, spirituality, and professional competence. In addition, students are challenged
to develop a sense of global citizenship and a commitment to the betterment of the
world. Students with a CMU education are prepared to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the liberal arts and academic specialties as well as technical skills and professional competencies.
- think critically and conceptually and apply their knowledge and skills to the solving of problems.
- communicate accurately and effectively through listening, speaking, and writing.
- continue to develop self-knowledge, confidence, and a sense of honor and commitment by assuming responsibility and leadership in the service of others.
- seek an understanding of ideas, issues, and events within and beyond their immediate community and appreciate the gifts of diversity.
- evaluate their personal strengths and abilities, and explore appropriate career choices in a changing world.
- have the courage to make decisions based on considerations of ethical, aesthetic, economic, and environmental consequences.
- commit themselves to a life exemplifying values in relationships with self, family, church, university, and community.