- A data resource for the JMU community and its constituents
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” - James Madison
A public university carries a great deal of responsibility. Not only in light of Madison’s words, but also because the public places a great trust in us. To demonstrate how seriously we take that trust, assembled here are data showing that real planning takes place at James Madison University.
At ‘JMU Plans’ you will find documentation about how the university plans by reviewing and exploring current and future challenges and opportunities, collaborating with various individuals and groups that care about JMU’s future, crafting strategic initiatives to achieve our mission, and carefully evaluating our performance.
- Mission, Vision, Values: James Madison University 's mission, vision and values statements reaffirm the university's long-time commitment to meeting the needs of its students.
- Defining Characteristics: The characteristics that define the type of institution that James Madison University strives to become during the planning years 2006-2012.
- Madison Commission: The purpose of the Madison Commission was to provide input to the President to be considered in our planning endeavors for the years 2006-2012. The current mission, vision and values statements were derived from the suggestions of the Madison Commission.
- Centennial Commission: In 1998 a group of seventy representatives of the University and its outside constituencies identified the characteristics that ought to define James Madison University in 2008 at its centennial. Emanating from this commission were the previous mission, vision, and values statements.
- Strategic Plan: University planning activities are focused on advancing the mission though a pursuit of the defining characteristics. Each year the strategic focuses are identified and annual departmental/office objectives are created.
- JMU's Six-Year Plan: The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in cooperation with the public 2- and 4-year institutions, developed institutional performance standards to address state-wide priorities: access, affordability, academic offerings, academic standards, student progress and success, economic development, research, enhancing K-12 education.
Institutions that meet these performance standards will be granted greater management, curricular and fiscal autonomy.
- Schedule of Program Reviews: The administrative and academic offices and programs at James Madison University are reviewed on a regular basis.