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WMU Signature is a student engagement program for students to reflect on their out-of-class learning experiences, to explore and identify a passion, that will be reflected on their WMU diploma.

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ExperienceWMU is the online home for all student engagement opportunities at Western Michigan University, including finding events, submitted reflections and tracking progress for WMU Signature.  All WMU students, faculty and staff have access with their Bronco Net ID and password.


WMU Signature Designation

Western Michigan University recognizes that engagement outside of the classroom can contribute to student learning and development. In response, the University created a framework, WMU Signature, for students to intentionally engage on campus and meaningfully reflect on their experiences. To celebrate students' co-curricular achievements, the University will officially recognize students who have successfully completed their WMU Signature by including a WMU Signature Designation on their academic transcripts and diploma.

Western Michigan University is the only institution that is currently including a co-curricular designation on the academic transcript and the diploma.

Here is an example of what the WMU Signature Designation looks like on a diploma:


WMU Signature levels pyramid

As part of WMU Signature, students attend 12 events in the first phase, EXPLORE, and reflect on their experience before declaring a pathway, or passion area.

After students have declared their pathway, as part of the second phase, FOCUS, they attend 6 events within that pathway to further explore their passion, continuing to reflect on their experiences.

The final phase is the P.E.A.K. (Providing Evidence of Active Knowledge), where students propose and complete a unique experience of how they have put their passion into action. Western Michigan University then includes the student's pathway on their academic transcript and official diploma.



Pathway Descriptions


"[WMU Signature, which] launched this fall will provide even more opportunities for our students to find and pursue their passions outside of the classroom. Many of these pathways will afford additional opportunities to engage in our local community. One hundred and fourteen years ago, the partnership that underlies CommUniverCity was started, under my tenure it will keep on rocking."

-President Montgomery, Inaugural Address: Sept. 15, 2017