David C. Hodge
September 6, 2012
The second goal is to "Ensure Excellence in Graduate Education." We began this effort with our first ever comprehensive review of all graduate programs. As a result of the review, we eliminated some programs and reallocated budgets to provide better support for those programs that were viewed as of high quality and central to our offerings.
We also added new graduate programs that reflect higher levels of collaboration:
We implemented a Certificate in College Education to better prepare our graduate students for college teaching, and we created an annual Graduate Research Forum to facilitate dissemination of graduate scholarship.
Finally, we approved changes to MUPIM to encourage and facilitate an expansion of 4+1 programs, giving our undergraduate students a much better pathway to a seamless progression to a graduate degree. This fall we have 20 programs in place that are offering this option.
The third goal is to "Raise the Level of Scholarly Accomplishments." Our primary objective here is to strengthen the central role that research, inquiry, and creativity play in defining the Miami experience for faculty, staff, and students. It transcends specific research projects, infusing the habits of mind of research into all aspects of our campuses.
In addition to developing the "habits of mind" through curriculum reform in the Top 25 Project, several other programs have been developed specifically to enhance the research experience of students:
We have also taken a number of other steps to focus, strengthen, and increase recognition for research on our campuses:
The funded research environment has been affected by both the economic downturn and increased competition. While we have maintained our total funded research dollars at around $25 million, we have not advanced towards our goal of $35 million.
The fourth goal is to "Maximize Miami's Contributions to Regional, State, National, and Global Communities." As a public university, Miami bears a special responsibility to the citizens of our region and state and a broad responsibility to contribute to the future prosperity of our national and global communities. We discharge this responsibility partially through the opportunities we provide our students and in turn, the contributions our students make to the region: