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Annual Address 2012

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David C. Hodge
September 6, 2012

Creating the vision of a future Miami offers the opportunity to highlight those qualities that we believe most strongly define our core character.

While the vision provides the overall frame for our future, clear and ambitious goals provide the building blocks that create the frame. Together these goals should form a whole that is much greater than the sum of the parts. The goals, like the vision, should be aspirational, leading us to a future that elevates our success. The goals must be focused, complementary, and, to the greatest extent possible, measureable. They are the blueprint of those elements that are most vital to our success in realizing our vision, and we need to be able to assess our progress at the smallest unit level and over the shortest relevant timeframe.

Even the best goals, though, require high performance execution to be achieved. To ensure the best possible success, each goal should have action plans with timelines and measurable outcomes at each stage. There must be a clear sense of responsibility and accountability for achieving those outcomes. We must challenge our operational structures, adopt productive strategies that yield continuous improvement, and carefully scrutinize best practices across higher education and in the private and non-profit worlds. We must be relentless in our pursuit of the strategic goals we establish.

The Higher Education Context in 2020

Before we jump into the details of the process for creating the Miami 2020 Plan, I would like to invite Provost Gempesaw to share some thoughts on how the context for higher education might be different by 2020. We will be inviting others to campus to share their thoughts on the future context as well.

Factors Affecting Change in Higher Education

No doubt you have heard from various pundits and experts the many doom-and-gloom predictions about the future of higher education. Although these challenges may seem daunting, we can overcome them and continue to thrive as one of the country’s premier universities if we take the time to understand and anticipate those challenges and face them with a dynamic, entrepreneurial and strategic mindset.

My goal today is to provide a greater understanding of the critical factors that will likely shape higher education and our own strategic goals and priorities.

Increasing Budget Constraints
For the past several decades, higher education has experienced a significant decline in state and federal support. Most universities have attempted to address this decline by augmenting their enrollments and/or tuition. Unfortunately, this solution cannot be sustained over the long run without adversely affecting quality, brand reputation, and student learning.

How are institutions responding to this continuing decline in federal and state funding? The answer is that a growing proportion of budgetary support must come from private sources, such as tuition, non-credit revenue, endowments, external contracts and grants, foundations, and external partnerships.

Initiating this change can be facilitated by sharing ownership through shared faculty governance and by establishing incentives and benchmarks to achieve higher levels of efficiency and to generate new sources of revenue. It will also require the creation of new programs and initiatives that are responsive to these budgetary challenges and an evaluation of how various academic and administrative units are organized.

Growing Global Competition
The recent increase in international student enrollment points to the fact that the market for higher education has expanded globally. Students from all over the world now travel to other countries (not just to the U.S.) to study. Demand for faculty has also expanded globally with other countries (such as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, and the Middle East) aggressively hiring doctoral faculty from the U.S. These countries are also offering partnership agreements with U.S.-based universities to establish branch campuses and many U.S. universities have responded by establishing new campuses in foreign locations. Other new global opportunities include the creation of international internship and co-operative learning opportunities and the development of dual degree programs allowing students from various countries to earn degrees from multiple universities.

In short, the globalization of higher education now extends well beyond sending students to study abroad or recruiting international students. In addition to enhancing campus diversity and the learning of all students, increasing international student enrollment can be an opportunity to promote the Miami brand to global audiences. Strong international partnerships and alliances are vital in an increasingly global and competitive higher education market.

Changing Demographics
The last census revealed that the population of non-white children has grown significantly. In fact, over half of all births in the U.S. last year were from minority groups. Experts predict that this trend will continue, with the United States steadily transforming into a predominantly diverse young population and a majority white and older generation.

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Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency