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Annual Address 2012

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David C. Hodge
September 6, 2012

Let me start by sharing the five goals. These overlapping goals are grounded in those values that have propelled Miami for most of our history and in a core vision of what Miami is all about, namely a vision that calls for Miami to "Provide the best undergraduate experience in the nation, enhanced by superior, select graduate programs." This vision recognizes that everything that happens at Miami affects what our students experience and how they succeed.

The Goals

The centerpiece of that vision is the academic environment at Miami. Thus the first goal is focused on Innovative Learning and Discovery—to "Promote an innovative, engaged learning and discovery environment that produces extraordinary student and scholarly success." Miami has long been at the forefront of innovative learning with the Top 25 Initiative one of our most visible recent examples. The goal has been to create an energetic, innovative environment with "no boundaries," as one of our former student trustees described her Miami experience. Courses blend together as does "inside and outside" the classroom. How do we create an environment in which learning is inseparable from research and creativity? How do we blur boundaries between undergraduate and graduate education? How can residential experiences become learning experiences? In other words, how do we create an environment so that everywhere and at all times our students are stimulated to be active learners and discoverers? How do we strengthen an outcomes-focused culture that uses assessment to drive our students to higher levels of achievement?

The second goal focuses on the faculty and staff at Miami by creating a Transformational Work Environment—to "Build a campus culture that stimulates and recognizes creativity, entrepreneurial thinking, and exemplary performance." Last year in the annual address I spoke about "the entrepreneurial university," focusing on those qualities that will position us to be successful in a rapidly changing world. While challenging, these changes will also bring incredible opportunities to strengthen our foundations. From immersing our students in a discovery culture to connecting everyone to the global community, from designing more efficient and effective business processes to creating a sustainable energy footprint, how do we encourage and recognize creativity and entrepreneurial thinking that will keep Miami at the forefront of constructive innovation? How do we build best practices in developing and recognizing high performance? How we will ensure that these innovative ideas will be implemented and executed effectively?

The third goal focuses on our global reach and commitment to diversity in challenging our students, indeed all of us, to grow by stepping beyond our comfort zones, embracing and experiencing our differences. The third goal calls for Global Engagement and Inclusive Culture to "Extend our global connections and strengthen a culture of inclusion, integrity, and collaboration that embraces a changing and diverse society." How do we increase our student study-abroad experiences, construct a more global liberal arts curriculum, increase diversity on our campuses on all dimensions, and engage our students in a deeper understanding of their core values?

The fourth goal seeks to strongly position Miami in the increasingly competitive higher education environment by focusing on Dynamic Organizational Design that will position us to "Pursue forward-looking programs, activities, and structures that ensure academic success and financial sustainability in the evolving landscape of higher education." What role should E-Learning have at Miami in a world of Massive On-line Open courses (MOOCs)? How should undergraduate and graduate programs be connected? How do we enhance the complementarity among our campuses while pursuing their distinct missions? How do we align our accounting models with our priorities? How do ensure that our decision-making processes strike the right balance between agility and thoroughness? These are but a few of the questions that go to the heart of how we are structured for success.

The final goal is a re-imagined version of our commitment to the future that we embrace as a public university. The goal to create Effective Partnerships and Outreach stimulates us to "Forge effective partnerships and contributions that impact the region, state, nation, and world." This goal is fundamentally about creating "win-win" programs and activities because we both contribute to and gain from such partnerships and contributions. Our research contributes to knowledge and to the application of that knowledge, often in partnership with organizations that extend opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff. The many research projects between our faculty and Wright Patterson Air Force base or the contracts that the Scripps Center undertakes for the State of Ohio or the federal government are excellent examples of how we impact others, while extending opportunities for our students, faculty, and staff. Service learning is predicated on the principle that we can learn through our service to others. Internships provide incredible opportunities and insights to our students, while their energy and fresh ideas help drive the organizations where they are placed. How do we best grow the opportunities for research, service learning, and internships? How do we increase their impact? These are key questions for a public university; indeed, they are key questions for any great university in the 21st century.

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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