Coordinated by the Provost and chaired by Dean Phyllis Callahan and Dr. James Kiper, a plan was developed in 2012–2013 that includes one unifying goal focused on learning and discovery and three foundational goals focused on work environment, inclusion and partnerships. In Fall 2013, all departments, programs and divisions will create plans to meet metrics assigned to each goal. For more information, see Miami University 2020 Plan.
Led by Dr. Carolyn Haynes, Miami University is preparing for its application for re-accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission which will occur in April 2013. Miami is one of a small cohort of institutions piloting a new accreditation process called the Open Pathway. For more information, see Miami University Accreditation.
Under the leadership of Associate Vice President Michael Kabbaz, in 2013, Miami will implement a new academic calendar that includes a short winter session, restructuring of the fall and spring semesters, a new time block grid to accommodate calendar changes, and an acceleration of the beginning of the summer term. For more information, see Academic Calendar Implementation 2013.
Led by Dean Michael Pratt, the newly formed division will be named as College of Professional Studies & Applied Sciences, effective July 1, 2013. This new division located on the Hamilton, Middletown and Voice of America campuses, will feature four-year bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and selected graduate degrees, designed to meet the needs of the citizens of southwest Ohio.
A new council, co-chaired by Dean Carine Feyten and Assistant Provost Cheryl Young, is charged with proposing eLearning initiatives and policies, recommending services that should be provided to students and faculty, and setting guidelines for the assessment of learning outcomes. The E-Learning Advisory Council is also charged with developing a university-wide incentive program that will encourage interested faculty to offer eLearning courses and programs.
Led by Assistant Provost Cheryl Young, a new center launched in 2013 with the aim of supporting and encouraging the Miami University commitment to dynamic and comprehensive internationalization, resulting in a diverse cultural and global learning experience for students. For more information, see Global Initiatives.
To begin in 2013–2014, the Enrollment Center (led by Associate Vice President Michael Kabbaz) is a virtual service initiative for all students, faculty, and staff supported by a physical space where best in class customer service is provided on a 24/7 basis to meet the growing business needs and demands of the current and changing student populations across all Miami campuses.
In alignment with goals set by the State of Ohio, Miami University will work on developing plans for 60% of its undergraduate degrees to be completed in three years. For more information, see Three-Year Pathways to Bachelor's Degree.
The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council is implementing a newly developed comprehensive plan for ensuring the quality of undergraduate academic advisement across all Miami campuses and divisions. The plan includes a shared philosophy, objectives and outcomes, advisor training, and advisor recognition.Center for the Research for Undergraduate Students
A new center will be opened in 2013-2014 in the King Library with the aim of advancing opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in mentored research, creative inquiry, scholarship, and professional experience throughout the Miami curriculum.
An ad hoc committee led by Dr. Judith Rogers is developing guidelines and recommendations for promotion of lecturers, clinical, and professionally licensed faculty.
Begun in Fall 2013, and directed by Dr. Rich Taylor, the Oxford Pathway program is a short-term and intensive learning program for strong students who reside in southwestern counties of Ohio. Students admitted into the Pathways program enroll in classes during the fall term at the MUH or MUM campus and received enhanced support. Upon successful completion of the fall semester program requirements, they are admitted as fully matriculated students on the MUO campus starting in the spring semester of their first year.
Launched in 2012, the American Culture and English (ACE) Program provides international students with high-quality English language instruction, a challenging and supportive intellectual environment, and cultural and co-curricular experiences necessary for them to develop strong English speaking and writing skills and to achieve academic success at Miami University.
Following a recommendation in the 2010 Strategic Priorities Task Force Report, the division of Academic Affairs has focused on reducing the overall number of undergraduate course sections and low-enrollment courses. Curricular streamlining assists Miami in using resources wisely so that the curriculum continues to meet our liberal education mission and the evolving needs of our students. Since 2007–2008, the overall number of undergraduate course sections has dropped by 273 sections since 2007. In addition, since 2007, the overall number of low-enrolled undergraduate courses offered at Miami has been reduced by 202 sections.
Formed in 2012, the Office of Undergraduate Education includes the Howe Center for Writing Excellence, Liberal Education, Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment, Advanced Learning Technologies, and the University Honors Program. The OUE serves as the university- and nation-wide advocate for innovative excellence in undergraduate student learning and teaching, providing leadership to achieve the highest quality of innovative teaching and learning and an integrated, developmental, inclusive, and engaged learning environment for students, faculty, and staff of Miami University.
Launched in 2012, this program provides support and faculty advisement for students who enter the University and are undecided about the major. University Studies is administered by the College of Arts & Science Advising Office with ongoing collaborations among academic departments and programs as well as other academic support offices throughout the University. Its primary goal is to ensure the academic success of these students.