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Current Academic Affairs Initiatives

ADA Accessibility

The Office of the Provost, in collaboration with Student Disability Services and IT Services provides information, training, and support for faculty and academic advisors to enable students with disabilities find their place at Miami, engage with the community, and succeed and reach academic and personal success. Beginning in 2017, all faculty are required to undergo accessibility training which is conducted online.

Academic Advising

As part of the ongoing effort to improve undergraduate academic advising, the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council in partnership with the Division of Enrollment Management & Student Success recently launched the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative-Campus application across the University. The EAB Student Success Collaborative provides advisors with data and analytics relating to their advisees so that they are well equipped to offer personalized support. It also enables advisors to easily schedule advising appointments, record notes on advising sessions, make referrals and communicate with advisees. Advisors are required to undergo training on the EAB SSC as part of the Advisor Training program.

Assessment of Student Learning

Recently, the University Assessment Council was formed which includes representatives from each academic division, Student Affairs, University Libraries, Institutional Research and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Its primary goal for the year is to improve the quality of assessment of student learning outcomes across the university. Resources and support in the form of annual reviews of assessment reports, a Canvas site of information, and workshops are provided to assist departments, programs and offices to engage in high quality full-cycle assessment of student learning.

Diversity and Inclusion

In spring 2016, Miami hired the Education Counsel (a mission-based education consulting firm) to assist the institution in crafting strategies to cultivate a more welcoming and inclusive learning, working and living environment to advance student, staff and faculty success. The report was completed in fall 2016. Planning is underway to address the concerns and recommendations offered in the report.

Faculty 180

Miami recently purchased an application for a university-wide electronic faculty activity reporting system known as Faculty 180. With the intention of entering data once and using them many times, faculty will be able to generate multiple forms of curriculum vitae, annual activity reports, and promotion dossiers. In addition, departments and divisions will have access to consolidated data to assist with academic program review, accreditation, strategic planning, recruiting and marketing, and 2020 Plan reporting. A pilot of the system was conducted in 2016-2017, and full implementation is expected to begin in 2017-2018.

Faculty Leadership Initiatives

In addition to the Institute for Miami Leadership Development which has been in existence for several years, the Office of the Provost is launching two new leadership programs to begin in the 2017-2018 academic year: (1) the Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program (MAC-ALDP) which provides intensive development (monthly meetings and two workshops at other MAC institutions) for three faculty fellows; and (2) the Provost Fellows Program which enables one or two faculty to lead several projects in collaboration with one of the associate provosts.