Award for Excellence in Graduate Education

Miami University was awarded the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) award for excellence and innovation in graduate education for the Dublin Partnership, a joint venture between Miami’s Department of Educational Leadership and Dublin City Schools in Ohio through which students can earn a Master of Education degree with principal licensure. In addition to the recognition from this award, the department of Educational Leadership will receive $2,500.

The purpose of the MAGS/ ETS award is to encourage, recognize and reward excellence in domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level. This award looks at several factors including recruitment, programmatic efforts to improve degree completion, creative pathways for students’ success, recruitment of minorities, use technology to communicate with prospective applicants and increases in the number of international students.

The Dublin Partnership started four years ago when Dr. David Axner, former superintendent of Dublin City Schools, approached Miami University’s Department of Educational Leadership to develop a program that would be more responsive to the daily challenges of administrative practice. The program offers a Master of Education in School Leadership through a 33-hour program designed for educators with at least three years of K-12 teaching experience who wish to become school principals or administrators.

Through this site based program, students work within the Dublin Schools while assuming leadership responsibilities and taking on real challenges within the district. The goal is to improve the traditional preparation of educational leaders by helping them achieve a clear understanding of what it takes to create an environment conducive to learning. Miami faculty and Dublin administrators deliver instruction that connects theory to practice. Students directly apply lessons learned in the classroom to school improvement initiatives within their schools. Graduates of the Miami/Dublin principal preparation program have learned first hand about shared leadership by working closely with experienced administrators both in and out of the classroom. The Dublin partnership, with the support of current Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hoadley, continues to challenge the status quo to provide leadership experiences for future administrators that contribute to both district advancement and students’ leadership development. The Dublin program has raised Miami's profile as an innovative leader in principal training in the state. It has also helped to create a highly effective method of graduate education for educational leaders in the field.