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Trustees set tuition

06/26/2009

Miami University trustees today (June 26) approved tuition for the 2009-2010 school year including a tuition freeze for in-state students and the lowest increase in 34 years for out-of-state students.

For the fourth year in a row, Miami students from Ohio will pay a maximum of $11,443 in tuition. Out-of-state tuition will rise 3.5 percent to $26,202. Tuition at the Hamilton and Middletown regional campuses also will be frozen for in-state students, and the out-of-state surcharge decreases to $500/credit hour beginning this fall at the regional campuses. Graduate tuition is addressed below.

Offering another zero-increase in-state tuition means state universities have had to adjust budgets. Miami trustees today passed a $659 million operating budget for 2009-2010 that includes an $8 million budget shortfall for the Oxford campus.

Departments will be required to reduce their costs by $5 million next year through either temporary or permanent budget reductions. The remaining $3 million will be funded from reserves.

Departments will need to make permanent budget reductions totaling the $8 million and an anticipated additional budget cut of $2 million for the 2010-11 budget. These reductions follow cuts in the operating budget that were made earlier this year.

Board Chair John Christie thanked Miami senior leadership and all those involved in the budgetary decision-making process and thanked staff and faculty for “carrying out the decisions that had to be made. We recognize and appreciate all that you do and thank you for your dedication to Miami,” he said.

Other steps to control costs include no pay raises for employees for next year. Also, Miami President David Hodge and vice presidents, in following the lead of the governor, will forfeit 10 days’ salary in the coming fiscal year.

While the Ohio legislature hasn’t yet approved its 2009-2010 budget, the tuition freeze and the budget that were passed are predicated on the Governor’s budget proposal that was announced last week, which includes an increase in higher education funding.

President Hodge expressed his gratitude to Governor Strickland and the General Assembly for making tuition affordability a priority at each step of the budget process so far. While this choice has not been an easy one for Ohio’s leaders, there is nothing more important to the future of our students and Ohio’s economic outlook than affordable access to high quality college and university degree programs, said Hodge.

In other action, trustees

  • approved freezing graduate tuition at Miami’s Oxford campus and approved changes to the graduate programs on the regional campuses to mirror the comprehensive tuition at the Oxford campus. Trustees approved a $750 per credit hour tuition for the Professional MBA program to be offered this fall at Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center.

  • approved the creation of new doctoral programs in cell, molecular and structural biology and in ecology, evolution and environmental biology.

  • approved a new master’s program, the Mahidol University and Miami University international joint master’s degree in population and social gerontology.

  • approved submitting the following proposals for Centers of Excellence at Miami to the Chancellor of the University System of Ohio in accordance with the Strategic Plan for Higher Education:
    - Scripps Gerontology Center
    - Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies
    - Institute for Entrepreneurship
    - Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center for Mathematics and Science Education
    - Center of Excellence in Structural Biology and Metabonomics
    - Center for Aquatic and Watershed Sciences

  • approved awarding the title of Distinguished Professor to Adeed Dawisha, professor of political science, and Yildirim Dilek, professor of geology, effective with the 2009-2010 academic year. Full story online.

  • approved numerous miscellaneous fees for such things as skate rental, transcript copies, the Miami Metro fee and facilities rental, most of which remain unchanged.

  • authorized changes to university faculty and staff appointment terms and approved an updated unclassified employee position elimination policy.

  • authorized up to $400,000 for planning and design services and a predesign of the first phase for a residence hall master plan.

  • approved renovation of the Upham Hall north wing, including an electron microscopy facility and reassigned academic spaces, not to exceed $5.1 million.

  • approved renovation of the basement and first floors of Laws Hall to house the science, business, psychology and engineering libraries and modest upgrades to the upper floors, for a budget of up to $6.4 million.

  • approved changing the name of the Latin American Studies program to the Latin American Latino/a and Caribbean Studies program.

  • affirmed the appointment of Thierry Leterre as dean of the Miami University Dolibois European Center effective Aug. 1.

  • approved recommendations for room name changes recommended by the Committee on Naming of Campus Facilities, for certain rooms in Bachelor and Benton halls and the new Farmer School of Business.

  • moved $1.2 million from unrestricted contributions to the Miami University Fund.

  • adopted an affiliation agreement between Miami and the Miami University Foundation.

  • re-appointed David Shade as a national trustee for a three-year term.

  • approved emerita/emeritus titles for several retiring faculty and administrators.


Trustees heard a report from Brad Bates, director of intercollegiate athletics, that summarized a year that included 7 conference champion teams, more than a dozen “firsts” for athletic achievement, 58 senior student athletes on the dean’s list, the most ever, and an overall 3.02 cumulative GPA for all 522 student athletes.

Associated Student Government president Jonathan McNabb and new student trustee Lindsey Bullinger also gave brief reports to trustees.

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