Miami University trustees on Sept. 21 approved adding an academic session of approximately three and a half weeks to the university's academic calendar starting with the 2013-2014 academic year.
The winter term will provide opportunities to enrich students' academic experiences, which include, but are not limited to: studying abroad, conducting research, completing an internship or taking an additional on-campus or on-line course. Miami will be the first public university in Ohio to offer a short winter term.
Michael Kabbaz, associate vice president for enrollment management who chairs the Academic Calendar Implementation Committee charged with overseeing the adoption of the proposed winter session, told trustees that faculty and student input will be sought in the spring on what types of classes are desired and may be offered in the winter term.
Phyllis Callahan, dean of the College of Arts and Science, and James Kiper, chair of University Senate and chair of computer science and software engineering, both co-chairs of the Miami 2020 Plan coordinating team, spoke. They presented an outline of the Miami 2020 plan to achieve the university’s vision to offer "the best undergraduate experience in the nation, enhanced by superior, select graduate programs." They also introduced the chairs of five Target Goal Teams, campuswide teams focusing on unique but inter-related goals toward achieving the vision of Miami 2020.
Trustees also approved room and board rates for the 2013-2014 academic year. Rates for a typical meal plan and double room will be $10,900 for the year, up 2.87 percent. Individual costs for room and board will vary, depending on which housing and meal plans are chosen. Miami’s housing and dining units are self-financed.
Trustees authorized the awarding of contracts to renovate Kreger Hall with a total construction budget not to exceed $16,500,000. The department of physics will move to Kreger Hall from Culler Hall, which will be included in the second phase of Armstrong Student Center construction. Kreger will receive new instructional and research laboratories, departmental offices and classrooms, complete with new mechanical, electrical, data and fire-suppression systems, accessible restrooms, a new elevator and improvements to the exterior. The project will be paid for with state capital funds. A small amount of local funds was used in the design phase.
Trustees approved issuance and sale of general receipts revenue bonds not to exceed $125,000,000 to fund:
(i) renovation and construction of housing and dining facilities including, but not limited to, Anderson Hall, Collins Hall, Dennison Hall, Dorsey Hall, Erickson Dining Hall, McBride Hall, McFarland Hall and Symmes Hall;
(ii) demolition of Robertson Hall;
(iii) infrastructure upgrades and improvements on the Oxford campus;
(iv) other eligible capital projects approved by the university; and
(v) payment of a portion of the costs associated with such issuance.
In other actions, trustees approved:
- recommendations of the Committee on Naming of Campus Facilities, including the Dr. Robert F. Etheridge Residence Hall, which is under construction on the MET (Morris, Emerson, Tappan) quad in southeast campus. Etheridge is vice president emeritus of Student Affairs.
- the rank of emerita/emeritus on several retired faculty and administrators.
- the appointment of Bruce Guiot, chief investment officer, as Miami’s associate treasurer.
- increasing the number of national trustees on the board from three to a maximum of six.