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Miami reaccredited for 10 years
Miami University has received reaccreditation for 10 years following a self-study and a formal review by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Miamis self-study was deemed a model for other institutions to emulate by the HLC. The commissions team met with administrators, faculty, student government, trustees and staff, held open meetings with students and community members; and visited regional campuses. It reviewed Miamis Web site, tuition plan, First in 2009 initiative, financial and construction plans, university plan for diversity and other documents.
The HLC report says Miami adequately addressed concerns identified in a 1995 re-accreditation report, namely a need for strategic planning, increasing academic rigor, enhancing technology and improving diversity. The report acknowledges the university continues to address diversity, governance and communication issues.
The HLC noted that Miami meets the core components of its mission via collaborative governance processes, fair and responsible policies and activities, and achieving widespread understanding of and commitment to the universitys mission and values.
Among areas praised for effectiveness and/or innovation, were strong faculty-student relationships; supportive libraries; high graduation and retention rates; and developments in information technology. Also noted are an impressive array of programs supporting undergraduate research; co-curricular activities complementing learning; and diversity initiatives helping prepare learners for a global society. Even with a few items noted for more attention, the reviewers said further attention to the areas noted will only strengthen an already strong assessment program.
No changes were recommended in conditions of affiliation nor status. No sanction nor adverse actions were made. The full report will at www.muohio.edu/accreditation later this month.