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Enhanced scholarships announced
Miami University's board of trustees in its Dec. 9 meeting learned of enhancements Miami will make to merit-based scholarships in order to enroll more high ability students next fall who are also attracted to other universities' honors programs.
The university will allow more students into its honors and scholars programs and increase the scholarship amounts awarded. This will preserve the quality of the honors program but at the same time make Miami more attractive to potential honors students, said Miami Provost Jeffrey Herbst.
Miami will also increase Miamis Ohio Leader Scholarships in order to keep tuition as affordable as possible for lower income Ohio freshmen next fall, a very important initiative and part of Miamis mission as a public university, said Herbst.
Trustees also were informed of Miami readying to implement an employee parking fee for the first time beginning June 1. The basic annual cost will be $20 for access to all parking lots at Miamis three Butler County campuses.
Trustees adopted a spending policy formula for fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, that follows the formula used for the previous two fiscal years; awarded architectural and engineering contracts of up to $450,000 combined for an electrical power system automation project, a north quad chilled water project and a steam plant pollution controls upgrade project; and awarded contracts for renovation of the field hockey field at a cost not to exceed $1.8 million.
Trustees adopted a revised charter for the internal audit and consulting services office that includes audits for departments in areas other than financial, such as IT and operations. The offices ability to consult in a formal capacity or advisory role is also emphasized in the charter.
In other action, trustees added senior to the title of vice president for finance and business services and changed the titles of executive directors of Miamis regional and Luxembourg campuses to regional campus dean of Miami University Hamilton/Middletown and dean of the John E. Dolibois European Center. They also approved naming of campus facilities based on committee recommendations and granted emerita/emeritus status to several faculty.
Board officers for calendar year 2006 were elected at this meeting: Fred Wall was re-elected as chair, Laurel Dawson returned to the vice chair position, Kay Geiger was elected secretary and Richard Smucker was elected treasurer.