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The Miami Plan for Faculty and Staff

Miami University was founded on the belief that a liberal education provides the best possible framework for life in a changing world. The Office of Liberal Education helps students and faculty to understand and creatively transform human culture and society by giving them the tools to ask questions, examine assumptions, exchange views with others, and become a better global citizen.

Supporting Miami's Teachers and Scholars

Faculty innovation and involvement are the very center of the new Miami Plan. Whether updating existing courses or proposing new ones, our ability to offer students engaging and meaningful opportunities to explore their passions and interests begins with our dedicated faculty. 

The Office of Liberal Education has sponsored two major initiatives to support faculty transitioning to the new Miami Plan. Our MP Faculty Fellows program has been highly successful in facilitating “curricular ecology” reviews of programs and departments, as well as training faculty colleagues to be liaisons in the course submission and approval process. On this page, faculty can find a variety of resources including up-to-date course proposal information, overviews of the Four Pillars, Student Learning Outcomes for each area of the plan, and a semester-by-semester calendar for submissions and approvals. 

Because this is an ongoing process, we welcome any suggestions for further resources or improvements to these resources.

What Do We Want Students to Learn?

We can all agree that we want our students to be amazing designers, problem solvers, and researchers who can communicate in a variety of genres and platforms. We want our students to have the skills and contexts for their best possible futures - including their first steps in their professional lives. And we can all agree that we want students who have the knowledge and empathy to succeed in our interconnected, interdependent, and international world.  

Thus the Miami Plan is central to our shared vision for students at Miami. The new MP offers both students and faculty exciting new opportunities, with refreshed learning outcomes and Miami’s unique curricular foci on Signature Inquiries and Global Citizenship. These new Miami Plan areas offer interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approaches to important topics and a range of hard and soft skills that employers, angel investors, and graduate programs are looking for.

It all begins with course design. Rather than forcing existing curricula and courses into the new Plan’s outcomes and Pillars, faculty and departments should engage a “curricular ecology” analysis of their programs’ offerings and leverage the Plan’s new opportunities for curricular renewal.

Support Resources for Faculty

Professor Stephanie Dunning teaching near a whiteboard to her class of students using laptops

Miami Plan Course Proposals

Departments and programs can propose new or existing/revised courses for the Miami Plan for students enrolled in 2023 or later.

Curricular Changes FAQs

Find answers to common questions about the Miami Plan 2023 and changes to the curriculum.

Liberal Education Council

A committee of Miami faculty who advise the Office of Liberal Education on the liberal education curriculum.

MP Faculty Fellows

Faculty fellows are trained by the Office of Liberal Education to analyze, update, and develop courses and opportunities for the Miami Plan.

Advising Resources

Information for academic advisors to provide each student with the right Miami Plan.

Find Your Lead Departmental Advisor

Browse the directory of advisors by academic program.