10-26-17- Weekly Three

October 25, 2017


Because it is so important, I want to remind everyone again that the deadline for the One Miami Campus Climate Survey is tomorrow, October 27.

Here’s the Weekly Three.

Retention and Graduation Rates – The Office of Institutional Research recently updated Miami’s retention and graduation rates. The six-year graduation rates for bachelor’s degree-seeking students increased on all three campuses (info is based on 2011 cohorts). The sophomore year retention rate (2016 cohorts) decreased on the Oxford and Hamilton campuses and increased on the Middletown campus. Thank you for your continued commitment to improving these outcomes and to the success of our students.

Graduation Rates
Oxford - 79.1% (from 78.4% in 2016)
Hamilton - 26.3% (from 23.8% in 2016)
Middletown - 25.4% (from 14.6% in 2016)

Retention Rates
Oxford - 90.9% (from 91.8% in 2016)
Hamilton - 63.1% (from 67.7% in 2016)
Middletown - 68.7% (from 63.1% in 2016)


  • Faculty Research Grants Program – The University Senate Committee on Faculty Research (CFR) has extended the deadline for the Faculty Research Grants Program to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017. Eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application info can be found here.
  • Advanced Writing Course Requirement– Beginning Fall, 2018, we will fully implement the “Advanced Writing” (AW) requirement of the Global Miami Plan. Departments have the option to design a course/course sequence to fulfill the AW requirement or to advise students to take one or more courses/sequences approved as AW already. Examples of some innovative and varied practices can be found here. The deadline for departments to submit an AW course proposal for the 2018-19 academic year is February 1. Given the winter break and winter-term timeline, the AW review committee encourages departments to submit proposals by their December 1 meeting. Faculty should work through their departments to submit proposals. Programs and majors who are not able to develop their own AW-approved courses, are encouraged to work with the English Department to determine the most effective courses for your majors. Please contact Elizabeth Wardle ( to discuss designing your own AW courses or Madelyn Detloff ( to discuss English AW courses your majors might take.


  • The deadline for Open Enrollment for Benefits is Tuesday, October 31, 2017 to make changes to employee benefits effective beginning January 1, 2018.
  • Annual Oxford Campus Budget Presentation –Monday, November 6, 2017, 3:50-5:00 PM, in 102 Benton, with David Creamer, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services. The annual budget presentations at the Regionals will be scheduled in April, 2018.

Until next week,