Miami University Transfer Agreement Press Release

Miami Regional campuses, Cincinnati State ink articulation agreement

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio Feb. 8, 2013—Cincinnati State students who graduate with an associate degree in Hospitality Management now have a seamless pathway to the Organizational Leadership bachelor’s degree program at Miami University’s regional campuses.

Officials at the two schools said a recently-signed agreement will align the two programs, and give Cincinnati State students more certainty about which credits will transfer to Miami’s Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) Organizational Leadership program.

Cincinnati State’s Hospitality Management program prepares graduates for management positions in hotels, casinos, restaurants, catering companies and other venues. Organizational Leadership is the most popular of the 13 concentrations in the BIS program, which is offered exclusively at Miami’s regional campuses in Middletown, Hamilton and the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester.

Course credits that will transfer have been mapped out. Miami academic advisers will meet with Cincinnati State students to ensure a seamless transfer, according to Ted Light, chair of the Business Technology Department at Miami’s regional campuses.

“These are all meaningful transfer credits that match up very well and will be maximally applied to the bachelor’s degree,” Light said.

Organizational Leadership is designed for those who want a four-year degree indicative of their ability to supervise others and advance within an organization. It has applications in such areas as client/customer service, fundraising, human resources, human services, manufacturing, office administration and management, public affairs, retailing, sales and training. Individuals with this degree are typically employed in business, government, health care and not-for-profit organizations.

“Many of our students need a bachelor’s degree to advance in the workplace, and Cincinnati State is interested in further enhancing the management skills of our graduates,” said Paula Kirch Smith, a Cincinnati State Hospitality Management instructor/adviser. “Miami’s Organizational Leadership program will be a good fit for them.”

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Labor Market Information survey projects that management jobs in the Cincinnati-Middletown area will grow by 8.2 percent by 2014. Sales and related occupations will likely grow by 9.4 percent over the same period, according to the survey. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the U.S. hospitality industry employs 1.8 million hotel property workers and is projected to experience job growth of nearly 18 percent over the next year. Job growth for lodging managers is expected to rise 27 percent by 2014.

About Miami University Regional Campuses

Miami University Regionals ( offers five bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Engineering Technology, Integrative Studies (13 concentrations including Organizational Leadership), Health Information Technology and Criminal Justice, as well as seven associate degrees. Miami’s regional system includes campuses in Hamilton and Middletown, the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, and Greentree Health Science Academy in Middletown.

About Cincinnati State

Cincinnati State ( offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the United States. Based in Clifton, it operates satellite campuses in Evendale, Harrison, and downtown Middletown.