MiamiRISE 2020 Dashboard & Updates

2020 Dashboard & Updates

Miami University’s core values have endured through generations. Our new strategic plan, called MiamiRISE, anchors our community in those values and blazes a trail forward. It is bold and brave, driving transformational change to guide Miami through unprecedented volatility in higher education. More than 600 members of our diverse Miami community engaged in the plan’s development. Join them as we RISE to the moment.

Measuring Our Progress

Annual External Research Funds Received

Current: $26.9m

Baseline (2019): $24.1m

Trend: trending up

Number of Grant Proposals Submitted

Current: 377

Baseline (2019): 377

Trend: trending up

Number of National Fellowship Recipients

Current: 29

Baseline (2020): 29

Trend: trending up

Number of Graduate Students

Current: 2471

Baseline (2020): 2471

Trend: trending up

MiamiRISE Milestones

Miami is accomplishing the proposed initiatives in the strategic plan

  • Honors College created
  • Global Miami Plan revised
  • Digital platform to showcase faculty teaching excellence
  • Reorganization of OARS into Office of Research and Innovation
  • Faculty incentives for research in place
  • Revision of academic divisional structure completed
  • Curriculum review (undergraduate and graduate) completed
  • E-learning plan in place
  • New graduate / credential programs in place
  • Student Life-Academic Affairs plan in place
  • Strategic enrollment plan created
  • Strategic marketing plan created

Research, Scholarship & Artistry

Alicia Knoedler portrait
  • Miami reached an all-time high of $26.9M in funded research in 2019-2020, a 12% increase compared to the year before. 
  • Alicia Knoedler (pictured) is Miami’s first-ever vice president of research and innovation.

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  • Starting in fall 2021, Miami’s new Honors College will offer a one-of-a-kind experience for the nation’s top students.
  • In an initiative called “One Year/One Theme,” Miami will build each academic year around a unifying subject. In fall 2021-2022, the Humanities Center will coordinate a yearlong array of lectures, readings, films, courses, community projects, and co-curricular events around Race and Racism.
  • New academic programs in fall 2020 include bachelor’s and master’s programs in business analytics, a master’s program in business management, and a bachelor’s degree in sports leadership and management (SLAM). Trustees have approved a bachelor’s degree program in business with a major in real estate. Miami also is planning two new academic buildings: a clinical health sciences building and a data science building.

Student Success

  • Graduation rates at all of Miami’s campuses continue to improve, reaching an all-time high of 72.9% in Oxford.
  • Miami is implementing a new model for academic advising and students success, including a “total intake” system led by professional staff advisors charged with building a relationship with their advisees across the undergraduate experience.


Nellie Craig sitting for a class photo
  • Moving quickly to implement the recommendations of the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force, Miami has launched a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion fund now at $1.275M and named Nellie Craig Hall (formerly the Campus Avenue Building) after Miami’s first Black graduate. Miami’s next round of Boldly Creative, the academic innovation fund, will focus on DEI initiatives. 
  • Miami will coordinate all community engagement, advocacy, and business development initiatives through the new office of advancing strategy, partnerships, institutional relations, and economy (ASPIRE), led by Randi Thomas.