Colorful spring flowers on the grounds of Miami University

Current Academic Affairs Initiatives

Regional Upgrade

The Regional Campus Process committee, chaired by Associate Provost Jim Oris, was convened in spring 2015 and met weekly to discuss charges to the committee and confer with stakeholders from the Registrar, Enrollment Management, Accreditation Team, Business and Finance Services, Regional Campus Coordinatorship Directors, and Regional Campus Associate Deans. Updates on the committee process and progress were given to University Senate and to the University Board of Trustees. Public forums were held in Hamilton, Middletown, VOALC, and Oxford. The committee delivered a final report to Senate in April 2015. Committee agendas, minutes, and documents are publicly available on a website.

First-Year Experience and UNV 101

To improve students’ academic and personal success, a committee of the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council developed a plan for a First-Year Experience course and piloted 22 sections of the one-credit course in fall 2014. Pre- and post-test surveys on UNV 101 students and a quasi-control group demonstrated that the course benefited students. In fall 2015, over 100 sections of UNV 101 or other transitional courses that advance similar outcomes will be offered across all academic divisions and on all three campuses. Instructors are provided training and resources and hail from academic divisions, Student Affairs, the University Libraries, and Enrollment Management and Student Success.

Faculty Activity Reporting Template

In fall 2014, a group consisting primarily of associate deans from all academic divisions met to compare, contrast, and harmonize annual tenure track/tenured and LCPL faculty activity reports. The results of that process are university-wide templates for each faculty category that will be used to report annual faculty activities. The templates, based on the current guidelines for submitting promotion and tenure dossiers, but with clarified wording and addition of 2020 Plan metrics, was approved by Senate as a revision to the current promotion and tenure dossier guidelines. The next phase of this project will be to determine system requirements and request bids for a university-wide electronic faculty activity reporting system. With the intention of entering data once and using them many times, we anticipate that faculty will be able to generate multiple forms of curriculum vitae, annual activity reports, and promotion dossiers by a “point and click” approach. In addition, departments and divisions will have access to consolidated data to assist with academic program review, accreditation, strategic planning, recruiting and marketing, and 2020 Plan reporting. Implementation of the system should begin in 2016.

Comprehensive Plan for Undergraduate Advising

The Undergraduate Academic Advising Council is implementing a newly developed comprehensive plan for ensuring the quality of undergraduate academic advisement across all Miami campuses and divisions. The plan includes a shared philosophy, objectives and outcomes, advisor training, and advisor recognition. First-year students will now receive academic advising from their faculty and staff advisors located in their department or division of major, and they will receive socio-emotional and transitional guidance from residence life staff.