Miami University raises tuition, gives raises to faculty, staff

OXFORD, Ohio - Miami University trustees voted Friday to raise tuition across the board for the 2013-2014 school year and give raises to faculty and staff.

Tuition increases are:

• Undergraduates at the Oxford campus: 1.5 percent. (In-state students will pay $13,266; out-of-state students will pay $29,056).
• Graduate students: 1.5 percent.
• Lower division students at the regional campuses:  2.3 percent ($5,036 per year);
• Upper division regional students: 2 percent ($7,630 for the year).

Trustees strengthened the university's smoke-free policy to make it a tobacco-free policy, beginning July 1. One exception to the existing policy - allowing employees to smoke in their personal cars on university property - will be discontinued as of Jan. 1, 2014.

Trustees passed an operating budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 of $667,455,287. The budget includes aggregate merit and salary improvement increases for faculty and staff.

The university reduced costs by $45 million from fiscal year 2010 through 2013, according to David Creamer, vice president for business and finance services.

Trustees also approved requests by deans to change the names of several divisions from "Schools" to "Colleges."  These changes take effect July 1 but will be implemented during the academic year:

• The School of Creative Arts will be the College of Creative Arts;
• Τhe School of Education, Health and Society will be the College of Education, Health and Society;
• Τhe School of Engineering and Applied Science will be the College of Engineering and Computing; and
• Τhe regional campus division will become the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences.

Some departmental name changes approved include:

• Department of chemical and paper engineering to the department of chemical, paper and biomedical engineering;
• Consolidation of the department of communication and the journalism and film programs into the department of media, journalism, and film;
• The criminal justice program to the department of justice and community studies and the integrative studies program to the department of integrative studies (both at the new College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences); and
• Τhe name for the zoology graduate degrees be changed to biology.

Professors Sheila Croucher and Jim Oris were named Distinguished Professors, an honor given to no more than two eminent professors in a year.

Croucher, professor of American studies, was also named a Distinguished Scholar at Miami for 2010-2011.  She is described as a "cutting edge interdisciplinary scholar," whose work focuses on issues of globalization, migration, transnational identity and belonging. Her research examines how globalization has challenged traditional notions of citizenship and national identity.

Croucher was awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 2007 and a Fulbright Visiting Chair of North American Politics and Society at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, in 2009.

Oris, associate provost for research and scholarship and dean of the Graduate School, is also professor in the department of zoology.  He is a renowned expert on environmental toxicology who has mentored 13 master's students, 13 doctoral students and 7 postdoctoral associates.

Oris' research interests center on the ecological toxicology of multiple stressors in aquatic systems. He also studies photo-induced toxicity, long-term reproductive toxicity, routes of uptake and environmental factors that may alter fate and effects. He has received $4 million in research funding at Miami and has published 105 peer-reviewed scientific research articles and nearly 200 abstracts for presentations at scientific meetings.

In other business, trustees:

• Recognized Debra Hust Allison, who is retiring as vice president for information technology.
• Αppointed J. Peter Natale as the new vice president for information technology
• Authorized renewal of the Local Administration Competency Certification Program, in which universities administer their own capital facilities projects.
• Received reports on numerous capital improvement projects, including Etheridge residence hall, which opens at the MET quad this fall, and Maplestreet Station, with dining and student rooms, to open near Etheridge Hall.

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