Miami News

From the Office of the President

  Miami News is your monthly insight into what is happening on campus.
September, 2010  
Volume I, Issue 4  

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Greek Students Suggest Changes to Refocus on Key Values

The Summer Greek Task Group has released recommendations to increase the awareness of personal and social responsibility and to strengthen the discipline procedures for group misbehavior.  The policy revisions include hiring two security officers for every off-campus event, designating a person to monitor behavior, and reinforcing the goals and ideals of Greek life and activities.  To view the report click here.

Strategic Priorities Task Force (SPT) Draft Report Available
A committee of 18 professors and administrators, as well as the associated student government president, spent the summer assessing future university wide budget constraints.  The committee’s draft report is accessible online to the Miami community.  A letter from the task force co-chairs Chris Makaroff, chemistry and biochemistry; and Steve Wyatt, finance; and related supporting documents are on the SPT website click here.  Alumni can email their comments to

Students Taking Advantage of Study Abroad Experiences
Three women’s soccer student-athletes travel with 11 other students to Nepal for their senior capstone course, Health and Culture, USA & Asia.  Faculty-sponsored trips such as this are one way the university is accomplishing its goal of having 50 percent of our students study abroad before graduation.  Currently 44 percent of Miami students study in a foreign country. On average only 2 percent of college-age students study overseas.  To view additional study abroad programs offered at the university, click here.

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011: Miami Among ‘The Best and Most Interesting Institutions’
Miami is described as “the honors public university in one of the nation’s largest states,” where undergraduate research is encouraged and “professors are lauded for their knowledge and willingness to help.”  The Fiske Guide listed Miami as one of 20 “Public Universities Strong in Architecture,” one of 25 “Major Universities Strong in Music,” and one of 36 “Public Universities Strong in Business.”

Miami Featured in 2011 College Access and Opportunity Guide
Produced by the national Center for Student Opportunity, this comprehensive guidebook for low-income, first-generation, college-bound students highlights Miami’s outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities, and student support services.  One of the programs mentioned, Bridges: A Plan for Excellence, serves outstanding students who are interested in studying at Miami.  Students come for an all-expenses-paid overnight trip and participate in college preparation workshops.  Students completing the program receive a $4,000 renewable scholarship to Miami.  Click here to learn more about the Bridges Program.

Miami Recognized as a Leader in Recruiting/Graduating Low-Income Students
Washington Monthly 2010 lists Miami 12th in national university college rankings for social mobility – recruiting and graduating low-income students.  This publication looks at nearly 260 schools for their contribution to the public good, rating them in three categories: social mobility, research, and service.



Class explores the
remote regions of Kenya