Miami University Hosting Public Forum

Hamilton-OH

Miami University’s Regional Process Committee is hosting its first of four public forums 3:30 pm at the Wilks Conference Center, Miami University-Hamilton Campus. This public forum is for students, faculty, staff and community members to voice their concerns about a proposal that would separate the regional campus from Miami’s main campus in Oxford.

Miami University’s President David Hodge proposed a “differentiation” that would give the regional campuses more leeway to create four year degrees desired by the states workforce needs according to the proposal.

President Hodge and the board of trustees assembled a task force to evaluate the proposed changes and its affect on students and faculty. Tution prices is one concern for faculty, staff and students.

Changes that the University proposed:
No Swirling-

Students pay a discounted regional campus price for classes at the Oxford campus as long as more than half of the course are scheduled at the regional.

Miami University-Main Campus Price

$13,533 for full-time in-state residence according to Miami’s official web site

Miami University regional campus Price

$2,385 for full-time in-state residence according to Miami University regionals’ official web site

If students are paying less tuition why is this a problem?

Regional campus physics professor Beverley Taylor told Dayton Daily News Reporter Amanda Seitz (http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/students-worried-about-future-of-miamis-regional-c/nhtht/) “Think about it from the point of view of a student in Oxford; when they realize that the student sitting next to them is paying half of what they’re paying”.

Paying lower tuition price would be unfair to Oxford students paying a higher price even though they are in the same class.

How do some regional campus students feel about this?

Some regional campus students do take advantage practice of paying less in tuition. Some students feel they are out priced of a quality education.

Any other problems with swirling?

Yes university officials feel that this taints the identity of the regional campus. The regional campus don’t want to be branded as a cheaper version of Oxford, according to the task force report released in December.

“If we are to be autonomous, then we should try to be something so distinctive that students will choose to come here for who are not because we are cheaper than Oxford. The Berea model was mentioned as example of a college that is quite distinctive. “

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