Number of credits required for graduation reduced for next academic year

Provost grants exceptions to engineering programs Miami University Bachelor Degree programs are required to reduce their credit hour requirements from 128 to 124 for the 2017-2018 school year and onward. In May 2015, the Ohio Department of Higher Education determined that Bachelor Degree programs must not require more than 126 credit hours for completion, unless additional coursework is needed to meet professional accreditation or licensing requirements, according to the Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review Manual (Directive 2015-016) from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Carolyn Haynes, associate provost for undergraduate education, explained why there was lag time between the state mandate and Miami’s actions to comply with the policy. “Miami received the new copy of the policy on May 1, 2015,” Haynes said. “So, we were not able to begin discussions among the academic leadership until Fall 2015.” Haynes said the Academic Policy Committee identified which degree programs would need to change their requirements in October of 2015 and held interviews with chairs of departments to find the best ways to meet the credit hour requirement. Diane Delisio, senior associate dean for the College of Engineering and Computing, said the deans of each college on Miami’s campus received a memo in April 2016 notifying them of the change in required hours and outlining a timeline of steps needed to address the change. “The process entailed a review...

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