Proposed regional tuition promise will cut costs for students

The Miami University Board of Trustees has approved the extension of Miami’s Tuition Promise to the Hamilton and Middletown campuses — a move that will reportedly save students almost 8 percent on their tuition costs. For students pursuing four-year degrees at the regional campuses, the proposal would guarantee a tuition cost of $2,490 per semester for the fall 2018 entering class. That rate would amount to a savings of $1,952.67 over four years for Ohio residents, or 7.7 percent less than the current tuition cost, said Cathy Bishop-Clark, interim associate provost and dean of the regional campuses.   The tuition promise was implemented at the Oxford campus in the fall of 2016. This measure guarantees incoming students that the cost of their education at Miami will be frozen for four years at the price they paid when they entered the university. The cost includes tuition, room and board, special purpose fees and course fees. The regional campuses currently offer a two-tiered tuition rate in which students pay one price for the first two years and an increased rate the final two years. According to Bishop-Clark, as more students have sought four-year degrees, it was increasingly difficult for them to plan for the full cost of their education. Now they will have access to their total cost before they start classes. “[The proposal] would guarantee the tuition cost of a...

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New platform, ComMUnity Connect, aims to increase volunteerism

In an effort to promote volunteer service on campus, Miami University launched a new online tool, ComMUnity Connect, in the beginning of February.  This platform serves a dual purpose: to allow nonprofit and civic organizations within Oxford and surrounding areas to advertise opportunities for service and to enable students to locate these opportunities and track their service hours. ComMUnity Connect is maintained by offices on Miami’s Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown campuses. The idea was conceived by Christie Zwahlen, director of the Oxford campus’ Office of Community Engagement and Service (OCES), and the launch was celebrated with a party at Hanna House on Feb. 14. Until ComMUnity Connect was created, Miami did not have a campus-wide platform for organizations and prospective volunteers to easily reach each other. Zwahlen said this centralized tool was sorely needed. “We [have] a newsletter that promotes community engagement events and opportunities, but there is no way to include all volunteer opportunities in it,” Zwahlen said. “With ComMUnity Connect, we now have one location where this information is stored on an ongoing basis.” After arriving at Miami in October of 2016, Zwahlen collaborated with the regional campuses to locate an appropriate technological platform, approve it for Miami’s use and encourage nonprofits to utilize the tool to list their needs. The creation process took a little more than a year, Zwahlen said.   To access the tool,...

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