Senate votes on regional campus restructuring

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Miami’s regional campuses are set to be reorganized into six new academic departments, as per a University Senate vote Monday afternoon. Starting next fall, an umbrella “regional system” will consist of the following departments: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Education and Society, Biological Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and Languages, Literature and Writing. Administrators say the restructuring plan will facilitate the development of new bachelor’s degrees on Miami’s regional campuses. The long-term goal of offering between 18 and 21 regional degrees is a response to a 2008 mandate by...

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Regional students wary of changes

Students respond to upcoming vote By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student With University Senate’s vote on regional campus restructuring fast approaching, the students affected are still leery of change. Senate is scheduled to begin voting on restructuring issues Monday afternoon, with its Nov. 30 session earmarked to wrap up the process. If passed, the legislation would rename and reorganize many academic departments on the regional campuses in order to house new bachelor’s degree programs. The proposed new departmental structure has drawn the ire of some faculty, who feel that they haven’t been given a fair say in the...

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Restructuring to bring six new departments to regional campuses

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student By the time students and staff head home for the holidays, Miami’s regional campuses could be on their way to an entirely new infrastructure. University Senate will vote on the proposed restructuring plan at its meetings Nov. 23 and 30. If passed, the legislation would rename and reorganize many academic departments on the regional campuses. Process coordinator John Skillings explained that the reorganization is part of an initiative to offer more bachelor’s degrees at the regional campuses. Skillings said that growth would necessitate a new departmental structure to house the new degree...

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Faculty feel slighted in regional campus restructuring, voice concerns

By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student John Krafft, a tenured English professor on the Hamilton campus, has been teaching at Miami for 25 years. But, now, he said, he can’t recommend the school to any prospective faculty or students. Krafft’s voice has been among the loudest of those protesting the restructuring of Miami’s regional campuses — a process that continues to spark controversy after Monday’s report to University Senate. Krafft, along with other regional faculty members, feels that he has not been given a fair chance to voice his concerns. In support, Miami’s chapter of the American Association of...

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Senate proposes regional changes

Faculty angered, seek more say in regional campus restructuring By Megan Zahneis, For The Miami Student Miami faculty and administrators discussed potential changes to the regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown during yesterday’s University Senate meeting. The changes have sparked backlash from many faculty members, who circulated a petition calling for increased faculty input in the process. If passed, the legislature will split the regional campuses into larger, broader academic departments, with already-tenured faculty receiving new “dual appointments.” John Skillings, the process coordinator for the proposed changes, delivered a report yesterday that is expected to be the last before...

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