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Update on the Access to Excellence Initiative

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    roadmap-updatesAs higher education enables social mobility and successful professional careers, the University of Miami is committed to providing all students the opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams through an outstanding educational experience regardless of their financial need.

    Through the Access to Excellence initiative on the Roadmap to Our New Century, the University has made significant progress on its goal of meeting the demonstrated financial need of undergraduate students admitted on merit by its 2025 centennial.

    Led by John Haller, vice president of enrollment management, the Access to Excellence action team allocated more of the financial aid budget to need-based aid to ensure that nearly all of the entire 2017 freshman class’s demonstrated need is met. Now, the team is expanding that effort to ensure the University can do the same for successive freshman classes, and for sophomores and upperclassmen.

    “Continuing to attract the most talented students to our diverse institution, regardless of socioeconomics, will significantly improve our ability to produce knowledgeable graduates with exceptional global leadership skills,” Haller said.

    Composed of faculty, staff, and students, the action team also has taken steps to ensure the continuation of a pilot program for the need-based support of international students—a move that helps the U maintain its appeal to outstanding students from around the world.

    In furtherance of its goal to provide every student the opportunity to take full advantage of all UM has to offer, the action team also is developing plans for need-based grants for unpaid internships, increasing undergraduate student participation in research, and expanding student participation in service learning activities. Future plans include creating emergency funds for students facing hardship and establishing graduate fellowships tied to the creation of specific centers of excellence within schools and colleges.





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