“We have moved from a campus that was focused on offering associate degrees and moving students on to Oxford (Miami’s main campus) to having our own bachelor degrees so students can start and finish here,” said Pratt, who leaves the job in June. “And it has happened at light speed.”
Traditionally, regional campuses for Miami and other area universities have largely played the role of feeder institutions to a college’s main campus.
But climbing enrollment helped prompt Miami officials to expand the undergraduate degree offerings at regional campuses.
In the past decade, Hamilton’s campus enrollment is up more than 25 percent to 3,984 students, while Middletown’s campus has seen more than 2.5 percent increase to 2,800 students for the same period.
Under Pratt, Miami University's regional campuses in Middletown and Hamilton also saw a 480 percent increase in four-year, undergraduate degrees in recent years.
And his tenure as dean also included the expansion of the Greentree Health Science Academy at the Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester Township.
"Mike has provided a strong and reassuring voice to the university and to the community during a time of significant change," Miami University President David Hodge said.
“Under his leadership, we have set the foundations for a bright future for Miami Regionals,” he said.
Also larger are the partnerships between the regionals and their host cities.
Pat Moeller, mayor of Hamilton, said the Miami Hamilton campus “has been of huge importance to the city.”
“A lot has been accomplished under Dr. Pratt’s leadership and the school puts us on the map for a great, post-high school career option,” Moeller said.
Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan echoed praise for Pratt’s supervision and the joining of the two satellite campuses.
“It’s been a great solution and it certainly required great leadership,” Mulligan said. “The additional degrees they offer now … open up a number of opportunities for Middletown residents.”
Miami University Provost Phyllis Callahan said an interim dean will be announced by the end of the month and at a later date, a national search will be conducted to permanently fill the position.