National study: Miami University faculty among top in nation

Miami University’s undergraduate teachers are among the top in the nation, according to a new national survey.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Miami University the top public university in the nation for its faculty members’ commitment to undergraduate teaching.

The Butler County university is ranked second on the specialty list following only Princeton — a private university — with Yale University at third and Brown University fourth in the of in U.S. News’ Best Colleges rankings released Tuesday.

National recognition is nothing new to the university, which is also Butler County's largest employer and has regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown.

For the past eight years, Miami has ranked in the top five by U.S. News & World Report’s list of universities with “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”

"Miami faculty put their hearts and souls into teaching — it's where we truly excel," said Miami President Gregory Crawford.

“We hear it every day from our students and graduates of every campus, that how professors teach and mentor is what makes Miami such a special place to learn. This consistent recognition year after year is testament to their passion, commitment and genuine compassion for our students, and being here and seeing it on a daily basis is truly inspiring,” Crawford said.

Miami also moved up and onto the “Top 30 Public National Universities” list. Overall, Miami ranks 79th among both public and private institutions in U.S. News’ ranking of “Best National Universities.”

U.S. News ranked Miami 31st in the category of “Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools” and 48th in the category of “Best in Undergraduate Business.”

Miami officials said the school’s dedication to teaching shows in many ways citing the faculty-to-student ratio is 17-1, and faculty and experienced instructors teach 94 percent of undergraduate credit hours.

In June, Money magazine listed the school among the top 10 in the nation for producing chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies.

Miami earned the third spot nationally with four CEOs and was the only one of the 10 universities ranked to have two women alumni now holding such top corporate leadership jobs.

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