Many are critical of the academic standards at Miami University Hamilton in comparison with the main campus in Oxford, although Miami University Hamilton administrators maintain in public that there is no difference in standards. However, Miami University launched a task force in 2005 to ""address the most important issues facing the regional campuses, including ways to improve curriculum..."". Cincinnati Enquirer has also repeatedly described the Hamilton Campus as remedial, including this statement from a 2001 article: ""Miami University sends most remedial students to its Hamilton or Middletown campuses."" (""What Tri-State Colleges Offer"" by Ben Kaufman, March 5, 2001) Controversy surrounds this issue because academic credits earned on the ''REMEDIAL'' Miami University Hamilton campus are not valued differently from credit hours earned on the main campus.\r
The academic environment at Miami University Hamilton is absolutely horrific. Hamilton students are very lazy and many of them are functionally illiterate. They have grown to expect receiving ""academic welfare"" (a dumbing-down of standards) from the MUH faculty and the school largely accommodates them for financial reasons to keep the campus afloat.\r
Despite Miami University's plans to one day advance into the top ten national public universities in the nation (along with the University of Virginia), they will never do so with Miami University Hamilton attached to them. Major reforms at the Hamilton Campus need to be undertaken immediately.\r
What is taking place at Miami University Hamilton is disrespectful to both those Miami University students in Oxford who legitimately EARN their Miami University academic credit and to the millions of college students across the United States who work very hard to complete their degrees at schools with lesser reputations than Miami University.
Pros: caring, qualified faculty
Cons: academic welfare environment, not academically legitimate/honest operation