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The Ohio State University Academic Plan 2005 Update

2005 Update Executive Summary and Academic Scorecard

Since the inception of the Academic Plan in 2001, The Ohio State University has made great strides towards accomplishing its overarching goals. Progress on the Plan's six strategies is summarized below.

Strategy 1: Build a World-Class Faculty

  • Ohio State hired some 60 faculty members at senior rank in 2005-06. Recognition of the outstanding accomplishments of our faculty members continues to grow, as this year's roster of national and international awards attests.
  • We rank sixth among our 10 benchmark institutions in average faculty salary.
  • Central and college-level support made it possible to fund a number of successful counteroffers.
  • The newly designed Plan for Health will promote personal health awareness and management.
  • The Faculty Career Enhancement Committee has developed recommendations to support the professional development of women and minority faculty members and faculty at associate rank.

Strategy 2: Develop Academic Programs That Define Ohio State as the Nation's Leading Public Land-Grant University

  • We have launched the Targeted Investments in Excellence program to spur our rise in national reputation.
  • New curricular offerings and degree programs at Ohio State are identifying us as a leader in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning.
  • Partnerships with Battelle are allowing us to collaborate in tackling such issues as health and the environment and privacy and technology.
  • Top quality research space on campus is expanding. Coming facilities with significant research space include the Biomedical Research Tower, the Physics Research Building, Scott Laboratory, and the Psychology Building.
  • Ohio State has moved into 10th place among the nation's public universities, based on total research expenditures as measured by the National Science Foundation. In 2005 both research expenditures and new research awards exceeded half a billion dollars.

Strategy 3: Enhance the Quality of the Teaching and Learning Environment

  • Renovation of the Thompson Library is slated to start in fall 2006. The new state-of-the art facility is expected to open in fall 2009.
  • Our classroom pool was expanded with the reopening of Page and Hagerty Halls. It will be further expanded when the new Psychology Building opens in late 2005, and Scott Laboratory in 2006.
  • The World Media and Culture Center opened in Hagerty Hall, its technologies connecting OSU with the world as never before.
  • The Recreation and Physical Activity Center is providing the university community with unprecedented opportunities for physical activity and wellness.
  • The now-completed Oval renovation has reinvigorated the heart of our campus.
  • Because of Ohio State's role in the South Campus Gateway revitalization, we are considered a leader in university-community collaborative urban redevelopment.
  • The developing Student Information Systems project, to be fully operational by fall 2009, will integrate all of the university's student-related data.
  • Carmen, the next generation of electronic course management, was launched in January 2005.
  • OSU's Wireless Project is providing users with convenient access to email and Web-based services at some 200 access points campus-wide.

Strategy 4: Enhance and Better Serve the Student Body

  • A committee has proposed a redesigned undergraduate curriculum, including the General Educational Curriculum.
  • Graduate education is being examined to assess our doctoral programs' alignment with the Academic Plan. The structure and functions of the Graduate School are likewise being studied.
  • Ohio State now boasts 12 Scholars Programs.
  • An Office of Undergraduate Research has been established to help students more readily identify research opportunities and mentors.
  • Our four regional campuses continue to provide students with accessible, affordable, high-quality education.
  • The university has set aside $66 million in financial aid for the 2005-06 academic year to ensure that lower-income students continue to have access to an Ohio State education. The Land-Grant Opportunity Scholarship program provides a full scholarship to low-income, high ability students in each of Ohio's 88 counties.
  • Ohio State is working to improve compensation and benefits for funded graduate and professional students. The Graduate Associate Compensation and Benefits Committee, a new permanent committee of the University Senate, will be a formal mechanism for addressing such issues.

Strategy 5: Create a Diverse University Community

  • Seventeen women and 12 minority regular faculty members, one of whom is female, were recruited into senior-level faculty positions during the 2004-05 academic year.
  • The President and Provost's Leadership Development Institute is helping develop a pool of leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in key administrative positions.
  • A President's Council on Women's Issues work group has suggested flexible work policies as a means of enhancing faculty recruitment and retention.
  • The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male has been established to enhance the retention and graduation rates of OSU's African American male students.
  • The university has intensified its efforts to recruit minority students. The Office of Minority Affairs (OMA) has launched a series of recruitment messages to the African American and Latino communities and has targeted brand-new recruitment areas. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience and OMA have developed and distributed targeted recruitment DVDs throughout the country.

Strategy 6: Help Build Ohio's Future

  • Ohio State received nearly $40 million in the latest round of State of Ohio Third Frontier awards.
  • Ohio State's research and development program has substantial employment impact. Our half-billion dollar per year R&D program supports more than 16,000 jobs in Ohio.
  • Research conducted in the Biomedical Research Tower, slated to open in December 2006, is expected to generate numerous jobs and substantial revenues during its first 10 years.
  • SciTech, the university's Science and Technology Village, now houses 43 tenant companies and has received more than $16 million in venture capital.
  • Academic programs are being developed on our regional campuses that respond directly to their communities' needs.
  • A multi-year plan for a College Access emphasis in the Columbus Schools has been developed by the Higher Education Partnership group, of which Ohio State is a founding member. The Columbus Public Schools and our P-12 Project have broadened their relationship, while continuing to focus on the Neighborhood Schools Initiative.
  • The Community Connection, an initiative to foster student volunteerism, has been expanded to OSU's regional campuses and to Columbus State Community College, thanks to the leadership of the P-12 Project.

Academic Plan Scorecard 2005

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