Academic Plan Table of Contents
The Ohio State University Academic Plan 2006 Update
Message from the President
I am pleased to provide this 2006 update to our Academic Plan as evidence of all that has been accomplished as an academic community over the past year. The details of many of our accomplishments document some of the solutions that have been contributed to the success of the plan.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees was confident in 2001, when they gave their endorsement of the plan, that it would expand the culture of academic excellence at our institution. The six strategies and 14 initiatives of the plan were designed to achieve one overarching goal: that Ohio State would become the premier land-grant research university in the nation.
As this 2006 update to the Academic Plan demonstrates, we are moving unwaveringly toward that goal. Our recent top 20 ranking is just the latest evidence. U.S. News & World Report's 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges" situates Ohio State in a tie for 19th among the nation's top 50 public universities. Only four years ago, we were ranked 24th. In addition, the 2007 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools" lists 30 of our graduate programs or specializations within the top 25 nationwide-and 19 in the top 10. The Washington Monthly College Guide, which measures how much a school is benefiting the country, named us 17th among public universities.
The good news doesn't stop there. According to the latest federal statistics, Ohio State has moved up one notch to rank 9th among public universities in total research expenditures. And we made greater strides than any other top 100 university, jumping 15 places from 39th to 24th in federally financed research expenditures. Our medical center leads the region with nine specialties cited among the best in America, according to U.S. News, which for the 14th consecutive year named OSU Medical Center as one of "America's Best Hospitals." The University Health System Consortium has ranked Ohio State's hospitals among the top five university hospitals.
Another national publication, The Scientist magazine, has identified Ohio State as providing one of the country's best work environments for life sciences researchers. In a survey released in its October 2006 issue, The Scientist ranked Ohio State third in its list of top 15 U.S. institutions-and first among colleges and universities.
Ohio State also ranks among the nation's best in fund raising. Our endowment of more than $2 billion is the seventh largest among public universities.
These rankings are strong evidence that Ohio State is on its way to the world-class status envisioned by our Academic Plan. All strategic plans, of course, are based on commitments to quality and excellence, and all of them lay out strategies for achieving both. Ohio State's Academic Plan is no less exacting. What matters far more than what is said or written, however, is what gets done. As you read the pages of this update, I know we can all take satisfaction and pride in the progress we made this year and will celebrate this rich legacy of achievement.
Karen A. Holbrook