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The Ohio State University Academic Plan 2005 Update

Message from the President

As president of The Ohio State University, it is my pleasure to share the 2005 update to the university's Academic Plan, which outlines our vision, mission, values, and goals for the future. Approved by the Board of Trustees in 2001, the Academic Plan is a 10-year vision founded on six strategies for moving Ohio State ahead as a great teaching and research university.

We're now at the halfway mark of the Academic Plan's timetable. As this update confirms, The Ohio State University is indeed on the move. The National Science Foundation ranks Ohio State among the nation's top 10 public research universities on the basis of funded research, and U.S. News & World Report again has named Ohio State the state's best public university and one of the nation's top-ranked public institutions. We have advanced one spot from last year to 21st among the nation's top 50 public universities in the magazine's special edition on America's best colleges, and from 24th two years ago. Thirteen of 17 measured specialties of the OSU Medical Center are ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News, and our Ross Heart Hospital is the only ranked heart program in central Ohio. We are serving the citizens of our state in countless other ways as well. As just one example, Ohio State has partnered with Battelle Memorial Institute and the city of Columbus to create an Urban Arts Center in downtown Columbus.

Given these accomplishments, it is scarcely surprising that another measure of confidence in this institution is that we have come to rank eighth in the country among public universities for private giving.

Clearly, the careful planning and hard work of so many have led us to achieve the levels of excellence that characterize an internationally preeminent public research university. At the same time, we are fulfilling our critical mission of service to the citizens of the state of Ohio. I count myself fortunate to have the privilege of serving as your president at this auspicious time in the university's history. I know you will take pride, as I do, in the progress reported in this 2005 update to our Academic Plan.


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Karen A. Holbrook

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