Academic Plan Table of Contents
The Ohio State University Academic Plan 2006 Update
2006 Update Executive Summary and Academic Scorecard
Since the inception of the Academic Plan in 2001, The Ohio State University has taken considerable strides toward accomplishing its overarching goals. This year's progress on the plan's six strategies is summarized below.
Strategy 1: Build a World-Class Faculty
- Ohio State hired 48 faculty members at senior rank in 2006-07, nearly half at the rank of professor. The number of major recognitions garnered by our faculty attests to their stature, nationally and internationally.
- Ohio State faculty salaries are within $500 of our benchmarks, compared with a $5,000 gap in 2002.
- The university provided nearly $1 million in 2006, making it possible to fund a number of successful counteroffers.
- New and enhanced programs within Ohio State's comprehensive Plan for Health are promoting the health of our university community as never before.
Strategy 2: Develop Academic Programs That Define Ohio State as the Nation's Leading Public Land-Grant University
- Ten programs expected to spur our institution's rise in national reputation received more than $100 million in central funding from the Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE) initiative. As part of an Ohio Board of Regents program, Ohio State will invest still further in the doctoral programs of the winning TIE units representing the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.
- Interdisciplinary research, teaching, and learning were boosted in 2006 by the establishment of a number of new entities at Ohio State.
- Top quality research space on campus continues to expand. Recent and coming facilities with significant research space include the Physics Research Building, the Psychology Building, the Biomedical Research Tower, the Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory for Mechanical Engineering, Jennings Hall, and Phase II of the Recreation and Physical Activity Center.
Strategy 3: Enhance the Quality of the Teaching and Learning Environment
- Renovation of the Thompson Library began in autumn 2006. A new state-of-the art library facility is expected to open in 2009.
- The classroom pool was expanded with the opening of the Psychology Building and the Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Laboratory for Mechanical Engineering.
- The campus landscape continues to evolve. The reopening of the renovated Wexner Center for the Arts makes the center's exhibits more readily accessible, and the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, the first "green" building on campus, is under construction. Enhancements to the grounds contribute to campus beautification, while providing operational efficiencies. Our four regional campuses have taken steps to enhance and upgrade their facilities.
- In 2006, the campus community gained access to a host of new technologies, including a centrally managed wireless network, the initial stages of the Student Information Systems project, and additional tools to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities.
Strategy 4: Enhance and Better Serve the Student Body
- The undergraduate curriculum is undergoing revision to make it more coherent and flexible. New curricular requirements could begin with the class entering in autumn 2007.
- Under the leadership of a new dean of the Graduate School, steps are being taken to strengthen doctoral education at Ohio State.
- Ohio State now boasts 13 Scholars Programs.
- The Undergraduate Research Office, established last year, is providing students with resources that make research experiences more accessible than ever. The teams of judges for the 2006 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for the first time included a number of corporate professionals.
- Ohio State is increasingly international. Last year we hosted the nation's 10th largest population of international students, and nearly 20% of our undergraduates earned academic credit abroad.
- This academic year, our four regional campuses collectively welcomed nearly 30% of our new first-quarter freshmen and 15% of all Ohio State undergraduates.
- The university has set aside $71 million in financial aid for the 2006-07 academic year to ensure that lower-income students continue to have access to an Ohio State education. The position of senior advisor for economic access has been created to further promote economic diversity and access.
- Increased sponsorship of health insurance and a new program of paid parental leave and other personal and medical absences are among Ohio State's latest efforts to improve compensation and benefits for funded graduate and professional students.
Strategy 5: Create a Diverse University Community
- Eighteen women and 16 minority regular faculty members, three of whom are female, were recruited into senior-level faculty positions during the 2005-06 academic year. The Faculty Hiring Assistance Program will provide $400,000 in 2006-07 to support the hiring of senior women and minority faculty.
- Ohio State now ranks 26th nationally among all institutions for bachelor's degrees awarded to African American undergraduates. Thanks to a number of retention initiatives, undergraduate degrees earned by African American students increased by 6% last year, and the gap in first-year retention between minority and non-minority students narrowed to less than 2%.
- The Bell Resource Center on the African American Male was dedicated in 2006, and its lecture series on Ethics in American Sports was launched.
Strategy 6: Help Build Ohio's Future
- Ohio State researchers received some $12.5 million in the most recent round of State of Ohio Third Frontier awards.
- Ohio State and other stakeholders have joined the city of Columbus in proposing the Route 315 Research and Technology Corridor.
- WOSU Public Media and Columbus's Center for Science and Industry have partnered to create WOSU@COSI, a state-of-the-art digital media center.
- Established at the university research park, the new Metro High School welcomed its first class in autumn 2006. Its science-, mathematics-, and technology-rich curriculum was designed by Ohio State faculty and representatives from Battelle and the Educational Council, a partnership of Franklin Country's 16 school districts. To complement the goals of the school, Ohio State and Battelle have formed the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy to be housed within the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.
- In 2006, the P-12 Project played a leadership role in developing programs for middle schoolers and establishing the first Central Ohio P-16 Council.