Creative spirits. The Wexner Center for the Arts announced the beneficiaries of its Artist Residency Awards — commissioning 20 short films by 20 filmmakers from around the world and supporting new projects in the visual and performing arts. This marks the 30th anniversary year for the center, an internationally renowned destination for creative expression in contemporary art.
Going for the gold. Ohio State's Columbus campus achieved a gold rating within the national Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. The university received high marks in the academic and water management categories thanks to its sustainability research and a focus on integrating environmental, social and economic goals into operational processes.
Uplifting Buckeyes. President Michael V. Drake announced the findings of a new economic impact analysis showing that Ohio State generates $15.2 billion annually for the state — more than $1.735 million every hour. Ohio State's research enterprise, medical complex, construction projects, athletics events and status as Ohio's fourth-largest employer combined to support more than 123,000 jobs.
Speaking of jobs ... Of the 84 in-demand jobs requiring a bachelor's degree identified by the state of Ohio, the university's spring graduates accepted employment in 98% of those areas. It is the third consecutive year that this percentage has been above 90%. Ohio State is ranked No. 17 in the nation overall and No. 2 among U.S. public universities for graduate employability.
Breaking (and re-breaking) records. Ohio State has seen university highs in a number of important areas in recent years, including applications, academic excellence and diversity, graduation rates, donor support, research expenditures, sponsored research awards and more. Ohio State's faculty also had a record-breaking year. Broadly, 159 awards and recognitions were reported — a new high up 14% over the previous year.