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RCM open forums update University on transition progress


On Monday and Wednesday of last week, Ohio University hosted two winter quarter forums designed to provide an overview of work that has been done to date on a Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) budgeting model.

At both forums, panels used a PowerPoint presentation detailing the guiding principles, academic quality indicators, revenue attribution, and more. The presentation is posted on the OHIO RCM website at http://www.ohio.edu/provost/rcm/documents.cfm.

Monday's forum was opened by Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. Benoit indicated that the goal of the forum was to provide an introduction to key concepts and some of the thinking behind the emerging elements of the model. She assured those in attendance that the "work continues to be in progress. It continues to evolve."

A panel consisting of Associate Provost for Academic Budget and Planning John Day, Professor of Political Science John Gilliom, University College Dean and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies David Descutner and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Howard Dewald stepped through the PowerPoint presentation and answered questions from attendees.

Descutner in describing the purpose of the draft academic quality indicators stressed that a major part of building the model depended upon the establishment of “guardrails.” These proposed guardrails are designed to ensure that important characteristics relating to academic excellence such as faculty composition, section size, and interdisciplinary programs are closely monitored.

Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding opened Wednesday's forum. The panel included Day, Gilliom, Interim Dean of the Scripps College of Communication Scott Titsworth and Dean of the College of Business Hugh Sherman.

"We're really moving in this direction because we want to rationalize our resource allocation process and we want to incentivize thoughtful growth," said Golding on Wednesday. "We believe we need to be more self-sufficient as we move to the future."

While discussing the guiding principles, Gilliom said, "We worked hard on these as a group. We looked at what other schools were doing, and we worked with the consultants. There is a strong commitment here to transparency."

Each forum lasted one hour. Monday's forum can be viewed here. Wednesday's forum can be viewed here. Additional forums will be held in spring quarter once a draft of the budget model has been completed.