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Trustees adopt new presidential evaluation process, commit to discuss general education

ATHENS, Ohio (April 14, 2006) -- Ohio University Board of Trustees Chairman Greg Browning commented on two non-agenda items of business that were discussed at the April 14 Board of Trustees meeting in Athens.

"Today, we announced that the Ohio University Board of Trustees has decided to enhance the annual evaluation of our president by adding a new component that makes it a 360 degree process," Browning said.

The board will solicit feedback on President Roderick J. McDavis' performance from the officers of the six constituent groups on campus: Faculty Senate, Chairs and Directors, Administrative Senate, Classified Senate, Student Senate and Graduate Senate. This is the first time that the officers will have an opportunity to participate in President McDavis' evaluation on behalf of their constituent group.

The new evaluation process will be implemented before the next Board of Trustees meeting in June. The change is a result of the Board of Trustees' effort to improve the evaluation process so that it is more inclusive of the entire university community. The board will define the evaluation process and create the mechanism that makes the best use of the input received.

During the meeting, Student Trustee Aslyne Rodgriguez presented ongoing student concerns regarding the General Education curriculum and Tier III courses. In response, board members discussed the need to facilitate excellence in undergraduate education, which is directly tied to the goals of the General Education curriculum and Vision OHIO. Through the strategic planning process, the trustees have heard that enhancing undergraduate education is a key institutional goal. They fully endorse this goal and approved a motion to ask McDavis and Provost Kathy Krendl to work with Faculty Senate and the academic deans to develop a plan to revise the General Education program and provide a progress report at their next meeting.

"Undergraduate education is at the heart of what we do and the board recognizes that we feel that it is really important that we build on quality operations and make it better," Browning said. "This is why we are anxious to have the faculty and administration work together to develop the process of revising the General Education curriculum."

The next Board of Trustees meeting is June 22-23 in Athens.

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