Sep 21, 2011
Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis joined Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit on Monday to speak with Faculty Senate about the new academic year and the changes ahead.
McDavis first spoke about the Enterprise University Plan* proposal developed by Chancellor Jim Petro. The plan would create three options for public universities in Ohio. They could stay as they are, become enterprise universities or become international enterprise universities. Each option offers different advantages and requirements.
"We've not taken a position on this proposal yet," said McDavis. He continued, "The process for this now moves to the General Assembly."
Later, McDavis answered questions about the specifics of the program, but offered caution that the proposal will most likely change as it winds through the General Assembly.
"I’m the messenger, and this is a proposal," he said. "If you'd like to know more, I point you to Virginia and Colorado. Those were the two states used [as models] in the development of the Chancellor’s proposal."
He also touched on the seven strategic investments that will be made this year and that will guide OHIO's priorities. These had previously been discussed during the Faculty and Staff Convocation.
The priorities include recruiting new the best new faculty possible to education OHIO students; investing in new academic programs to keep the University competitive in a changing world; increase both merit-based and need-based scholarships to keep OHIO affordable; expand student services and programs, like Learning Communities; upgrades to the University's information technology infrastructure; and to continue to support OHIO's community-based outreach programs.
McDavis offered an update on Ohio University's capital campaign.
"We have already raised $375 million; that's 85 percent of our goal," he said.
In its next step, there will be a two-day summit later this week to discuss campaign goals for academic units and other units across campus. It will bring together deans, directors and volunteers.
"This will lift all our university," said McDavis.