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Ohio University Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency seeks input from OHIO community


Ohio University’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency is seeking suggestions and feedback from the OHIO community relating to opportunities for the University to operate more efficiently.  

The OHIO Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency was established in response to an Executive Order signed by Governor John Kasich in February that created a state task force focused on providing recommendations for ways in which state-sponsored institutions of higher education, including four-year universities and two-year community colleges, can be more efficient, offering education of equal or higher value while at the same time decreasing their costs.

"The Governor's goal of making higher education more affordable for Ohio students is a statewide priority and one that Ohio University wholeheartedly embraces,” said President Roderick J. McDavis. “Improving our affordability and efficiency will help to sustain our competitive advantage and ensure that our transformative learning community remains accessible in the years ahead.” 

The Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education will present its report and recommendations Thursday, Oct. 1 in Columbus. OHIO representatives including Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding and Zanesville Campus Dean Jenifer Cushman have presented at the Governor’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency in Higher Education meetings on topics including asset monetization and campus co-location.

OHIO’s Task Force aligns with the state-wide effort while continuing to give emphasis to the University’s broader objective of being the nation's best transformative learning community where students realize their promise, faculty advance knowledge, staff achieve excellence and alumni become global leaders. 

“We’ve been asked to examine our own processes to determine where we can be more efficient,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. “A goal is to contain costs for students and to identify those areas where investment will result in improved delivery of curricula, student programs, and administrative support systems. The Task Force is considering ideas from across all our campuses.”

OHIO’s Task Force, made up of faculty, staff and students, began meeting in the summer to focus on key areas where the University’s current efforts could be complemented by new initiatives as recommended by the state task force. 

Beyond the initial reporting deadline set forth by the state task force, OHIO’s Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency will continue its work in developing and implementing key initiatives that relate to the University’s ability to operate more productively. The University has also engaged Huron Consulting Group to assist in the effort. 

"While the affordability and efficiency initiative is a statewide effort, there are numerous opportunities for each institution to pursue institution specific strategies,” said Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding. “In the coming months, OHIO's Task Force will be sharing those broadly and engaging the campus community in conversations as how best to move forward to achieve our institutional goal of controlling the costs of a higher education for our students."

Members of the OHIO community are asked to submit their own feedback or suggestions to the OHIO Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency via an online suggestion box on the Task Force’s website.