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Board of Trustees agenda for Aug. 22 meeting released

University highlights key topics for discussion, consideration


The Ohio University Board of Trustees will convene for meetings Aug. 22 and hold its annual retreat on Aug. 23 at the Dublin Integrated Education Center (DIEC) on OHIO’s Dublin Campus.

Key meeting agenda items, efforts and initiatives to be discussed between OHIO’s Board and senior leadership during meetings on Aug. 22 include:

OHIO’s online learning strategy
When: Board of Trustees meeting, Aug. 22

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost David Descutner and Senior Vice Provost for Instructional Innovation Brad Cohen will present an update of Ohio University’s online learning strategy as a significant and growing dimension of the University’s teaching mission. The existing plan has served well for the past two years, but the online learning environment is volatile and complex and calls for ongoing consideration.

The presentation will include examples of online learning at OHIO, a review of quality, national trends and OHIO data that show growth and increasing centrality of online learning, and OHIO’s current strategy and its implications.

Governors Taskforce on Affordability and Efficiency, University Progress Report

When: Joint Academics and Resources Committee, Aug 22

University officials will review institutional progress and initiatives against Board approved Affordability and Efficiency Goals in response to the Governor’s Taskforce Recommendations. Materials include updated Cost Diagnostics through FY17. 

Strategic enrollment management
When: Joint Academics and Resources Committee, Aug. 22

University officials will present the scope and process to develop a new Strategic Enrollment Plan expected to be finalized and presented to the BOT in early 2018. This includes a discussion of challenges related to meeting enrollment goals and the ways in which OHIO is using analytics and data to address those challenges.

OHIO’s coordinated response to sexual misconduct
When: Joint Academics and Resources Committee, Aug. 22

Senior Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones and Sara Trower, executive director and Title IX coordinator for University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance, will provide a review and update on OHIO’s campus Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence and Stalking policy.

The update will include a discussion of the University’s comprehensive, coordinated approach in working to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct, relationship violence and stalking, as well as a summary of services and planned service expansion, including expanded capacity to deliver online training.

Reconciliation of state budget to OHIO budget
When: Joint Academics and Resources Committee, Aug. 22

University officials will provide a budget update now that the Ohio General Assembly and Gov. John Kasich have finalized the state budget. The state budget did not change any of the assumptions included in the FY18 OHIO budget as presented to the board, and thus the budgets approved at the June 2017 Board of Trustees meeting are now considered final.

The state budget maintains flat SSI funding and the freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition for FY19, reinforcing the need for realistic enrollment projections and continued discussions regarding the development of a balanced, multi-year budget that maintains academic quality.

Annual Sustainability Update
When: Resources, Facilities and Affordability Committee, Aug. 22

Steve Wood, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management and Safety, will provide the annual sustainability update. Ohio University’s 2012 plan is comprised of 35 benchmarks in the subgroups of built environment, outreach and education, waste reduction, and energy efficiency. During this meeting, administrators will highlight the fact that the University has met, will meet, or will exceed 25 of those benchmarks. Administrators will also share plans to update the 2012 Sustainability Plan.

Additional information, including the full August 2017 OHIO Board of Trustees meeting agenda, is available online at www.ohio.edu/trustees.