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Vision OHIO in action
Founders Day poster session provides opportunity to learn about progress toward strategic planning goals

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 29, 2007) -- Chairs and co-chairs of the 10 Vision OHIO implementation teams will share news of their progress with the university community as part of the upcoming Founders Day Celebration. Updates on the status of these strategic university priorities will be available through an informational poster session on Friday, Feb. 2, in the second-floor Multipurpose Room in Baker University Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"The session is not only about what the priorities are in each of the areas, but what has happened since the recommendations were made," said Charlene Smith, associate provost for program implementation. "There has been considerable progress."

In fact, Smith said that during the last year 26 of the 76 recommendations named as priorities by the Executive Implementation Team have been completed or are in committee for review. Attendees can expect to hear highlights of progress toward goals ranging from increasing learning communities, to recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty, to developing a universitywide honor code. 

"Some people may think Vision OHIO was a big document we put together and it's sitting on a shelf somewhere," said Marjorie DeWert, director of Academic Technology and co-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability Implementation Team. "Well it isn't. We developed recommendations and we've taken action. It's exciting."

DeWert sais she hopes the session will encourage dialogue about the recommendations, progress and future plans. 

"My hope is the members of the university community would treat the session like a poster session at a conference," DeWert said. "I'd cruise around the room and look at all the options and see what I want to find more about and go talk with those people."

Asking questions about the recommendations and efforts related to them is the purpose of the event, said David Ingram, professor of physics and astronomy and co-chair of the Undergraduate Priorities Implementation Team. 

Ingram also said he thinks the poster session is a good way to keep up to date with what's happening related to Vision OHIO and how it might affect attendees. As the groups delve into the recommendations -- which include projects such as developing learning outcomes for all courses and improving the academic challenge of first-year courses -- more and more faculty members will be tapped for their involvement.

"They're going to be asked do things by their department chair," he said. "This is an opportunity for them to get some background on what they'll be asked to do."

The poster session is part of Founders Day, an observance that honors Ohio University's rich history, celebrates the current contributions of individuals who make it an outstanding academic institution and looks ahead to a vibrant future. Held Friday, Feb. 2, the day's events are free and open to all. Additional highlights will include a ceremony recognizing faculty and students who have won nationally competitive awards in the past year and an evening lecture by the winner of this year's Distinguished Professor Award.

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