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Academic action plan committee seeks input

Oct. 8, 2007

By Anita Martin

The university's Five-Year Academic Action Plan Committee will host four open forums, visit constituent senate meetings and launch an interactive Web site to seek input as it formulates recommendations on the implementation of Vision OHIO goals.

The committee is charged with refining the Vision OHIO implementation plan that President Roderick J. McDavis introduced in draft form to the Board of Trustees in August. At the time the draft was submitted, McDavis noted it would require a more thorough review by faculty, staff and students when classes resumed this fall.

The Five-Year Academic Action Plan Committee will focus on the implementation plan's 76 specific action steps intended to achieve six broad Vision OHIO goals: strengthening undergraduate education; enhancing graduate and professional education and research; improving the quality and diversity of faculty, staff and students; enriching the campus environment; fortifying the technological and financial infrastructure; and enhancing national prominence. 

As the committee seeks comment on the substance of the draft plan, the university's Budget Planning Council will review the accompanying financial plan prepared by the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The draft academic action plan includes $30 million in proposed investments in fiscal years 2008 through 2012 to achieve its goals.

"We are asking the entire university community to provide us with feedback on the plan," said Charles McWeeny, chair of the committee and dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Input from different perspectives will help refine the plan to serve the various constituencies on campus."

Open forums are set for:

  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Baker University Center Theatre
  • 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Baker University Center Theatre
  • 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct.  26, Baker University Center 240 in (with regional campus participation via Web cam)
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Baker University Center Theatre

McWeeny said the committee has been expanded to 17 members and now includes -- in addition to Faculty Senate Chair Sergio Lopez-Permouth, professor of mathematics and an original member -- Vice Chair David Thomas, professor of film; At-Large Senator Tracy Leinbaugh, associate professor of counseling and higher education; Faculty Senate Finance and Facilities Chair Joseph McLaughlin, associate professor and chair of English; and Faculty Senate Educational Policy and Student Affairs Chair David Ingram, professor of physics and astronomy.

Other members include Dominic Barbato, president of Graduate Student Senate; Brice Bible, chief information officer; George Cheripko, chair of Classified Senate; Dan Evans, executive dean for University Outreach and Regional Campuses; Howard Lipman, vice president for university advancement; Brenda Noftz, chair of Administrative Senate; Ben Ogles, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business; Kent Smith, vice president for student affairs; Tim Vonville, president of Student Senate; and David Descutner, ex-officio member, interim executive vice provost.

Available committee members will attend upcoming constituent senate meetings and this morning's monthly meeting of chairs and directors.

A Web site is expected to launch this week to provide information about the plan, with sections relating to each university unit. The site also will include discussion boards, links and relevant documents.

The Action Plan Committee will incorporate its recommendations into a summary document, due Nov. 15 to Executive Vice President and Provost Kathy Krendl. Krendl will assess the results and form final recommendations that, along with the Budget Planning Council report, will go to McDavis in late November. A final draft will be presented to the Board of Trustees in December.

Updated at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007 to add Web site URL.

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