Ohio University

Framework Themes

We have identified four themes for our new Strategic Framework that will guide our decision-making. By advancing and realizing four themes, we will move our institution in a new direction that is rooted in our history and values but not limited by traditional higher educational models.

Access and Inclusion

Students working in the classroom

We will embody the purpose and promise of public higher education as an engine of social and economic mobility.

Student Success and Transformation


We will challenge and empower our students to discover knowledge in a collaborative learning environment that reaches across disciplines and into the broader community, preparing them to lead in an ever more connected world.

Research and Knowledge Discovery in Support of Vibrant Communities

Engineering students working on a complex machine

We will build on the distinctive strengths of our intellectual community by harnessing research and creative activity that directly connects to the needs and interests of our region, and position OHIO as a leader in creating locally contextualized models that drive national and global solutions.

Sustainable Academic Enterprise

We will reimagine what it means to be a nationally-recognized, comprehensive public university through redesigning structures, reinventing systems, and breaking free of practices that fail to deliver value to our students, our region, our state, and our nation.


By fully realizing this vision, Ohio University will reclaim and reinvent the power and purpose of public higher education and will create a powerful new legacy. We will meet students where they are in their lifelong learning journey and take them further than they knew they were capable of going. We will be a vital partner to our communities and an influential source of discovery and human expression that makes an impact on the world. We, as individuals and as an institution, will be nimble, pivoting quickly and skillfully to meet new learning needs and the needs of our communities. We will pursue new avenues of inquiry as societal needs evolve. Ohio University will lead the new world of higher education and will be seen as a cutting-edge, future-focused institution.