Strategic Framework News & Updates
As we move our Fearlessly First Strategic Framework forward, we are committed to clear and transparent communication with our university community as well as our stakeholders across the globe. You’ll find here the latest updates for progress on our strategic initiatives.
We also invite you to submit your feedback and ideas through our online Q&A. We will be hosting monthly engagement opportunities beginning in January 2020, and you will find those announced here as well.
All News & Updates
Amplifying research, scholarship and creative activity is a key strategic initiative of Ohio University. Over the last year, the University has made notable progress on major goals in this area, and also successfully responded to immediate needs brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio University announced in 2019 that digital transformation would be one of its strategic initiatives over the next several years. The initiative includes efforts to increase effectiveness and efficiency through the adoption of new collaboration and automation tools. The global COVID-19 pandemic accelerated that effort, as many Ohio University employees transitioned to remote office work and online teaching. Demand rose for digital tools and services.
University Advancement has primary responsibility for Priority Initiative:
Increase Alumni and Corporate Engagement and Coordination. As a support unit, University Advancement’s work to advance this initiative will be informed by funding goals and priorities identified by OHIO’s academic leadership, colleges, and units.
Three Ohio University Honors Tutorial College students were selected as 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars in March. The announcement marked the first time since 2008 that Ohio University has had this many students receive the scholarship—considered the most prestigious national award for undergraduate STEM research—in one year.
Ohio University alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students and partners donated $49,888,642 through The Ohio University Foundation in fiscal year 2020 in support of the University’s mission, vision and future, surpassing OHIO’s $30 million fundraising goal.
Ohio University has been designated a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. This designation for institutions acknowledges their commitment to fostering first-generation college student achievement. As a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, OHIO joins an elite community of higher education professionals who are focused on continuing the success of and improving experiences for first-generation college students across the nation.
Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation are launching a new scholarship program that will pair University funding with donor support to double the impact of private gifts while providing immediate financial assistance to undergraduate students throughout the OHIO community.
David Collins, BSC ’89, the Emmy Award-winning creator of “Queer Eye” (Netflix) and “Legendary” (HBO Max), was slated to return to campus in April as the keynote speaker for Pride Graduation, an annual ceremony honoring LGBTQ+ graduates. When University events went virtual this year, Collins chose to send a video message during Pride Month that represents his “deep and enduring affection for Ohio University, and for the LGBTQ+ community in particular,” said Dr. Jan Huebenthal, assistant director of the LGBT Center.
Ohio University announced the creation of a new test-optional admission pathway today, permanently suspending the requirement of standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) for incoming first-year students on the Athens campus. Applicants now can choose on the application whether standardized test scores should be considered as one of many factors considered during the holistic review of their application. The new option does not ban the use of scores; applicants still may choose to submit ACT or SAT scores for consideration if they wish, but there is no negative impact for choosing to not submit a standardized test score.
Ohio University and The Ohio University Foundation have established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Fund in response to the June 4 call from the president of North Central University, Scott Hagan, who asked universities to consider creating this scholarship during Mr. Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis.