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
Under the leadership of President M. Duane Nellis and Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs, efforts have been made to identify supports and barriers to student success across our campuses.
As part of the Student Success Initiative of the Ohio University Strategic Framework, faculty and staff across the institution are implementing the OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation Plan, an innovative program designed to boost student recruitment by supporting retention, graduation rates, and lifelong career success.
OHIO’s Strategic Framework, adopted in August 2019, continues implementation of 11 strategic initiatives. Two strategic initiatives—reimagining space utilization and digital transformation—have found unexpected challenges and opportunities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new project seeks to identify synergies between the University’s digital transformation and space utilization initiatives and to implement digital technologies that allow employees and students to work and learn virtually. The project combines the efforts of two areas within the Strategy and Innovation Office: University Planning and the Office of Information Technology (OIT).
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.
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.
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.