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
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.
In this new role, Pennington will continue to serve along with Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer Dr. Brad Cohen as co-lead for the One OHIO strategy, to advance the goals outlined in the Fearlessly First Strategic Framework.
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is seeking an outside partner to assist in completing a holistic analysis of the student journey at OHIO in order to better deliver the digital experience students demand throughout their engagement with the University. OIT is also launching key elements of the new IT Governance framework.
Academic programs are currently being identified to participate in the 2021 cohort of the OHIO Guarantee+ Graduation Plan. OHIO has committed to offering the Guarantee+ Graduation Plan to all undergraduate students on all campuses by Fall of 2022.
As part of the One OHIO administrative realignment process, Ohio University recently announced that all facilities personnel and functions will be aligned under University Facilities Management and Safety, reporting to Chief Facilities Management Officer Steve Wood.
Progress has been made to finalize key recommendations of the RHE Study Committee. Two significant recommendations were presented to and approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2020 and will move into implementation this spring semester: regional higher education program alignment and RHE faculty alignment.
On Monday, February 3, Ohio University’s Faculty Senate voted to approve a Resolution to Reimagine General Education. The Faculty Senate vote followed a similar resolution approving the reimagined general education passed by the University Curriculum Council on January 21, 2020, and a resolution endorsing a reimagined general education pass by the Student Senate in December 2019. The Resolution approved revisions to OHIO’s general education statements of intent and curriculum.
Ohio University has selected Truth & Consequences, a Philadelphia-based branding and marketing agency, to partner with OHIO on the development of a clearly articulated brand promise and messaging strategy that will unify external messaging. The agency will be on campus for an initial visit Feb. 12-14 to engage with representative groups of students, faculty and staff with the goal of presenting brand concepts late in the spring semester.
The work to reimagine space utilization and the university’s footprint is now underway under the leadership of initiative co-leads College of Arts and Sciences Dean Florenz Plassman, Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina, Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Dean of the Graduate College Joe Shields, and Associate Vice President for University Planning Shawna Bolin. As part of this work, the group worked with University Planning on a preliminary analysis that identified several focus areas that need further review and that require broad engagement and input.