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Academic Planning & Strategy Initiative

Provost Sayrs convened the Academic Planning and Strategy group in November 2020. The group comprises faculty members from all colleges as well as representatives of Deans’ Council (see a complete list of participants below). They are leading an academic planning process to envision the academic future of our university and present recommendations by March 1, 2021. The pandemic continues to affect institutions across the country, exacerbating the challenges that higher education faced even before COVID-19 emerged. The work we do this year and our willingness to openly ask fundamental questions about our future and to collaborate to create solutions will be critical to both preserving and refocusing on the core of the university—our academic mission.

The Academic Planning and Strategy group will focus on three areas:

  1. Academic offerings: Are we offering the right courses, programs, and other academic offerings in the right places and modalities to meet the needs, interests, and expectations of current and future students?
  2. Academic structure: Which academic structures help us achieve our mission and priorities? Which impede us?
  3. Academic policy, process, and practice: Which policies, processes, and practices help us achieve our mission and priorities? Which impede us?

The Academic Planning and Strategy group is part of a broader, ongoing academic planning process. In addition to the process outlined above, additional groups have already begun working on other critical academic areas. For example, the International Opportunities Think Tank, chaired by Dr. Purba Das and Dean Donal Skinner, is developing recommendations to increase international research, recruiting, partnerships, and international student support. Discussions with faculty and students over the last two months are coalescing around priority academic actions to become a more inclusive and anti-discriminatory institution. The work of the Academic Planning and Strategy group will intersect with ongoing strategic initiatives, such as digital transformation and student success, in productive ways.

To view a recording of an open session hosted by Provost Sayrs and the co-chairs of the Academic Planning and Strategy subgroups, click here.

To view a recording of the Academic Planning and Strategy Group recommendations open forum from March 31, click here.

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Members of the Academic Strategy and Planning Group

  • Joann Benigno, College of Health Sciences & Professions
  • Merri Biechler, College of Fine Arts
  • Doug Clowe, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Julie Cohara, University College
  • Brad Cohen, Strategy & Innovation Office
  • Sarah Davis, George Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service
  • John Day, Provost’s Office 
  • Sam Dodd, College of Fine Arts
  • Cary Frith, Provost’s Office
  • Gabriel Giordano, College of Business
  • Tim Goheen, Scripps College of Communication
  • Katie Hartman, College of Business
  • Tanya Hire, College of Business, Regional Higher Ed
  • Mary Kate Hurley, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Emmanuel Jean-Francois, Patton College of Education
  • Marcy Keifer Kennedy, Patton College of Education
  • Zaki Kuruppalil, Russ College of Engineering & Technology
  • Beth Longenecker, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Deborah Marinski, College of Arts & Sciences, Regional Higher Ed
  • Deb McAvoy, Russ College of Engineering & Technology
  • John McCarthy, College of Health Sciences & Professions
  • James McKean, University College, Regional Higher Education
  • Renee Middleton, Patton College of Education
  • Char Miller, College of Health Sciences & Professions
  • Laura Myers, Strategy & Innovation Office
  • David Nguyen, Patton College of Education
  • Beth Novak, Honors Tutorial College, Scripps College of Communication
  • Cornelia Patterson, Patton College of Education
  • Ana Rosado Feger, College of Business
  • Nukhet Sandal, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Matthew Shaftel, College of Fine Arts
  • Joseph Shields, Research, Graduate College
  • Loralyn Taylor, Institutional Effectiveness
  • Scott Titsworth, Scripps College of Communication
  • Mark Weinberg, George Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Service
  • Susan Williams, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine