Following is a legislative update from Sandra A. MacNevin, associate vice president for governmental affairs:
Governor establishes University System of Ohio
In August 2007, Gov. Ted Strickland issued an executive order creating the new University System of Ohio, a statewide higher education system that includes 13 public universities, one medical college, and 23 technical and community colleges. The governor stated that his goals in creating the new college and university system are to increase access and affordability—and enhance quality— at Ohio’s public higher education institutions.
Development of statewide master plan for higher education
In order to achieve these goals, the governor (along with the state legislature) has charged Cabinet member and higher education Chancellor Eric Fingerhut with the task of developing a 10-year, statewide master plan for Ohio’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities. Fingerhut will present his master plan for public higher education to the Ohio legislature by March 31, 2008. It is anticipated that a preliminary draft of the chancellor’s master plan will be made available for review and discussion by this December.
The plan is expected to take into account the unique mission and academic strengths of each of the state’s public colleges and universities. In addition, the mission and academic strengths of each university should be identified and developed in alignment with the work-force and economic-development needs of the communities and regions that each university serves. Finally, quality indicators should be identified and developed so that institutions are able to measure their success in the areas of mission distinctiveness and academic strengths.
Fingerhut will be visiting the BGSU main campus Nov. 7 and 8, at which time we will have the opportunity to learn more about the new University System of Ohio, as well as introduce the chancellor to a number of BGSU’s academic programs and initiatives.
Additional information regarding the new statewide system of higher education is available on the University System of Ohio Web site at www.universitysystem.ohio.gov.
For additional information on the new system of higher education in the state of Ohio, the chancellor’s master plan and the chancellor’s visit to Bowling Green, contact Sandra MacNevin at 2-5301.
October 8, 2007