OU-C Dean Martin Tuck will discuss the campus’ strategic priorities, current initiatives and other useful information relevant to the 2012-13 academic year during the campus’ annual fall term opening session at noon on Sept. 12 in Bennett Hall room 110. Members of the campus community are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided.
Members of the Chillicothe Campus community recently discussed the campus’ priorities and strategic direction for moving forward during the annual planning session. Approximately 40 individuals participated in the session at the Adena Mansion. Those in attendance included OU-C campus members, as well as Regional Coordinating Council members.
“OU-C in 2016: Strategic Planning for the Future of the Campus” was the theme of the meeting.
“I want us to look a number of years down the road and make this not just a one-year plan,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said in laying the groundwork for the meeting. “Things change rapidly, and higher education is on the forefront of change. Therefore, we must be able to adapt to changing situations.”
“Strategic plans are not static but are very much fluid documents that position the campus to change with the circumstances,” the dean said.
Dean Tuck took stock of the campus’ current set of circumstances. He noted that OU-C had a record number of more than 500 graduates earning their degrees during the past academic year. With the switch to semesters in fall term 2012, it was anticipated that there would be a particularly large number of graduates last year. While that raises concerns about sustaining enrollment numbers, those concerns have been somewhat allayed by strong numbers at summer orientation sessions. “This is a result of individuals across campus working together,” Dean Tuck said.
Among other positive developments are all hiring searches for the upcoming academic year were successful and an attractive, well-maintained campus. “I am glad that deferred maintenance is not in our vocabulary,” the dean said.
Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Jim Fonseca, who participated in the conference, addressed the state of regional higher education and current initiatives. “Enrollment looks solid and finances are sound,” Fonseca said. “We are looking to expand degree offerings and, with the switch to semesters, we have been able to retain a number of classes that meet twice a week, which is especially appealing to our commuter students. We are looking to facilitate an even smoother transition for students looking to relocate from regional campuses to the Athens campus. Further, there will be a continued emphasis on maintaining the quality of on-line classes.”
The four points of emphasis for OU-C at the campus planning session included:
• Academic Mission
• IT Plan/Facilities
• Communication Plan
• Budget Process
Breakout groups were formed to discuss each area of emphasis and suggest overarching objectives to be pursued in each area, laying the groundwork for the drafting of strategic action plans for the near future.
“This is the first step in the strategic planning process, and we are taking broad brush strokes at this time,” Dean Tuck said. “With rapid changes in the job market, it is important that we provide a well-rounded education for our students. We need to focus on making them well-educated individuals rather than just train them for particular careers.”
Further conversations will be held as more specific plans are drafted, implemented and evaluated.
The dean also shared his goals and priorities for the 2012-13 academic year in a PowerPoint presentation.
Among his priorities for the upcoming academic year are:
• Support existing academic programs
• Student recruitment and retention
• Continued recruitment of faculty and staff members
• Programs and functions of the Technology and Business Development Center
• “The Promise Lives” capital campaign
• See the campus strategic planning process to completion
“What we have done today is just a beginning step in the strategic planning process,” Dean Tuck said. “This is a living document. Rather than something that sits on a shelf and gathers dust, this is meant to be relevant and serve to guide the functioning of the campus, and we will continue to review and revise plans as we move forward.”