Second strategic planning campus-wide meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020

Video: President Gary L. Miller and Dr. Steve Ash, chair of the Strategic Working Group, discuss the group’s recommendations.

Dr. Miller began his remarks by thanking the members of the Strategic Working Group:

Dr. Steve Ash, College of Business Administration

Ms. Janice Troutman, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Heather Walter, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. David Steer, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Katie Cerrone, College of Applied Sciences & Technology

Dr. Evonn Welton, Lebron James Family Foundation College of Education

Dr. Rebecca Willits, College of Engineering

Dr. Bob Veillette, College of Engineering

Dr. Sheau-Huey Chiu, College of Health Professions

Dr. Aimee deChambeau, University Libraries

Dr. Janet Bean, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Ms. Jolene Lane, Office of Inclusion and Equity

Dr. Kevin Cavicchi, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Mr. John MacDonald, Division of Student Affairs

Ms. Kim Gentile, Office of Admissions

Dr. Jarrod Tudor, Wayne College

Strategic recommendations presented

Digest article posted Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

Dr. Steven Ash at podium with President Miller on the stage

More than 300 members of the University community were on hand for the Strategic Planning Update held Jan. 28 in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Ballroom.

President Gary L. Miller began the event by expressing his gratitude to the members of the Strategic Working Group, chaired by Dr. Steven Ash, seen above at the podium, for their efforts to move forward the Affirming Our Promises – Strategic Planning Process. The faculty-led, community-wide initiative is expected to be presented to the Board of Trustees at its June meeting and will establish a strategic direction for UA for the next several years.

Some audience members at Strategic Planning event

In his turn at the podium, Ash outlined the working group’s four recommendations, based on the members’ review of existing college three-year plans and potential areas of growth. They are:

  • Expand online offerings through a uniquely branded comprehensive Akron Virtual Campus.
  • Direct available resources to high demand degree areas related to business, engineering, technology, and health professions.
  • Develop increased flexibility with more pathways for student success.
  • Capitalize on potential opportunities to generate income through external partnerships with regional businesses.

Janet Bean writes suggestion from colleague on whiteboard

Details related to each strategic theme are available online on the Affirming Our Promises – Strategic Planning Process.

Following the presentation, everyone in the ballroom was invited to share their thoughts and ideas on the recommendations on whiteboards placed around the ballroom.

The sharing will continue online as the next version of the plan is developed by the Drafting and Integration Group. All members of the campus community are invited to share their suggestions and comments.

John McDonald, Jeanette Carson, Jarrod Tudor