The Ashland University Board of Trustees passed a number of forward-looking items at its meetings that were held on campus on Jan. 28 and 29, 2016. The board approved:
1) the University’s new Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.
“On behalf of the Strategic Planning Committee, we are pleased to present Ashland University's new Strategic Plan, titled Ashland Rising 2020,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo. “This ‘Tier One’ of our three-tiered planning approach was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees.”
Dr. Campo said the Unit Plans will be developed in the months ahead, as planning committees for each of the five “Pillars of Distinction” are being formed. Key Performance Indicators will be developed for on-going monitoring and continuous improvement.
This process, which began on July 22 with "Foundational Sessions" led by Straight Path Management's Matt Breitenberg, included hundreds of AU-ATS students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and Trustees.
This “living framework” will direct the University’s efforts over the next five years, emphasizing AU’s philosophy of Accent on the Individual through these five pillars - Academic Excellence; Our Unique Christian Identity; Exemplary Fiscal Practices; A Healthy, Safe and Supportive Campus Environment; and Enhanced Community Engagement.
2) the University’s new 45-hour Core Curriculum.
Ashland University adopted a revised Core Curriculum with the most significant changes since the Core was established in 2000. Passed by the Faculty Senate and unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees, the new Core provides a more unified educational experience by focusing clearly on fundamental questions in every area of knowledge -- science, arts, humanities, social sciences, culture -- and on important skills like reading, writing, thinking, and speaking. With this shared experience, Ashland students will acquire even more of the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life and succeed in their professions.
A Faculty Senate committee will now begin work on developing the Core Curriculum for the College of Online and Adult Studies courses.
3) a $150 tuition increase at the undergraduate level. Tuition remains among the most affordable in the state for private institutions.
This increase, which represents a less than 1 percent increase, is a reflection of the University’s commitment to keep costs low and affordable for all students.
The board also learned that the institution is tracking ahead of budget projections in part because revenue is tracking ahead of what was projected at this time, which is a reflection of meeting the enrollment targets across the institution; and received an update on the search for new academic deans in the Schar College of Education and the Dauch College of Business and Economics.