A large-scale effort to make earning a degree more accessible, including expansion of online offerings and a targeting of high-demand fields, is the focus of the first public draft of the University of Akron’s next strategic plan.
The university held a campus event Tuesday afternoon for President Gary Miller to present the major themes of the draft, which is slated for completion in June.
Miller said the initial recommendations from a faculty-led committee are “a starting point for a campus discussion.”
“It’s the beginning of what we hope to be a pretty rich and exciting community conversation about where the university should go the next couple years,” he said.
He called the recommendations “forward-leaning” and said they put student success at the forefront.
“It understands our assets, clearly,” Miller said. “And it understands our obligations, and it has plausible ways to move forward using those advantages.”
Miller tasked the Strategic Work Group, made up of more than a dozen educators, with coming up with ways to increase revenue and move the university forward. Some of those items, he said, would require large investments, but many do not.
The committee came up…
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