This newsletter for academic leaders is designed to share information of interest to the university community. During summer, we are publishing every other Monday.
Increasing our vaccination rate
We are seeking your help increasing our reported vaccination rate. To support our public health efforts, we are asking students, faculty and staff to voluntarily report if they have been vaccinated.
We know that there are many vaccinated students, faculty and staff for whom we do not currently have data, so any estimates under-represent our true vaccination rate.
Increasing reporting will improve our accuracy and allow us to better support underrepresented portions of our community. We also want to motivate vaccination and reporting now so that we can make decisions in advance of autumn semester.
Please help us promote the following reporting options, and to emphasize the importance of good data to inform our public health response:
- Faculty and staff can report through a simple online form.
- Students can report through the My BuckMD portal managed by Student Life Student Health Services.
We have developed several sample messages that you can use as appropriate in your college, department or support unit. For more information, including FAQs about the reporting process, see safeandhealthy.osu.edu/vaccine.
Thank you for assisting in this vital effort.
Summer classes and Juneteenth
The establishment of Juneteenth as an official university holiday reflects our continued commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Recognizing that the first six-week session of summer term ends today, we shared information directly with faculty members whose classes were cancelled Friday. For more information, see the OAA website.
Congratulations to Dean Ritter
As announced last week, Gretchen Ritter, vice provost and executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been selected to be Syracuse University's vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer. She begins her post at Syracuse on Oct. 1.
Preparations are under way to name an interim dean and to charge a search advisory committee to recommend a permanent replacement. Congratulations to Gretchen!
Student orientation is going strong
Our orientation sessions for incoming students, which are all virtual this year, kicked off June 7, and they are going well so far. At last check, we had 7,645 freshman and 1,604 transfer students sign up (compared with 7,000 and 1,766, respectively, in 2019). Learn more at orientation.osu.edu.
- At 10:30 a.m. Thursday (June 24), Exploring CarmenZoom: The Basics will demonstrate how to set up a Zoom meeting, from creating passwords to recording a class session or lecture.
- At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 30), Exploring CarmenZoom: Engage Your Students will offer tips for gauging student understanding in synchronous Zoom class sessions, including how to use the polling and reaction features.