University Community — October 7, 2019

Work on international strategic plan moves to next stage

In April 2019, Ohio State launched an enterprise-wide planning process to reimagine its international role as a modern land-grant university.

Led by a steering committee chaired by Gil Latz, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, and Randy Smith, vice provost for academic programs, Ohio State will develop a five-year international strategic plan that supports and complements the goals outlined in the university’s comprehensive strategic plan, Time and Change.

Chairs and vice-chairs have been appointed for five working groups and are in the process of selecting committee members representing a broad cross-section of the university. The working groups will develop goals, tactics and success metrics around five themes:

  • International education and student experience
  • Internationally significant research
  • Strong international partnerships and collaborations
  • Global operations
  • International reputation and outreach  

The working groups are expected to begin meeting in October and issue their recommendations early next year. The strategic plan will be presented to President Drake and Provost McPheron before the end of the academic year. Pending their approval, the plan will be implemented beginning in summer 2020.

The steering committee is composed of senior leaders from the colleges, regional campuses and administrative units and is being assisted in its work by Gail Marsh, Ohio State’s chief strategy officer, and Robin Helms, an expert on campus internationalization from the American Council on Education.

The Office of Academic Affairs is developing a webpage on the international strategic planning process and will bring it online soon.