YSU panel seeks public input

By Harold Gwin

by harold gwin



A Youngstown State University Academic Senate committee believes that an urban research university and the urban location it serves are made stronger and more competitive through their links with each other.

Working from that basis, the Academic Research Committee is seeking to define just what is an “urban research university.”

Ohio’s 10-year Strategic Plan for Higher Education stipulates that YSU will be an urban research university, but the plan doesn’t spell out exactly what that means.

YSU President-elect Cynthia Anderson has said that defining the term must be the responsibility of YSU’s academic division.

Chet Cooper, chairman of YSU’s Academic Senate, said it is up to the Senate to handle that task, and, earlier this week, its Academic Research Committee presented a draft of that definition for full Senate review.

Frank Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and committee chairman, said a final version will be presented to the Senate for a vote April 7.

In the meantime, the committee is looking for feedback on the draft version, he said, urging Senate members to share it with the campus community.

Cooper said the final determination of the definition rests with the Senate. Further approval by the university won’t be required, he said.

The draft document states that the university serves as a resource to improve the quality of life and the economic betterment of the entire region, be it rural or urban, and forms the major regional conduit to the global community.

Accordingly, as an urban research university, YSU faculty and students participate in scholarship that enriches teaching and engages with local and global communities, the report said.

YSU, as an urban research university, will focus on three core principles:

Engaged with Community: YSU is committed to seeking joint benefit through shared information and resources, recognizing there is expertise in the community.

Scholars/Teachers: Faculty scholarship is integrated into classroom learning activities and facilitates undergraduate and graduate student research.

Strong Academic Programs: The institution will invest in new academic programs that will augment YSU’s existing research-related skill base.

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