March 21, 2018

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Following up on my message last week about Academic and Administrative Program Review (AAPR), I am pleased to announce a special General Faculty meeting will be held on Monday, April 9, at noon in 306 King Building. As requested by the General Faculty Council, Brendan Leonard of Stevens Strategy will present at that meeting, providing more detail about AAPR, the role that consultants play, and the work we will be undertaking this spring and beyond.  

The General Faculty Council and I encourage you during and after spring break to make recommendations to your faculty councils, student senators, and senior leadership team of any individuals you believe are appropriate for service on the AAPR steering committee. As mentioned in my email of March 15, which contains more information about forming the steering committee, the GFC will begin reviewing recommendations at its meeting on April 2. The GFC will ultimately select the steering committee shortly thereafter.

Below you will find the Board of Trustees' resolution authorizing the Academic and Administrative Program Review.

Carmen Twillie Ambar
President


Board of Trustees Resolution: 
Approval of Academic and Administrative Program Review

WHEREAS, Oberlin College has a new president, has identified financial challenges, and has identified the need for a comprehensive evaluation of its academic and non-academic programs and services;

RESOLVED, the President will convene a cross-functional team that includes representation from important faculty committees and faculty leaders as well as other stakeholders and will select a consulting firm with expertise and experience in academic and administrative program review to work with the team in conducting a full institutional program review beginning the spring 2018 semester;

FURTHER RESOLVED, the cross-functional team will report to the President its recommendation of the optimal academic and non-academic program mix for the College;

FURTHER RESOLVED, the President, upon consideration of that report will present to the Board of Trustees for its approval her final recommendation of the optimal academic and non-academic program mix for the College by the March 2019 Board meeting;

FURTHER RESOLVED, the Executive Committee recommends that the Board of Trustees approve the aforementioned;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Board of Trustees approves the Executive Committee’s recommendations at a regular meeting on March 9, 2018.