Affordability and
Accessibility

Affordability and Accessiblity

 

DEI

Group Synopsis

The dual themes of affordability and accessibility emerge naturally from Ottawa University’s history, mission, and values. As we set strategic priorities for the coming years, we are called to redefine affordability by balancing the costs we impose with the educational value we provide, to fulfill our promise to prepare students for lives of “personal significance” and “vocational fulfillment.” At the same time, we must reaffirm our commitment to accessibility in higher education, responding to early twenty-first century realities like discrimination and income inequality.

This group is focused on:

  • How might we better understand and address the evolving needs of our students and their families, improve our students’ academic success and cocurricular experiences, reduce social and financial barriers, embrace diversity, foster inclusion, and contribute to the public good?
  • How do we ensure that all students—across the institution—have equitable access to career development, writing support, full-time faculty presence, library resources, tutoring, and mentoring?

Bullet Points:

  • Create a more sustainable budget
  • Create and strengthen academic support programs alongside instruction
  • Increase the value of students' experience
  • Embrace diversity and practice inclusion
  • Reduce barriers students and their families face (i.e. financial barriers)

Working Group Members

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Karen Ohnesorge, PhD

Karen Ohnesorge, PhD

FACILITATOR, Affordability and Accessibility Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Professor of English

Sarah Eberle

Sarah Eberle

FACILITATOR, Affordability and Accessibility Working Group (Strategic Planning)

Dean of Student Affairs, OUAZ

Brittney Kellar

Brittney Kellar

Assistant Athletic Director, OUAZ

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Andy Otto

Andy Otto

Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions, OUKS

Mary Reed

Mary Reed

Associate Director of Financial Aid, OUAZ

Destini Salas

Destini Salas

OUKS Undergraduate Student

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee

Bruce Tate

Bruce Tate

Associate Director of Athletics

Coordinator of Student-Athlete Success

Nancy Wingert

Nancy Wingert

Executive Vice President, OU Online

Member, Strategic Planning Steering Committee