Time and Change

Enable, Empower and Inspire

What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. Our size, breadth, geography, history and standard of excellence position us to drive the future of higher education.

Our strategic plan is a living framework that allows for flexibility moving forward. What is not flexible is our aspiration to be the best university we can be. We owe it to our students, our faculty, our staff and to our community. We owe it to ourselves. And, because we are Ohio State, we owe it to the nation.


Teaching and Learning

Ohio State will be an exemplar of the best teaching, demonstrating leadership by adopting innovative, at-scale approaches to teaching and learning to improve student outcomes.


Access, Affordability and Excellence

Ohio State will further our position as a leading public university offering an excellent, affordable education and promoting economic diversity.


Research and Creative Expression

Ohio State will enhance our position among the top national and international public universities in research and creative expression, both across the institution and in targeted fields — driving significant advances for critical societal challenges.


Academic Health Care

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will continue our ascent as a leading academic medical center, pioneering breakthrough health care solutions and improving people's lives.


Operational Excellence and Resource Stewardship

Ohio State will be an exemplar of best practices in resource stewardship, operational effectiveness, and efficiency and innovation.




Time and Change:
the strategic plan for The Ohio State University

When Ohio State is at its best, we make a real difference in people's lives. The Time and Change strategic plan sets forth the next steps of what it means to be a flagship public university in the 21st century.

Students dancing
Creating opportunities for students
Land Grant Opportunity Scholar Makayla Davis has found her community at Ohio State.
Student waves at graduation
Academic and student experience
Prof. Arnab Nandi, student Ginette Rhodes and alumna and Rhodes Scholar Layla Ujayli share the impact of their Ohio State experiences.
Professor directs anatomy class
Why faculty choose Ohio State
Prof. Norah Zuniga Shaw, Dr. Rama Mallampalli and Prof. Rafael Jimenez-Flores talk about the collegial communities Ohio State has empowered them to create.
Students work in a lab in a video still from the President's strategic plan videos
Ohio State sees scientists as "beacons of truth"
Prof. Rafael Jimenez-Flores says Ohio State gives research scientists the resources needed to study how to make food safe and plentiful worldwide.

Strategic plan resources

Our ambitions are bold because that is the Ohio State way. Our responsibility is great because families in Ohio and beyond require us to be the very best we can be. Our future is bright because we are Buckeyes — and we have 150 years of excellence to help light the way.

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