2016-17 Annual Report – The University of Toledo

2016-17 Annual Report – The University of Toledo

October 18, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


Gaber: The state of The University of Toledo
is strong. And we have the potential to be even stronger. Voice over: WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES… 2016-17 MARKED A TURNING POINT AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF TOLEDO… ENROLLMENT INCREASED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN
SIX YEARS. STRATEGIC PLANS WERE CREATED TO GROW THE UNIVERSITY. A RENEWED FOCUS ON CELEBRATING RESEARCH HELPED
THE COMMUNITY BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FACINATING STUDIES UNDERWAY ON OUR CAMPUSES. PLUS … UT BROKE ITS OWN RECORD FOR THE NUMBER
OF GRADUATING MEDICAL STUDENTS WHO CHOSE TO STAY IN TOLEDO FOR THEIR RESIDENCIES TO CARE
FOR OUR NEIGHBORS. AND THAT’S ONLY PART OF THE STORY… Gaber: As a vital contributor to the Toledo
metropolitan area, UT plays a key role in generating income, developing human capital
and supporting the region’s economy.” Voice over: UT’S NEW ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY
SHOWS THE UNIVERSITY CONTRIBUTES 3.3 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE REGION! THE STUDY CHARTS UNIVERSITY, STUDENT, VISITOR
AND EMPLOYEE SPENDING AND ITS RIPPLE EFFECT … AND HIGHLIGHTS THE LONG-TERM CONTRIBUTION
UT ALUMNI AND FACULTY LIVING IN THE AREA MAKE TO THE REGION. UT IS THE TOP-RANKED INSTITUTION IN THE REGION
FOR SOCIAL MOBILITY … AND SECOND IN OHIO. THE UNIVERSITY’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE REGION
WILL CONTINUE TO INCLUDE CARING FOR OUR NEIGHBORS. THIS YEAR PRESIDENT GABER ANNOUNCED THAT UTMC
WOULD REMAIN A TEACHING HOSPITAL TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. THE HOSPITAL’S EXCEPTIONAL CARE BRINGS A
FOCUS ON FAMILY MEDICINE, ORTHOPAEDICS AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. IT IS SUPPORTING THE FIGHT AGAINST THE DEADLY
OPIOD EPIDEMIC SWEEPING THE STATE … IN MARCH, UTMC OPENED THE FIRST SUBSTANCE
ABUSE DETOX CENTER HOUSED IN A HOSPITAL IN OUR REGION. THE HOSPITAL’S EFFORTS TO IMPROVE PATIENT
SATISFACTION AND HEALTH-CARE QUALITY ARE SHOWING VISIBLE RESULTS. UTMC WAS NAMED AMONG THE COUNTRY’S BEST
TEACHING HOSPITALS FOR PREVENTING CENTRAL LINE INFECTIONS IN THE ICU. PATIENT SATISFACTION IS AT A SIX-YEAR HIGH. AND THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN PLACED UTMC
AMONG THE TOP 100 HOSPITALS IN LGBTQ HEALTH-CARE EQUALITY. UTMC IS THE ONLY MEDICAL FACILITY IN THE REGION
TO EARN THE DISTINCTION. Gaber: Little by little, our individual actions
are collectively and cumulatively leading to significant progress. Voice over: WITH STUDENTS AT THE CENTER OF
ALL THAT WE DO, DOCTOR GABER HELPED LAY THE FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE GROWTH WITH THE DEVELOPMENT
OF MULTIPLE PLANS: THE STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT PLAN … THE MULTIPLE-CAMPUS
MASTER PLAN … AND THE STRATEGIC PLAN. WHILE PLANNING WAS ONGOING … DOCTOR GABER
MAPPED OUT FIVE CALLS TO ACTION TO MOVE THE UNIVERSITY FORWARD. FIRST ON THE LIST WAS TO RAISE UT’S NATIONAL
AND REGIONAL STANDINGS… SEVERAL OF THE UNIVERSITY’S PROGRAMS EARNED
NATIONAL RANKINGS, INCLUDING THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN NURSING, THE SURGICAL RESIDENCY
PROGRAM, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MASTER’S PROGRAM AND THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORAL
PROGRAM THE U-T COLLEGE OF LAW AND THE JUDITH HERB
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION BOTH MOVED UP IN THE U-S NEWS AND WORLD REPORT BEST GRADUATE SCHOOLS’
EDITION. Gaber: We have significantly increased our
communications at the University, and we have strengthened our marketing to better tell
our story. TV reporter: UT has 12.5 million dollars of
active research right now on water quality. Voice over: IN FISCAL YEAR 2017 … UT WAS
IN THE NEWS MORE THAN 26,000 TIMES … INCLUDING BOTH LOCAL AND NATIONAL MEDIA. UT STUDENTS MADE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES FOR
VARIOUS RESEARCH INITIATIVES… INCLUDING FINDING THE FIRST DIRECT PROOF OF
INVASIVE ASIAN CARP REPRODUCTION IN A GREAT LAKES TRIBUTARY … AND DISCOVERING A STAR. UT’S STORY IS REACHING A GROWING AUDIENCE. DR. GABER STRENGTHENED TIES TO TOLEDO’S AFRICAN
AMERICAN AND LATINO COMMUNITIES AND SHE LAUNCHED INFORMAL BREAKFAST WITH THE PRESIDENT MEETINGS
FOR FACULTY AND STAFF. IT WAS A TRANSFORMATIONAL YEAR FOR OUR STUDENTS
AND STUDENT-ATHLETES, AS WELL. THE UT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WON THE MAC
CHAMPIONSHIP AND EARNED A TRIP TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 16 YEARS. IN THE CLASSROOM … THE FOOTBALL, MEN’S
BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, WOMEN’S GOLF AND WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAMS EACH RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE
MAC FOR ACADEMICS. DR. GABER HAS BEEN SELECTED TO SERVE AS THE MAC’S
REPRESENTATIVE ON THE NCAA DIVISION 1 PRESIDENTIAL FORUM, AND SHE IS MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION
OF HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE UT PRESIDENTIAL FACULTY FELLOWSHIP. Gaber: A degree from UT can make all the difference
in a person’s life, and it is an exceptional value all the way around. Voice over: UT’S SECOND PRIORITY CALLS FOR
AN INCREASE ENROLLMENT, RETENTION AND STUDENT PREPAREDNESS. THE ULTIMATE GOAL: GRADUATION. LAST FALL, ENROLLMENT INCREASED FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN SIX YEARS… PLUS … UT SAW A BOOST IN SPRING ENROLLMENT
… UP 372 STUDENTS FROM THE SAME TIME THE PREVIOUS YEAR … AND BROUGHT IN STUDENTS
WITH HIGER GPA’S AND ACT SCORES. UT’S ACADEMIC AFFILIATION WITH PROMEDICA
OFFERS MORE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEDICAL STUDENTS AND HAS ATTRACTED FIVE NATIONALLY
KNOWN DEPARTMENT CHAIRS AND FACULTY LEADERS TO THE UNIVERSITY. MORE FUTURE DOCTORS ARE STAYING IN TOLEDO
AS A RESULT. AT MATCH DAY, 27 FOURTH-YEAR UT MEDICAL STUDENTS
… A RECORD NUMBER … CHOSE TO PURSUE THEIR RESIDENCES RIGHT HERE IN TOLEDO. THE UNIVERSITY HAS A STRONG COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION … THIS PAST YEAR THE DIVERSITY OFFICE GREATLY
EXPANDED PROGRAMMING FOR ALL STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES. MOST RECENTLY … UT PARTNERED WITH DANA … A
FORTUNE-FIVE-HUNDRED COMPANY … FOR A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM TO ENTICE MORE UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS
TO PURSUE CAREERS IN ENGINEERING. Gaber: We’ve also introduced new policies
to better support student success and enliven our campuses, like requiring second-year undergraduate
students to live on Main Campus beginning fall 2017. Voice over: AS UT HEADS INTO 2017-18 … THIS
DIVERSE, VIBRANT UNIVERSITY WILL ROLL OUT A 15-WEEK SEMESTER AIMED AT INCREASING LEARNING
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. WITH A FOCUS ON SAFETY AND COMMUNITY, DR. GABER CREATED A TASK FORCE ON SEXUAL ASSAULT
AWARENESS AND PREVENTION AND INSTITUTED ANTI-HARASSMENT AND ETHICS TRAINING FOR ALL EMPLOYEES. DOCTOR GABER’S THIRD PRIORITY … TO INCREASE
EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH … IS ADVANCING OUR KNOWLEDGE THROUGH DISCOVERY. IN 2016-17 … NEW COMPETITIVE RESEARCH DOLLARS
INCREASED MORE THAN THIRTY FIVE PERCENT. UT IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF WATER QUALITY RESEARCH
TO PROTECT OUR GREAT LAKES. UT ECOLOGIST AND ALGAE EXPERT DOCTOR THOMAS
BRIDGMAN’S RESEARCH ON HARMFUL ALGAL BLOOMS WAS RECENTLY NAMED BY THE JOURNAL OF GREAT
LAKES RESEARCH AS ONE OF ITS FIVE MOST HIGHLY CITED PAPERS FOR NEARLY THREE YEARS. UT BIOLOGIST DOCTOR KATHRYN EISENMANN FOUND
A POTENTIAL WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF A BRAIN CANCER. UT BIOLOGIST DOCTOR RAFAEL GARCIA-MATA WAS
AWARDED THREE CONSECUTIVE GRANTS FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH FOR GROUNDBREAKING
RESEARCH IN CANCER. AND WHEN IT COMES TO MOVING IDEAS FROM THE
LAB TO THE REAL WORLD … THE UNIVERSITY RANKS IN THE TOP-100 NATIONALLY. DOCTOR GABER’S FOURTH CALL TO ACTION WAS
TO INCREASE PHILANTHROPHY AND FUNDRAISING. UT ENDED THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH FUNDRAISING
AT A NINE-YEAR HIGH… SEVERAL GENEROUS ALUMNI OFFERED ONE-MILLION-DOLLAR
GIFTS … ONE FOR AN ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP IN ACCOUNTING … ANOTHER FOR THE CONSTRUCTION
OF A NEW BASKETBALL OFFICE IN SAVAGE ARENA … AND A THIRD TO SUPPORT TEACHER EDUCATION. OUR UNIVERSITY FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS
GAVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY YEAR-ROUND. HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS FIXED UP YARDS AND
HOMES IN SURROUNDING NEIGBHORHOODS AT THE BI-ANNUAL BIG EVENT. EVERY MONDAY … RAIN OR SHINE … MEDICAL
STUDENTS MANNED THE MOBILE MEDICAL UNIT TO VISIT UNDERSERVED AREAS OF TOLEDO TO DELIVER
FOOD AND BASIC HEALTH CARE. AND THE LARGEST STUDENT-RUN PHILANTHROPY EVENT
… THE 13-HOUR DANCE MARATHON CALLED ROCKETHON … REACHED A MILESTONE IN ITS 16TH YEAR RAISING
ITS MILLIONTH DOLLAR FOR LOCAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE. THE FIFTH AND FINAL PRIORITY WAS TO ENSURE
A UT EDUCATION REMAINS AFFORDABLE. THE UNIVERSITY INSTILLED STRONGER FINANCIAL
STEWARDSHIP … WHILE ATTRACTING STUDENTS WHO ARE BETTER ACADEMICALLY PREPARED. UT HAS WORKED HARD TO REDUCE EXPENSES AND
INCREASE REVENUE. WITH LESS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE STATE
… THE UNIVERSITY HAS LAUNCHED SEVERAL INITIATIVES TO TIGHTEN ITS BELT, INCLUDING VOLUNTARY SEPARATION
INCENTIVE PROGRAM AND A NEW WINTER BREAK SCHEDULE. IN 2016-17, UT HONORED ITS PAST … BY RETURNING
COMMENCEMENT BACK TO THE GLASS BOWL … 2017 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER CHRISTINE BRENNAN,
AN AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR, WAS NAMED UT’S FIRST NATIONAL TRUSTEE. THE STUDENT UNION WAS NAMED AFTER DOCTOR LANCELOT
THOMPSON … UT’S FIRST, FULL-TIME AFRICAN-AMERICAN PROFESSOR AND VICE PRESIDENT. 2017-18 MARKS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR UT TO
REACH FOR THE STARS. NEW LEADERS HAVE BEEN RECRUITED TO THE UNIVERSITY
TO BUILD ON OUR MOMENTUM AND POSITION US FOR CONTINUED GROWTH. FRESHLY ARMED WITH A STRATEGIC PLAN DEVELOPED
WITH STRONG COLLABORATION ACROSS OUR CAMPUSES, A MULTIPLE-CAMPUS MASTER PLAN, AND A STRATEGIC
ENROLLMENT PLAN WE WILL ENHANCE THE UNIVERSITY DURING THE NEXT DECADE … … AS STUDENTS DELVE INTO HANDS-ON TRAINING
AND RESEARCH … IN THE LAB AND IN THE FIELD … SOLVING PROBLEMS AND CHARTING NEW WATERS. THE UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO’S FUTURE IS CLEAR:
U-T WILL BE… Gaber: A highly desirable, sought-after, nationally
ranked, comprehensive, public research university, anchoring the northern part of this state. That’s where we can be.