OHERN encourages resource sharing

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Ohio universities have established more than 50 Centers of Excellence representing the following key industrial areas:

  1. Advanced Energy

  1. Biomedicine & Health Care

  1. Agriculture, Food Production & Bioproducts

  1. Advanced Transportation & Aerospace

  1. Enabling Technologies:  Advanced Materials & Sensors

  1. Cultural & Societal Transformation

Shared Resources

Officials representing both political parties have called for a reduction in duplication of resources and an increase in sharing among Ohio’s public institutions of higher learning. 

These goals have prompted changes in academic calendars, simplified the process of transferring credits among schools and created 50 Centers of Excellence at Ohio’s 14 public universities.

The Centers of Excellence are intended to be magnets for talent, becoming leaders in innovation and entrepreneurial activity through the sharing of personnel, knowledge and technology with other schools and private sector businesses.

But beyond what can be shared using telecommunication and internet technologies, how are human interactions, physical structures and objects shared?  How do students experience the music, art, play or dance performance directly?  Are the activities, talents and facilities at Ohio’s 50 new Centers of Excellence to be shared largely by telecommuting since the cost of regularly moving large numbers of students and faculty around the state is prohibitively expensive?  Are these centers of excellence to remain isolated from students and faculty at other campuses?

The OHERN plan offers a practical solution to the current limits on the sharing of resources among campuses. It provides an effective means for transporting people from one campus to the next at a low cost.

Confirmation that transportation networks can lead to increased sharing of resources among public and private colleges is found in the evidence offered by the more than decade-old Baltimore Collegetown Network.  Through the formation of a transportation and administrative consortium in 1999 among now 14 colleges and universities in the Baltimore area serving 120,000 students, the success enjoyed by that collegiate network is proof that an increase in the sharing of resources across multiple campuses is both possible and practical when coordinated through a commuter transit system.

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