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Without question, outreach and engagement are integral parts of The Ohio State University and the Fisher College of Business’ core mission. Outreach at Fisher involves research that makes what we discover useful beyond the academic community, teaching that enables learning beyond our campus walls and service that directly benefits the public. Many of these initiatives have evolved from the cooperation of Fisher faculty, students, alumni and friends of the college, as well as partnerships within the university and worldwide corporate community.
Fisher faculty continue to be engaged in leading the way in Ohio State’s commitment to redefine its land-grant mission for the 21st century. Through leading-edge executive education programs that attract executives from around the globe, faculty research of international importance and solutions-oriented research groups, Fisher College has had a profound impact on management issues and policies. These activities have reshaped the way managers think and the way organizations do business. We have helped Ohio businesses solve globalization challenges through courses that offer student-consulting experiences, providing a foundation that is reflected in Ohio becoming the fourth largest exporting state. We have created organizational strategies, business planning programs and leadership development opportunities for our university partners. We have opened our doors to non-business majors to help them add value to their degrees. We have increased access to Ohio State and the Fisher College in a dramatic way by expanding the regional campuses’ role as a business resource across the state. More broadly, we have focused on mixed delivery instruction through on-site and Web-based instruction that has allowed us to serve national and international audiences of executives.
Fisher students are also making a difference by leading organizations across campus and within the communities in which they live. Despite a rigorous academic schedule, our students serve as tutors and mentors in public schools, assistants with the Ohio Wheelchair Olympics and leaders with Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Their leadership is enriching the lives of thousands of people and reinforcing an ethic of community involvement that bodes well for the future.
This year’s annual report illustrates a few of Fisher’s many outreach activities that are improving education, industry and the quality of life throughout Ohio, the nation and the world. And, while all this involvement is expanding, so are faculty contributions to traditional scholarship, as can be seen in the summary of faculty activities.
Fisher College’s constant challenge is to improve the connections
we make with our partners and to make the public more aware of our considerable
capabilities and contributions. Our focus for the future will continue to
be on sustaining a world renowned business school effectively engaged with
its many communities — setting common goals and agendas, developing
measures of success together and leveraging university, public and private
resources to make a real difference.
Joseph A. Alutto
Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business
Fisher College of Business