Research funding is up at the University of Toledo, and officials want to keep it that way.
“I'd like to see us significantly increase it,” Trustee Robert Redmond said yesterday after a meeting of the board of trustees' committee on academic affairs. “It's a nice source of revenue for the university ... and it allows our students and our faculty to increase their skill sets.”
The committee examined data related to research awards and expenditures and found that, after a dip in 2001, research awards rose the last two years. Last year the figure was a UT record $27.2 million, up almost 75 percent from five years ago.
Between 1997 and 2001, UT's national rank in research-and-development expenditures improved from 241 to 215, placing it ahead of Kent State University, the Medical College of Ohio, and Bowling Green State University, according to the most recent National Science Foundation survey.
The improvement is the result of several factors, including the hiring of more faculty in strategic areas and an increased emphasis on research, said Dr. Frank Calzonetti, vice provost for research.
In another meeting yesterday, the board's finance committee heard a report from Allison Perz, executive director of the Ohio Council of Community Schools, who said the council will oversee 10 schools with 6,000 students this fall. The council is the trustees' legal designee for chartering schools. She said the newest schools authorized by the council are International College Preparatory Academy of Cincinnati and Ohio Connections Academy, a virtual school in Columbus.