Provost discusses ‘Imagine 2017’ strategic plan with Toledo City Council

April 4, 2013 | News, UToday, Honors
By Meghan Cunningham

Members of Toledo City Council learned more about The University of Toledo’s economic development role in the community and vision for the future last week from Provost Scott Scarborough.

Scarborough presented to the City Council Economic Development Committee the financial challenges facing the University and the “Imagine 2017” strategic plan for Main Campus to meet those challenges and move the institution forward.

“The University of Toledo contributes greatly to economic development,” he said. “The most important thing it does is to attract great students and faculty to the University who bring external financial resources into the region.”

The rebranded Jesup Scott Honors College will help the University attract more well-prepared students, Scarborough said, adding that UT is increasing its investment in online education and support services for underprepared and adult students.

Councilman Rob Ludeman, who chairs the committee, asked about the University’s international student population and expressed the council’s strong support of UT. Other council members asked about UT’s partnerships with area community colleges and local school districts and complimented the new Gateway development at The University of Toledo.

“I wanted the University to know we value what you do,” Councilman George Sarantou said. “The University has been very good to this community and that is where the future is.”

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