ERIC Number: ED393391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Ohio Eminent Scholars Program, RR-91-01.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report examines the $4.5 million per biennium endowment that supports senior faculty members identified as "eminent scholars" in Ohio's post-secondary education system. Since its inception in 1983, the Eminent Scholars Program has awarded 36 chairs to six public universities with 21 chairs filled as of January 1991. All 21 Eminent Scholars have been male, 17 were white, 16 came from universities, 2 from outside the United States, and none were recruited from inside Ohio. Evaluation was conducted by visits to all six universities to conduct structured interviews with 12 Eminent Scholars as well as with students, administrators, faculty members, and university and Regents staff. Awards are given out in $500,000 blocks for nine chairs per biennium at public universities. Winning schools must match the endowment, and the interest from the total is used to support the selected scholar's work. Findings suggest that, although Eminent Scholars are supposed to address compelling statewide problems, most describe their achievements in terms of publications and research. A key concern noted was the availability of nine scholars per biennium. Among recommendations are that the program be suspended or reduced in size for at least two biennia while the program is systematically evaluated. Comments of the Board of Regents are attached. (NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.