Story by: News Director Erin Ben-Moche
Photo by: Sam Schlenner
President Hynd sat down this morning with reporters from WXOU and The Oakland Post to discuss Oakland’s budget and future plans for the University.
Hynd started the conversation with an introduction to his 3 strategic goals.
He first wants to “foster success through a robust teaching and learning environment.” This involves hiring faculty in different departments, keeping retention high, and offering handicap accommodations on campus.
His second goal is to “utilize OU’s learning environment to focus on learning endeavors.” This chunk of the budget will go towards the Kresge Library, teaching spaces, research support, and equipment.
Hynd’s last goal in the strategic plan is merging relationships between the university and the community. Hynd wants to enhance career services and internships for Oakland students since 94% of students stay in Michigan.
The OU president wanted to also share information regarding the expansion of the Oakland Center and new residence hall that will open Fall of 2018:
Hynd then discussed his future plans:
Oakland has steadily increased since opening 50 years ago. Hynd described Oakland like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears,” it’s not too big and not too small, but just right.
Hynd concluded with a shout out to commuter students. He stressed the importance of finding an activity or group on campus.