As part of the university’s commitment to operational excellence and resource stewardship as found in Ohio State’s Strategic Plan, Time & Change, the OSU travel office is implementing a “Travel Mandate Pilot” to fine-tune and validate quality controls before rolling out a university-wide requirement. CFAES has participated in previous pilot programs with the university travel office and has identified units within our college to take part in this initiative beginning October 16, 2017.
Travelers from the following CFAES units will be participating: Office of the Dean, Academic Administration, Finance, Advancement, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Animal Sciences, Extension Administration and Campus and Farms Administration. These CFAES units are participating in this pilot along with units from the College of Law, College of Engineering, Office of Academic Affairs and Business & Finance.
The CFAES units that are part of the pilot program have been notified and will receive training on how to participate in the pilot program. Participants also will be able to offer feedback on their experience, which will help shape the general university-wide implementation anticipated in January 2018.
This pilot is not simply about travel – it is part of our commitment to a basic idea: By acting as one university, we can utilize Ohio State’s size and scope to get the best prices and service available. CFAES will benefit, as will the university at large.