According to a just-published annual report, OU Ombuds Merle Graybill was consulted on more than 188 situations in the 2008-09 academic year. Most of these cases involved a faculty member or a university service. In her first year running the 39-year-old Ombuds program, Graybill also relocated the office, redesigned the website, converted to an IOA Uniform Reporting Categories database, and lost her assistant Ombuds and support staff due to budget cuts. Graybill's report also provides a brief history of the Ombuds profession and endorses IOA's current certification efforts. (OU Ombuds Report 2008-09.)
Prior posts: Ohio U. Ombuds Issues Annual Report and Considers Adopting IOA Reporting Categories; Ohio U. Selects Interim Ombuds.