CONSORT is the name of the integrated library system shared by Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and the College of Wooster. The system currently runs on the Sierra library services platform from Innovative Interfaces. The library system was formed at about the same time the consortium itself was established in 1996, and in fact, it is the first project around which the consortium's founders focused their collaborative efforts. A grant from the Andrew W. Mellon... Read more
Ongoing Collaborative Programs Funded by the Colleges
The annual Ohio Five Dance events bring together dance students and faculty from the Five Colleges of Ohio. The inaugural one-day dance gathering was held at Oberlin College in February 2014. Over 60 students and faculty participated, thanks to the efforts of the five dance department chairs. The successful program provided opportunities for students and faculty to share work, exchange ideas, and become acquainted as colleagues. Prior to this event, consortium dance faculty had never met as... Read more
The Procurement Office is responsible for the consortial SciQuest e-procurement system shared by Denison, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, and Oberlin. In addition, the office manages consortial contracts and promotes collaboration among the purchasing directors and staff of the five colleges.
Ohio Five joint contracts and memberships include Association for Collaborative Leadership, ChemWatch, ChemOfficePro, ContentDM, Infocomm International, Innovative Sierra, Intercollegiate Center for... Read more
Risk Management and Compliance activities encompass audit services, disaster and emergency preparedness, environmental health and safety, facilities operations, insurance purchasing, safety and security, and Title IX.
To facilitate emergency planning and response, in 2003 the Operating Committee approved a Good Neighbor Policy. In part, it states: This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into by the Operating Committee of the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc. to enable the member colleges... Read more
Active Consortial Grants
On December 3, 2014, the Five Colleges of Ohio and Allegheny College, were awarded a three year $280,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation. These six colleges are engaged in a comprehensive initiative directed towards enhancing faculty planning and curricular coherence. The institutions seek to improve coherence both by offering structured ways for students to complete general-education... Read more
This grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation focuses on creating digital resources to enhance faculty and student research, teaching, and learning using emerging aspects of media literacy, scholarly communication, information literacy, information management, and digital publishing. An additional priority of the grant is to make the scholarship of Ohio Five faculty and students more visible... Read more
On December 4, 2015, the Five Colleges of Ohio, Inc. was awarded a four-year $2,000,000 grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on behalf of The Ohio State University and the consortium members Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster. The grant, Language Enrichment and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, will establish a... Read more
Completed Consortial Projects and Grants
The Ohio Five Environmental Health & Safety officers were awarded two grants from the OhioEPA Office of Environmental Education. The first $50,000 grant, Pollution Prevention on the College Campus: A Consortial Approach to Education and Training, created a program in pollution prevention and materials management for faculty and... Read more
The George B. Storer Foundation awarded the consortium $2,550,000 for annual scholarships for up to ten upper-class students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.
The Five Colleges of Ohio received a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a four-year project to strengthen foreign language learning through the collaborative use of electronic technology. The primary objectives of the project are to increase the linguistic and cultural competence of our students, to increase the... Read more
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the consortium $100,000 to support the acquistion and implementation of a shared web-based comprehensive procurement system.
The United Educators Insurance Company awarded $2,000 in November 2004 and another $1,500 in April 2006 to provide workshops titled Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls and Planning for a Pandemic.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded $32,000 to the consortium to support strategic planning activities.
The grant, Next Steps in the Next-Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, recognizes the continuing transformation of academic libraries through digital technologies and the critical importance of ensuring that liberal arts college libraries remain integral to their institutions' academic... Read more
With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CONSORT libraries at Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, and The College of Wooster formed a joint effort to analyze the existing library collections, to determine strengths, weaknesses, and areas of duplication, and support the operation of CONStor, the former... Read more
The libraries received $475,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build partnerships between librarians and faculty that foster curricular innovations leading to increases in students' capabilities in using information resources.
The Foundation for Independent Higher Education and AT&T awarded the libraries $50,000 to develop information literacy web tutorials.
The Andrew W. Mellon foundation awarded $840,000 to the consortium to create a joint library system, incorporate the consortium, and study the use of shared digital images.