The Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents (now the Department of Higher Education) established new OARnet governance in 2011. Complete text and an addendum are available for download: Directive 2011-023 Consolidation of Consortia [pdf].
A joint OSC-OARnet Advisory Board recommends broad policy guidelines for OARnet and periodically reviews its program and operations, with special attention to ensuring that the management and operation of the network supports the State of Ohio's goals for higher education, P-12 education, economic development, and the goals of its state agencies.
Ohio Department of Higher Education CIO Advisory Board
Member institutions are encouraged to participate on the Ohio Department of Higher Education CIO Advisory Board, as representation ensures that member institutions are given a voice in the future direction of the network, shared services and evolving technologies. The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education appoints members of the committee to advise him/her on the development and direction of the integrated technology infrastructure needed to support the Ohio Department of Higher Education's education and technology programs. The membership of this committee includes chief information officers or equivalent senior administrative officials responsible for information technology from Ohio’s public and private not-for-profit universities and community colleges.
DHE-CIO Advisory Board Subcommittees
The advisory board has a Business & Finance subcommittee that is chaired by a representative from the DHE-CIO Advisory Board, with members representing public and private four-year institutions and public two-year institutions. This subcommittee searches for cost saving opportunities and reviews financial practices involving the Chancellor's plan.
OARtech provides a forum for technology staff from OARnet's member institutions to exchange ideas and share best practices. Group members also provide OARnet with advice and direction on technical issues germane to the organization. All OARnet clients are invited to attend the quarterly meetings.
OARsec provides a forum for security staff from OARnet's member institutions to exchange ideas and share best practices. Group members also provide OARnet with advice and direction on information security issues germane to the organization. All OARnet clients are invited to attend the quarterly meetings.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education created OARnet, which conducts business under the administrative supervision of The Ohio State University. The Ohio State University is the legal entity that is responsible for all contractual obligations of OARnet.