Auditor: Computing, system changes could save OSU $6M

COLUMBUS (AP) — A performance audit from the state says Ohio State University could save at least $6.4 million a year by making changes to its computing and printing equipment and systems used in hiring and in processing expenses.

A new provision in state law allows the Ohio auditor’s office to include public universities among its performance audits of state agencies, and Ohio State volunteered to go first.

The auditors’ recommendations from the limited-scope review include relocating computer servers and streamlining hiring systems through a university-wide IT system that the school is implementing to manage human resources, finance and student information.

A statement from the school’s chief financial officer says the audit contributes to “ongoing efficiency work” that the university has used to help expand financial aid for students by millions of dollars.