January 15, 2013
Welcome to Spring Semester!
It may not feel much like spring on this third week of January, but the Spring Semester at Columbus State is off and running. Enrollment stood at 25,844 on the first day of classes, with a flurry of late registrations still coming in. Students were encouraged to “Go for 15” credit hours this term, using an educational campaign explaining the reasoning behind scheduling five classes.
With the change to semesters came changes in most students’ Plan of Study, including a decrease in both the total credit hours needed to graduate, as well as a decrease in the credit hours awarded per class. In short, students need to take more classes per term to graduate in two years. In the quarter system, students taking three 5-credit-hour classes would have 15 hours on their schedule. It has been a learning process for students transitioning from quarters to semesters, as they realize the longer term allows more time to complete the coursework.
Marqueice Turner Dean, Dominique London, Alexis Kelley and Maurice Payne enjoy a recent visit to COSI.
Upward Bound is off to a great start thanks to a renewed $1.3 million dollar federal grant which will cover program costs over the next five years. Since September, five tutors and four staff members have held twenty-five tutoring sessions and three Saturday Sessions. In addition, college staff members have resumed their academic advising visits. In total, 68 students at eleven Columbus city high schools will be served.
“Upward Bound students are held to a high standard in order to be prepared for the rigors of college,” says Meghan Volk, supervisor for Upward Bound. “Upward Bound works with students in the neediest high schools, where the dropout rates have reached as high as 34% and graduation rates have fallen as low as 54%.”
The latest Annual Performance Report for Upward Bound showed 86% of students persisted in the program from one year to the next (2010-2011 to 2011-2012) and 94% of eligible participants passed their Ohio Graduation Tests (OGTs). The program’s strong academic curriculum is supplemented with self-development activities. The most recent Saturday Session at COSI was the second collaborative effort between the Columbus State and The Ohio State University Upward Bound programs.
Upward Bound is one of eight Federal TRIO Programs which provide services for high school student from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) programs are an outreach initiative that introduces Columbus State to the community and helps underserved students discover that college is a possibility and exciting opportunities lay ahead through education.
Recently researchers commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, made a two day visit to study promising practices of the ESLAsC program at Emerald Glen. The English Learners model has been developed and implemented in the Emerald Glen community for the last eight years. Based on their findings, the U.S. Department of Education will develop guidelines for other 21st Century Community Learning Center sites to follow nationwide.
Additionally, the ESLAsC program at Wedgewood Village was awarded a three-year, $900,000 YEP grant in October 2009 (grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health). The program was implemented in the Wedgewood Village apartment complex, home to over 500 Somali/Somali Bantu refugee families. After completing year three of the grant, the following outcomes have been documented and presented (along with data from the other 16 YEP sites) in Washington, D.C. to a panel of senior government staff:
Behavior incidents at school have decreased by 62%
Number of suspension days from school decreased by 76%
50% of youth increased at least one language level over the 3 year grant (52% scored proficient or above)
100% of current students increased a reading level during the school year
88% of students increased the number of cultural events from zero to nine
100% of students investigating six or more career opportunities
More details about the story and results can be found here.
It’s 2013 and that means Columbus State is 50!
Columbus State Community College was founded in 1963 as Columbus Area Technicians School (CATS). Fall Semester will signal the beginning of the 50th year anniversary of the college, with the official date of our anniversary falling on September 30—the first day of classes in the basement classrooms rented in Central High School by CATS in 1963.
Do you know an outstanding alumni of CATS (1963-1965), Columbus Technical Institute (1965-1987), or Columbus State Community College? The 50th Anniversary Committee is busy collecting nominations for graduates of any degree program who have made an impact in their field or in their community. Our collection of stories is growing and will soon be made into a book and a website to show just how much our alumni have influenced the history of Columbus and beyond!
The first executive director of Columbus Area Technicians School, Clinton Tatsch, stands proudly by the school’s new mailbox outside of Central High School. Classes were held in the basement for two years prior to the move to 550 East Spring Street.
Beginning Spring Semester, all students registered with Disability Services who utilize the accommodation "Double Time" will now take their quizzes and exams at the Columbus Campus Testing Center in Aquinas Hall 002, or at the Regional Learning Centers in Dublin, Westerville, and Gahanna.
The change improves access to test taking because an appointment in Disability Services is no longer necessary, and the testing sites offer later hours. Faculty will continue to drop off and pick up quizzes and exams at the Disability Services Testing Center in Eibling Hall 101.
Disability Services will enforce the 48-hour (2 business days) drop-off policy for all instructors. All quizzes and tests must be dropped off at the Disability Services Testing Center (Eibling Hall 101) 48 hours before the due date to allow sufficient time to process and administer each quiz and exam.
If a quiz or exam is not received 48 hours (2 business days) prior to the exam’s available date, and the student presents to take the exam, he/she will receive a Test Denial Form. The Testing Center, student, and the instructor will all receive a copy of this form. For more information about the new Disability Services testing procedures, call ext. 5089.
Kudos to Keith
Otterbein University recently recognized the success of a Columbus State transfer student and offered kudos to the Delaware Campus’ Keith Coates for his help with the transfer process. You can read the entire article here.
You can get by with a little help from your friends! The Employee Resource Group (ERG) program provides targeted networking opportunities for diverse faculty, staff and administrators. The program is designed to help employees build relationships and find a deeper sense of community with other employees. New this month are the following ERGs:
Grad Students ERG - Welcomes employees who are thinking about or currently taking graduate-level classes in a master’s or doctoral program. For support and encouragement, we also welcome employees who have recently completed graduate degrees. Meets Thursday, January 17, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio. Liaison is Mary Francis McLaughlin.
Caregivers ERG -Welcomes employees who are the primary caregivers for children, elderly parents or other dependents. This also includes single parents and in some cases, members might consider themselves part of the “sandwich” generation, who take care of both children and parents! Meets Friday, January 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Library Studio. Liaison is Lori Thomas.
Interfaith ERG -Welcomes employees who are interested in conversations concerning faith, religion and spiritual expression. This group is comprised in the spirit of religious pluralism, welcoming all faiths, religions and beliefs including those who might identify as agnostic or atheist. Meets Tuesday, January 29, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Library Studio. Liaison is Judah Gartman.
Go online here to see a schedule of all Employee Resource Group meetings coming up soon.
SafeZone is a program designed to create a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. SafeZone members are Columbus State employees who have received training to educate themselves about issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Members are committed to being open, accepting and providing resource information for LGBT individuals.
You can become a SafeZone member by attending a training session on Friday, January 25, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Library Studio, or Wednesday, February 6, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Library Studio. To RSVP for a space in one of the sessions, contact Kimberly Brazwell, manager of Diversity Initiatives at email@example.com.
The Office of Diversity Initiatives will begin its 5th Diversity Learning Community cohort on Tuesday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. If you’ve heard about the Pono Learning Community and wanted to get in on this amazing experience, it’s not too late! This is a last call for anyone interested in one of the final seats for the Spring Semester cohort. Each group meets for eight sessions during a semester and is led in eye-opening discussions ranging from race and religion, to disabilities and classism.
Pono is a Hawaiian word that means “right,” and describes that exquisite sense of rightness that comes from being at one with everything. It is based on the ancient Hawaiian belief in spirit greatness and self- power, in the unconditional love and compassion for, and the spirit connections between, all things.
Pono is a highly recommended program for any employee who is interested in a deeper diversity experience or to supplement a one-time diversity training session.
For more information on how to apply for a spot in a Pono cohort this semester, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 2426.
“Valued Relationships” exhibit opens in Library
The Library has announced the opening of a new art exhibit titled, “Valued Relationships,” by artist Cecilia Román. “Colors have relationships with each other based on their relative positions on the Color Wheel,” said Román. “Many of these relationships have to do with how they can be used harmoniously in a color scheme. I focused on these basic principles of values, comparing and seeking an understanding within nature, families and communities. The outcome was intense emotions and brilliant expressions.” The exhibition may be viewed in the Library’s 2nd floor main gallery through the end of January.
Cultural Competency in the Classroom
Columbus State is a remarkably diverse community. Differences in culture and experience effect how students learn. Their expectations for how to behave, study and communicate may not be what you expect. Kim Brazwell, manager of Diversity Initiatives, and Tywan Banks, instructor in Multi-competency Health, help us understand and engage that diversity.
January 18 - 1:00 p .m., CT 107 Register
Assessment for Learning
February 15 - 1:00 p.m., CT 017 Register
What the Best College Teachers Do
March 22 - 1:00 p.m., Location TBA Register
Whether you are new or veteran faculty or a new or seasoned employee you are welcome to participate in Academic Onboarding and Renewal. Learn more about academic onboarding sessions and view recordings and documents for past programs at: http://cscc.edu/faculty/Onboarding. For more information contact Rich James (ext. 2175).