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November 3, 2014


Columbus State 36th in nation for online programs in 2014

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The Affordable Colleges Foundation, a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information, recently published a list of the top online community colleges for 2014. Columbus State ranked 36th in the nation among two-year institutions that have at least ten online degree programs and annual tuition less than $3,000.

"So many students today are looking for affordable online programs," said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. "Community colleges have become a primary source of these low-cost online programs, giving more and more people the chance to earn a quality degree online without breaking the bank."

This list arrives at a time when the Obama administration continues to push for more affordable higher education, with expanded investment in Pell Grants and a call for shared responsibility between the government and colleges. Many two-year schools already offer manageable tuition and fees, and continue to add more degree programs and courses to their online collections. 

"It's great to see community colleges making an effort to add more online and hybrid programs," said Schuessler. "That's the type of flexibility students need to get a solid degree and transition into a successful career." Congratulations go out to all of Columbus State’s online teaching faculty and the support staff of the Distance Education and Instructional Support Department!


The Atlantic publishes article praising Columbus State


In case you missed it, last week The Atlantic published “When a Community College Transforms a City.” Writer John Tierney authored a comprehensive look at The Central Ohio Compact and our college’s pivotal role in helping Central Ohio climb toward 60 percent degree attainment, the Compact’s collective goal for our region. 

It’s clear from the article that the writer was genuinely blown away by the energy, commitment, and collaborative spirit he observed at the college. There are truly exceptional things at work here of which we should all be extremely proud—the Atlantic piece is a great reminder. 

Read the story here: “When a Community College Transforms a City” and other Columbus coverage in American Futures:
“Going Home to Columbus”
“When Collaboration Is More Than a Buzzword”
“Not Your Mother’s Library”
“Remaking Columbus’s Most Downtrodden Neighborhood”


Cougars headed to national junior college tourney ranked No. 6 in the nation

team photoPresident Harrison and Volleyball Head Coach Jaclynn Yokum pose with the Volleyball Team holding their recent Ohio Conference trophy. After winning the District XII regionals this past weekend, the team is headed for the Division II Nationals, Nov. 20-22, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Columbus State’s volleyball team is headed to Phoenix for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. II National Championship later this month. Coached for the fourth season by former player Jaclynn Yocum, the team finished with a perfect 14-0 record in conference play and 32-2 overall.

RuffingColumbus State’s Stephanie Ruffing was named District XII MVP.

The team is now ranked No. 6 in the nation in the latest NJCAA Div. II poll. In addition, Yocum was named Coach of the Year by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.

Over the weekend, the team managed to come out of the loser’s bracket to defeat Michigan’s Oakland Community College in two games to claim the regional title.

Stephanie Ruffing, a graduate of Olentangy Liberty High School, was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament this weekend.  Ruffing transferred to Columbus State after playing one year at Wright State University.




AQIP Action Projects named for 2015

group photoThe AQIP Core Team members at a recent planning meeting are, top row: Polly Owen, Ingrid Emch and Greg Goodhart; and bottom row: David Tom, Bruce Massis, and Antoinette Perkins.

Three new AQIP Action Projects for 2015 were selected in a recent Cabinet session. The “Generation One Trailblazers,” “Faculty Action Research” and the “Writing Center for Credit” are the new projects now listed on the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) website.

Action Projects are part of the annual cycle of accreditation for AQIP schools. The HLC Action Project Directory was developed to encourage institutions participating in AQIP to share their innovative improvement efforts and plans. Each fall, colleges provide Action Project Updates to AQIP on the progress of current projects, and AQIP provides written feedback on these reports. 

The AQIP Steering Committee forwarded a total ten projects to Cabinet for consideration.  They included:

  • Achieving the Dream Success Council– oversees grants for student success and innovation efforts. Leaders: Tracy Little, Desiree Polk-Bland
  • Connect2Complete - matches at-risk students with trained peers. Leader: Marisa Vernon
  • College Onboarding- examines the employee orientation process.  Leaders: Rich James, Lori Thomas
  • Cultural Competency– a campus climate survey. Leader: Brett Walsh
  • Faculty Action Research– gauges active and collaborative learning in student outcomes.  Leaders: Julie Cronk, Ron Elizaga, Rich James
  • Generation One Trailblazers– a faculty-designed student support effort.  Leaders: Traci Haynes, Ron Elizaga ­
  • Honors Program– challenging our high-achieving students is the goal.  Leader: Rebecca Mobley
  • OrgSync Platform- a web tool that tracks student college activity.  Leaders: Kimberly Rhyan, Heather Borland
  • Performance Management– a new approach to measure employee performance.  Leaders: Rich James, Lori Thomas
  • Writing Center for Credit- repeating ENGL 1100 students get a helping hand.  Leader: Deborah Bertsch


Communication Center moves to Union Hall 052


The Communication Department is pleased to announce the Communication Center has moved to 052 Union Hall. The Communication Center offers tutoring to anyone needing help in a class or for a business function such as a speech or presentation. The Center also offers tutoring for students in communication or theater classes. The Communication Center offers appointments online here:


LaMar attends Apple Academy

Jason LaMar, supervisor of Instructional Technology Innovations, recently attended the prestigious invitation-only Apple Academy in Cupertino, Calif., hosted by Apple, Inc.

Apple Academy is a rigorous, immersive, week-long program that is modeled on Apple’s best training practices, preparing and certifying graduates to deliver Apple Professional Development workshops to educators. He joined 19 other participants from across the nation, representing both K-12 and higher education organizations. 

LaMar is now one of only 200 Apple Authorized Foundation Trainers nationwide. He was selected to participate based on a comprehensive skills application process and on Columbus State’s institutional collaboration with Apple.

"The Apple initiative is a faculty-driven program aimed at enhancing student success through digital content delivery,” said Dean of Distance Education Tom Erney.  “This important certification will enable Columbus State to sustain the Apple Initiative for years to come as Jason is now uniquely qualified to deliver introductory and advanced Apple device and app training for faculty and staff."



Faculty present at OATYC Conference

Business Programs faculty members Dr. Shannon Bookout, Patrick Fiorelli, Jack Popovich, and Bradley Trimble recently shared their expertise at the Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges (OATYC) annual conference. The theme of the conference was “How We Teach,” and the program included more than 80 presentations delivered by faculty from approximately 30 institutions. 

Bookout, Fiorella, Popovich, and Trimble presented “Development of Consistent Expectations and Standards for Multi-Section Courses” at the conference held at Wright State University’s Lake Campus.  Their 40-minute workshop outlined their model for managing multiple sections of courses.  Accounting and Finance Departments have courses with up to 35 sections and have course content that requires consistent, rich and high-quality instructional methods used by full- and part-time faculty in all modalities including face-to-face, online, and blended classes.

Associate professor of Finance Jack Popovich was also quoted in an article last week in US News and World Report about retirement savings. Also quoted recently was business management instructor David Gilg in a Halloween-themed investment advice article, also in US News and World Report.


Global Diversity names new Peer Educators

The Diversity Peer Educator program is a new student leadership position in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department that allows students to lead the development of cultural competency and appreciation for diversity at Columbus State.

Each peer educator will facilitate and assist with exciting projects in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department including marketing, special event planning, and recruitment. They will be equipped with the skills they need to be successful campus leaders by receiving ongoing support from the department including orientation, team building, supervision, professional development, cross-training, and networking. Welcome to the new Peer Educators: Thomas Capps, Frank Brown, Eric Small, Katrina De Los Santos, and Ly Leanghak.

For more information about the Diversity Peer Educator program, contact Sarah Baker at ext. 2861.



Important payroll dates coming up

Some important due dates are coming in November and December, including:
For the pay period ending October 31, with pay day on November 14, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, November 3, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, November 4, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Tuesday, November 4, at 5:00 p.m.

For the pay period ending November 15, with pay day on November 26, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, November 17, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Tuesday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m.        

For the pay period ending November 30, with pay day on December 15, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, December 1, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Tuesday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.

For the pay period ending December 15, with pay day December 24, 2014

  • Employee web time entry is due Monday, December 15, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, December 16, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Due to the short processing time for this pay period, all other payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Monday, December 15, at 5:00 p.m.  Anything received after this time will be posted to the first payroll of 2015.
  • Please note that Business and Campus Services, including the Payroll Office, will be closed on Tuesday, December 16, for a department retreat.




Caregivers Employee Resource Group meets Nov.7

The holidays can be a stressful time for all families and the challenges of caring for others can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health. Share your story and network with other employees who also provide care to children, elderly family members or dependent adults.  Join the group on Friday, November 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WD-348.  Contact Lori Thomas, Caregivers ERG liaison, for more information.





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