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June 23, 2015


Compass placement tests to be phased out in 2016

students in lab

The ACT Corporation announced this week that they have decided to phase out all Compass products by the end of next year. This includes the Compass version Columbus State currently uses to place students in mathematics, reading, English, and English as a Second Language; however, this version will continue to be available until November 30, 2016 and the Compass data until December 31, 2016. 

Fortunately, Columbus State has been examining its placement process and evaluative tools over the last few years. Most recently, Dr. Jack Cooley, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, formed a Placement Testing Task Force, co-chaired by Dr. Tracy Little, professor in Social Sciences, and Dr. Allysen Todd, dean of Arts and Sciences. The Task Force is comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff from across the college, who will examine current placement practices, measures, and data in order to submit recommendations aligned with the Ohio Board of Regents guidelines for improvement and efficiency in student success.

Columbus State is well-positioned to deal with the placement issues brought about by the phasing out of Compass. A recommendation for how the college will move forward is expected by the end of Autumn Semester.


Operation Feed campaign ends July 15

logoMid-Ohio Foodbank recently partnered with Columbus State for its first on-campus Free Produce Market, where approximately 10,000 pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables and baked goods were distributed. Produce Markets such as this are funded by donations to the Foodbank’s Operation Feed, and are only one of the many ways the organization is able to feed families in the community who are struggling to make ends meet.

With every $1 donated, Mid-Ohio Foodbank is able to provide four meals, or $10 worth of groceries. Each $3 raised can feed a family of four for one day. Over the course of one year, Mid-Ohio Foodbank serves 524,300 children, adults and senior citizens. 

Please consider donating to Mid-Ohio Foodbank by completing the on-line pledge form on the Intranet, or donate directly to Mid-Ohio Foodbank online. If you would like to collect non-perishable items for donation, please contact Barb Smith-Allen.

Columbus State’s Operation Feed Campaign will end Wednesday, July 15.


Attend follow-up session to “Working While Black III”

The Prevail-Respect organization will hold a free follow-up workshop to their annual conference “Working While Black.” The workshop will feature presentations by Cedric Brown of U Can Soar, Inc. and Chandrika Boyd, credit supervisor for a medical products company and coordinator with Destiny Daughters Ministry. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

You are invited to join the conversation and planning toward overcoming many of the obstacles faced by people of color in the workplace. This interactive event is open to the public and appropriate for people of all ages, races, and identities.

To learn more and register go to



Cornerstone Applicant Tracking System offers refresher training

Last year, the Human Resources Department launched Cornerstone, the college’s new Applicant Tracking System replacing COOL/PeopleAdmin. As the college enters the peak hiring period, additional training opportunities will be offered at the following times:

Thursday, July 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in WD 209
Wednesday, August 5, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in WD 209
Tuesday, September 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., location TBD
Monday, October 5, 1:00– 3:00 p.m., location TBD
Wednesday, November 4, 1:00– 3:00 p.m., location TBD
Thursday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., location TBD

Please register here. If your needs require more immediate attention, please reach out directly to your HR recruitment partner or email


Join the Columbus State Heart Walk Team

The American Heart Association’s 2015 Central Ohio Heart Walk will be held Saturday, August 22, starting at the Columbus Commons at 8:30 a.m. If you would like to join the Columbus State Heart Walk Team and support the American Heart Association, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 by June 26 to sign up!


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