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October 22, 2015


A Few Minutes With: Deborah Bertsch

The Writing Center for Credit project, which helps students who must re-take English 1100, was selected in 2015 as an AQIP Action Project for two primary reasons: It’s a gateway course that all students must pass, and it fits the bill for Accreditation Category One - Helping Students Learn. Hear more about this successful project in this edition of “A Few Minutes with” Deborah Bertsch.


AQIP Action Projects for 2016 selected

Bruce Massis, accreditation liaison officer, has announced that President Harrison and the Cabinet selected the Action Projects for 2016, which satisfies the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirement that the college engage in three Action Projects each year. 

Action Projects provide assurance that (a college’s) ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement is genuine, according to HLC.  As a result of participating in a Strategy Forum in April, an Action Project titled, “Aligning and Communicating Strategic Priorities” is being developed as Columbus State’s first project for 2016.  Then, following a process that was implemented in 2015 where Action Projects were selected from a list of Student Success Innovation projects, two additional Action Projects were selected. They are:

ALEKS Placement Boot Camp - The purpose of this project is to improve student success by offering a new mathematics placement process to a group of incoming students. 

Orientation and First Year Mobile App Development - To develop a streamlined first year experience from point of Orientation through completion of the first semester, mobile applications can provide "on time" and easily accessible information in a format many traditional age students are accustomed to utilizing on a daily basis.

The Action Project efforts were led by Tracy Little and Desiree Polk-Bland, co-leads of the Student Success Innovation project team and David Tom, Faculty Fellow for Accreditation.


Call for Presentations open for Franklin conference

Franklin University’s International Institute for Innovative Instruction is pleased to announce that the call for presentation proposals for its annual conference, Innovations in Teaching and Learning is now open. The two-day conference will be held on Franklin University’s main campus in downtown Columbus, on June 9 and 10, 2016.

The n title and theme invite a broad range of forward-thinking perspectives on higher education in the current global landscape. The event will be organized into four tracks that best encompass the innovative thinking the conference intends to foster:

•   Challenging the Status Quo: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders through Innovative Education

•   Emerging Technologies in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

•   Assessment in Higher Education: What's Working, What's Not, and Why?

•   International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Educators, innovators, and those with a passion for teaching and learning from across the globe are invited to submit proposals for presentations. Presentation Proposals Submission Form

 The deadline to submit your presentation proposal is January 18, 2016. As always, conference registration is free to all presenters.


Iacovone after race

Iacovone finishes first marathon

Dustin Iacovone, specialist in College Recreation and Wellness, coach of the cross country team, and a Columbus State Sport and Exercise Studies graduate, competed in his first marathon this weekend, finishing the Columbus Marathon in 43rd place with a time of 2:48. Iacovone also ran on the Capital University Track and Cross Country teams while completing his bachelor’s degree, so he is obviously keeping up the pace!







Diversity Blood Drive is Oct. 26

Every blood donation is important and maintaining a diverse blood supply is a priority to the American Red Cross.  African-American, Asian-American and Latin-American blood donors may have the unique ability to help patients with special needs. Transfusions from blood donors of the same ethnic background can help these patients avoid complications.  Blood types A and B are often in high demand and are the first to run out during a shortage. These blood type can be found in a high percentage of African-American, Asian-American and Latin-American populations. You can help by donating at the next Red Cross Diversity Blood drive on Monday, October 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge.


Bookstore closed for inventory

The Columbus State Bookstore will be closed on Friday, October 30, to conduct inventory. 


Fee waiver deadline is December 11 for spring classes

The deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for Spring Semester 2016 is Friday, December 11.  A request for fee waiver must be turned into the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m. December 11, to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before the drop date for non-payment.

You may also pay your fees first, and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term, by completing the fee waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Monday, February 15, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Darrylene Mason at ext. 2406.

Staff Advisory Council Brown Bag Lunch is Oct. 28

Join Staff Advisory Council for a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, October 28, at 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore lounge on the first floor. The topic will be “Sugar Blues Got You Down?” where you will learn why people crave sweet things, why sugar is addictive, and how you can break free from emotional eating and sugar cravings. The presenter is Gina Hiser, director of Admissions, who is also a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. You can RSVP for the session by emailing Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, or calling ext. 3989.




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