Blackboard 9.1 is here!

Faculty and staff can get immediate technical support for Blackboard 9.1 by calling the Help Desk at ext. 5050or by coming to the Blackboard Help Center, CT 106, for walk-in assistance during the first three weeks of Spring Quarter 2011.
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News from accreditation teams

While March Madness grips much of the college world, Columbus State's three accreditation project teams are also performing at a winning pace!
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Previous Stories:

April 4, 2011

Screen 'n' Speak features "Vincent Who?"

Three to present at Black Male Summit

Free computer class

Weekly Security Tip

ITDL Seminar: Moving from classroom to web

March 31, 2011

Chorus, others to perform Sunday

Free Webcast on the future of higher ed.

Chinese delegates visit campus

Emotional Intelligence courses

Writing workshops

Meyers premiers latest

Volunteers needed for marathon

Humor workshop

Upward Bound seeks instructors

Blood drives in April

Why to buy textbooks at the DX bookstore

March 28, 2011

Join the Welcome Team

Blackboard 9.1 is here!

News from accreditation teams

Logistics job fair

Chinese delegates visit

March 21, 2011

Spring enrollment up 2%

Professional Development Series

CAUSE empowers young leaders

Symposium honors Johns

Board appreciation

March 17, 2011

500 students to graduate

Inauguration week video, photos

Blackboard help center

Dental Hygiene Alumni set record

Weekly security tip

AED, CPR training

March 14, 2011

Inauguration Day pride

PERFORMs discussions

Golf season begins

Landscaping helpers earn grant

Create a culture of excellence

Spring Fling

Happy Pi day

March 10, 2011

Feedback on VP candidates

ITDL Webinar

Free college textbooks for Ohio students

March 7, 2011

VP Candidate forum

Bike to campus

ITDL seminars

Employee Service Awards

Weekly security tip

This week at Columbus State
Monday April 4

Yoga, Noon- 1 p.m., DE-158

Aerobics, 4:15-5:15 p.m., DE-158

Zumba, 5:15-6:15 p.m., DE-158

Tuesday April 5
Wednesday April 6
Thursday April 7
Friday April 8

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April 7, 2011

Preferred Pathway streamlines transfer between Columbus State, OSU

presidents with sign
Beside a poster that makes the two campuses appear as one, Columbus State President David Harrison and Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee prepare for a news conference about “Preferred Pathways” to a bachelor’s degree. The program was unveiled on Tuesday and will begin in the fall of 2011.

“The front door to the American Dream is the community college,” said OSU president Gordon Gee yesterday at a news conference held to announce the Preferred Pathway agreement with Columbus State. 

The new program will allow qualified new full-time students at Columbus State to apply and receive college counseling from both schools, as well as OSU student services, orientation, and access to financial aid, grants, and scholarships.  Students will be able to choose from up to 80 different tracks that lead to bachelor’s degrees at Ohio State.

Nearly 900 students, or about 37% of Ohio State’s transfer student population, come from Columbus State, by far the largest group at the university.  OSU hopes to increase that number of transferring students by 500 in the next five years.

Lily Landauer earned an Associate of Arts degree last year. She transferred directly to OSU for autumn quarter 2010 to pursue a bachelor’s in Spanish and a master’s in education.
“I started working with an OSU advisor one year before transferring from Columbus State to make sure I was taking all of the required classes for my OSU major,” said Landaeur. “Being able to visit OSU before attending there helped me feel comfortable and confident that I would be able to handle transferring to such a large university. Having the support of both schools is an invaluable resource.”

Applications for the program will open on May 15.  Faculty members from both colleges are working to align the curriculum so students can realistically complete a bachelor’s degree in four years. 

President Harrison and President Gee will each present a resolution to their Boards of Trustees at the next meeting for approval.

Hear more from Tuesday’s news conference here. 


Continuous improvement Language Institute coordinator’s hallmark

Tara Narcross, Ph.D. so well known for taking meticulous meeting notes, tracking statistics, and providing valuable feedback, that newly formed committees across campus compete with each other to have her as a member.

Narcross can’t be everywhere at once however—she’s the long-time coordinator (11 years) of the Columbus State Language Institute, which keeps her busy with more than 1,800 enrollments in 2010.  President Obama has recognized her with the 2010 President’s Volunteer Service Award for her work in the Somali community. “Tara has helped make Columbus State a household work for our new American neighbors,” said Nancy Case, in her nomination letter for Staff Employee of the Month.

Narcross was given the April SEOM award at a ceremony held yesterday. 

She began working at Columbus State teaching ESL and Spanish in the Modern Languages department in 1997, after earning her Ph.D. from Ohio State.
She and Modern Languages chair Garry Fourman started the Language Institute with a $25,000 Development Foundation grant in 2000, which was six-month start-up funding for the project. Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) took the Language Institute into their division later that year and enrollment swelled from 12 students in summer 2000 to more than 1800 last year. 

“Whenever a committee is being formed, the first name that comes to mind is Tara Narcrosss,” said David Meyers, CEWD. “There are number of reasons for this, but it all stems from the fact that she is exceptionally bright and extremely knowledgeable about nearly every subject that arises.” 

“Tara raises the bar for everyone else.  I can think of no one who is more committed to the mission of Columbus State at its most fundamental level than Tara Narcross.”

See more in a video from the April 6 SEOM ceremony here.


Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year

Big Name. Important Work.

You may have heard the term “Foundations of Excellence” mentioned around campus. And we hope you took part in the surveys that were distributed to faculty, staff and students last fall to gather information and opinions regarding student success. These surveys were an important first step in the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) project.

Until now, the campus at large hasn’t had much opportunity to be a part of Foundations of Excellence. This Friday, that will all change with the April 8 Foundations of Excellence launch meeting.

Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year is a worldwide program in which colleges and universities around the globe voluntarily take part. It involves an in-depth self-study by each institution, and a detailed assessment of our own efforts to date that contribute to the success of first-year college students. Columbus State is taking part in the FoE process as a part of our commitment to student success and attainment.

Only one in five students who enrolls in our nation’s two-year colleges finishes his/her degree within three years. This statistic demonstrates the significance of the drop-out problem and emphasizes the importance of the FoE study.

A student’s success begins with their first contact with a college or university. Literally every interaction we have with them, every service we provide (or don’t provide), and the ease with which they can access services and pursue their degree impacts whether or not they will ultimately succeed. There are a lot of reasons for this drop-out rate, and the FoE project will help us define these reasons and determine which ones most affect Columbus State students.

The FoE project involves nine “Dimensions,” or areas of study:

  • Philosophy

  • Organization

  • Learning

  • Campus Culture

  • Transitions

  • All Students

  • Diversity

  • Roles and Purposes

  • Improvement

Faculty and staff from all areas of campus have volunteered their time to serve on Dimension Committees, which will work to gather important information on their assigned area. The data and information they gather will guide the College in creating an action plan to improve and enhance the resources and support we provide to our students to aid in their attainment of educational goals.

The project’s official launch meeting is April 8, when all Dimension Committees will attend a training session and prepare to begin their work. Thank you in advance to everyone who in involved in the FoE process for your time and effort toward this critical initiative.

Watch future editions of Update for information on each dimension, and how it impacts student success.


hulahoopGet in shape with hoops!

This Spring Quarter, the Department of Student Activities and Athletics is offering a brand-new wellness class: Hula Hoop! Hula Hoop is being held every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m.-noon.  Hula Hoops are provided! This class is a fun, aerobic exercise that will really help strengthen your core.

This Spring Quarter you can take classes from A-Z! Choose from aerobics, spinning, yoga, Pilates, circuit training and Zumba. All wellness classes are held in Delaware Hall 158. See a brochure of all Wellness Activities here.


Columbus State leads state-wide training program for police 

The Columbus State Department of Public Safety hosted a state-wide conference for campus law enforcement and security officers this week on campus. The Department was instrumental in developing the training program designed especially for college and university officers.  The program is modeled after the successful K-12 School Resource Officers training program, sponsored by the Ohio School Resource Officers Association.  Public Safety Director Dr. John Nestor, Chief of Police Sean Asbury and Student Conduct Program Coordinator Kellie Brennan, J.D., presented at the conference, along with presenters from Cincinnati State and Ohio State.


Columbus State to host “Day of Silence”

silence gestureSponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), the National Day of Silence April 15 is a day of action in which students across the country take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. Through their activities students can speak out against harassment and organize for change for their schools and communities.  Columbus State participated in its first Day of Silence in 2008.  Here’s what the college will do in 2011 to end the silence:  

Monday, April 11
Ally Brown Bag with Spectrum
“Can you be your WHOLE self at work?”
12– 1 p.m. in Franklin Hall 312

Wednesday, April 13
Cougar Pride Ally Meeting
Supporting GSA inside and outside the classroom
4- 5 p.m. in Franklin Hall 251

Thursday, April 14
Silent Information Table
“What are YOU doing to end the silence?”
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Lobby

Friday, April 15
2nd Annual Metamorphosis Drag Show
Breaking the Day of Silence with Cougar Pride
7– 10 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium

For more information contact: or call ext. 2426.


Massis’ work included in worldwide reading list

Bruce Massis

Emerald Group Publishing Limited (UK) reported today that Director of the Educational Resources Center (ERC) Bruce Massis’ column, published in New Library World, has been selected for inclusion in Emerald Reading ListAssist; Emerald’s free, unique, peer-reviewed reading list service provided to all Emerald subscribers (libraries and library systems worldwide).

These comprehensive, subject-specific reading lists have been compiled by faculty experts and facilitate both teaching and learning, whilst further increasing the dissemination of the work of selected authors.  The service, launched April 5, is comprised of a collection of 50 reading lists and accompanying editorials, covering subjects across Emerald’s portfolio areas. Each reading list contains 60-80 Emerald articles and has filterable data markers that help the user to refine content searches. These indicators provide information on the article's practical, literary and pedagogical features, allowing for fast, easy and idiosyncratically-led content searches.

Massis authors the bi-monthly column for New Library World entitled, “What’s New in Libraries” where he writes on issues facing today’s academic libraries.