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Subcommittees will provide leadership to each of the working groups for five Implementation Forums: Data, Equity & Inclusion, Placement, Co-requisite, and Advising.

Structured working groups (Implementation Forums) will be used to identify best practice research, highlight examples of successful implementation, identify opportunities for state policy improvement, and promote systemic improvement through professional development. 

Each Implementation Forum will produce a report that offers a set of concrete recommendations for the identified theme.


Data Implementation Forum

Forum Members

Megan Bolter, Shawnee State University
Julie Carpenter-Hubin, The Ohio State University
Chris Doll, Central Ohio Technical College
Anne Foster, Ohio Association of Community Colleges
Martha Geiger, University of Cincinnati
Bob Haas, Marion Technical College
Amanda Herb, Washington State Community College
Linda Katunich, The Ohio State University
Cody Loew, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
Julie Quinonez, The University of Toledo
Regina Randall, Columbus State Community College
Kjera Seregi, Kent State University
Craig This, Wright State University
Peter Trumpower, Stark State College
Loralyn Taylor, Ohio University
Jane Dockery, Data Forum Facilitator, WSU
Jill Dannemiller, SStF Data Staff Lead, ODHE

Charge

As the goal of Ohio Strong Start to Finish is to increase student completion of their credit-bearing gateway mathematics and English in their first twelve months of matriculation, accurate and consistent collection of data is critical to the success of the initiative. The Data Implementation Forum is charged with developing collaborative solutions on the following items:

  • Developing common definitions for data and metrics to ensure accuracy and consistency for reporting purposes;
  • Ensuring validity of baseline and future data collection and reporting;
  • Identifying gateway course completion in mathematics and English, inclusive of alternative credit approaches such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement;
  • Determining consistent ways to track participation and outcomes in co-requisite remedial approaches both in HEI and on campus; and
  • Providing guidance to determine degree pathway participation and ways to track which mathematics and English courses are appropriate for each major.

The Data Implementation Forum will make recommendations for consistent practice for data management for the items mentioned above. Suggestions will include emerging best practices for campuses as well as identifying where changes may need to occur based on gaps in existing approaches and current technology. The Data Implementation Forum may also have recommendations for other data-related items that emerge and are germane to the goal of the initiative.

Data Leads

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Recommendation

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Equity & Inclusion Implementation Forum

Forum Members

Fred Aikens, Central State University
Matt Boaz, Wright State University
Michael Carter, Sinclair Community College
Loleta Collins, Edison Community College
Ron Gordon, Clark State Community College
Glenna Heckler-Todt, Shawnee State University
Primrose Igonor, Marion Technical College
Angela Lash, Ohio University
Matthew Mercado, Lorain County Community College
Desiree Polk-Bland, Columbus State Community College
Chila Thomas, The Ohio State University
Monique Umphrey, Cuyahoga Community College
Cheri Westmoreland, University of Cincinnati
Jeff White, Hocking College
Derrick Tillman-Kelly, The Ohio State University

Charge

The goal of Ohio Strong Start to Finish is to increase student completion of their credit-bearing gateway mathematics and English in their first twelve months of matriculation with a specific emphasis on closing the attainment gaps for students of color, adults over 25, rural students, and Pell-eligible students. The State of Ohio has an established goal that by 2025, 65% of Ohioans aged 25-64 will have a postsecondary credential of value. It is clear that Ohio cannot meet its attainment goal unless gaps in achievement are closed for underserved populations.

The Equity and Inclusion Implementation Forum is charged with developing collaborative solutions on the following items:

  • Identifying leaders in closing equity gaps that could be helpful in providing models for other campuses;
  • Capture evidence-based practices for both institutional efforts and state policies, which result in closing attainment gaps among diverse populations;
  • Recommend technical assistance that could be used for system and institutional improvements;
  • Advise the Ohio SSTF leadership teams on ways to ensure equity and inclusion are at the forefront of the initiative.

The Equity and Inclusion Implementation Forum will serve as a sounding board and advisory group to the Ohio SSTF leadership teams on ways to close the achievement gap between diverse groups of students. The Equity and Inclusion Implementation Forum may also have recommendations for other equity and inclusion-related areas that emerge and are germane to the goal of the initiative.

Equity Leads

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Placement Implementation Forum

Forum Members

Holly Hall, Belmont Community College
Kitty Burroughs, Bowling Green University
Carol Copenhefer, Central Ohio Technical College
Ivan Soprunov, Cleveland State University
Amber Selhorst, Edison Community College
Judith Huber, Kent State University
Aaron Weiss, Lorain County Community College
Sue Sepela, Miami University
Pam Robison, North Central Community College
Jessica Ruffner, Owens Community College
Peggy Chalker, Southern State Community College
Adam Hintz, The University of Toledo
Amy Gordon, Youngstown State University


Co-Leads    
Thomas Sudkamp, Wright State University
Brenda Haas, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Charge

The goal of Ohio Strong Start to Finish is to increase student completion of their credit-bearing gateway mathematics and English in their first twelve months of matriculation with a specific emphasis on closing the attainment gaps for students of color, adults over 25, rural students, and Pell-eligible students. The State of Ohio has an established goal that by 2025, 65% of Ohioans aged 25-64 will have a postsecondary credential of value. It is clear that Ohio cannot meet its attainment goal unless gaps in achievement are closed for underserved populations.

The Placement Implementation Forum is charged with developing collaborative solutions on the following items:

  • Identifying state systems outside of Ohio and institutional leaders in innovative placement strategies that could be helpful in providing models for Ohio and/or individual campuses;
  • Capture evidence-based practices for improving institutional efforts and state policies, which result in increasing gateway completion for all students, while closing attainment gaps among diverse populations;
  • Reviewing current state-wide placement policies and recommending changes to the Ohio SSTF leadership teams to minimize barriers and accelerate promising process changes;
  • Recommend technical assistance that could be used for system and institutional improvements.

The Placement Implementation Forum will serve as an advisory group to the Ohio SSTF leadership teams on ways to improve placement policies and practices, which lead to greater numbers of gateway completers, while closing the achievement gap between diverse groups of students.  The Placement Implementation Forum may also have recommendations for other placement and assessment areas that emerge and are germane to the goals of the initiative. 

Placement Leads

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Co-requisite Implementation Forum

Forum Members

Laura Anderson, Miami University
William Breeze, Cleveland State University
Sharon Burns, University of Cincinnati
Kitty Burroughs, Bowling Green University
Lori Carlson, Youngstown State University
Anthony Edgington, The University of Toledo
Ann Faber, Rhodes State College
Karl Hess, Sinclair Community College
Linda Hunt, Shawnee State University
Erin McGuire, Central Ohio Technical College
Regina Randall, Columbus State Community College
Michelle White, Terra Community College
Nancy Wright, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College

Co-Chairs    
Gerald Nelms, English Facilitator
Calista Smith, Math Facilitator

Charge

The goal of Ohio Strong Start to Finish is to increase student completion of their credit-bearing gateway mathematics and English courses in their first twelve months of matriculation with a specific emphasis on closing the attainment gaps for students of color, adults over 25, rural students, and Pell-eligible students. The State of Ohio has an established goal that by 2025, 65% of Ohioans aged 25-64 will have a postsecondary credential of value. Innovative curriculum, proactive student counselling and academic support provide essential services needed for Ohio to meet its attainment goals and to reduce gaps in achievement for underserved populations.

 The Co-Requisite Implementation Forum is charged with

  • Reviewing national and statewide research and trends on developmental education research and models of co-requisite remediation.
  • Identifying successful models and practices of developmental education that increase completion of gateway classes in a student’s first year of study. 
  • Reviewing the capabilities and challenges of Learning Management Systems, Student Success Management Systems, and/or Advising Systems for scheduling and supporting co-requisite remediation models. 
  • Providing guidance on adopting and implementing co-requisite remediation. 
  • Recommending state, ODHE, or institutional policy changes that support the implementation of co-requisite remediation.

 The Co-Requisite Implementation Forum will serve as an advisory group to the Ohio SSTF leadership teams and Ohio public institutions of higher education on the adoption of curriculum that increase completion of gateway mathematics and English courses while closing the achievement gap between diverse groups of students.  The Co-Requisite Forum may also have recommendations for other areas that emerge and are germane to the goals of the initiative. 

 


Advising Implementation Forum

Forum Members

DeVona Smith, Bowling Green University
Lakeysha Smith, Central State University
Ryan Rieder, Hocking Community College
Stephanie Beck, Miami University
Amy Treboni, The Ohio State University
Jenny Klein, Ohio University
Yasmine Bachar, Owens Community College
Karla Knepper, Sinclair Community College
Peggy Chalker, Southern State Community College
Stephanie Sutton, Stark State Community College
Adam Hintz, The University of Toledo
Kathy Temple-Miller, Washington State Community College
Amanda Spencer, Wright State University
    
Co-Chairs    
Stephanie Sutton, Stark State Community College
Amanda Spencer, Wright State University

Charge

The goal of Ohio Strong Start to Finish is to increase student completion of their credit-bearing gateway mathematics and English in their first twelve months of matriculation with a specific emphasis on closing the attainment gaps for students of color, adults over 25, rural students, and Pell-eligible students. The State of Ohio is driving towards the goal that 65% of Ohioans aged 25-64 will have a postsecondary credential of value. Proactive student counselling and support provide essential services necessary for Ohio to meet its attainment goals and to reduce gaps in achievement for underserved populations. Because many Ohio SSTF schools are exploring redesign, the Advising Implementation Forum is striving to build collaborative knowledge from our partners

The Advising Implementation Forum is charged with developing collaborative solutions on the following items

  • Identifying successful models and practices that ensure all entering students are advised about degree pathways and the associated gateway mathematics and English courses. 
  • Recommending methods of integrating advising and student support services to facilitate successful transfer between institutions.
  • Identifying advising strategies that have shown promise in increasing the completion of gateway courses by students from underserved populations.
  • Reviewing the capability of Learning Management Systems, Student Success Management Systems, and/or Advising Systems currently in use throughout the state for supporting advising and timely interventions for students at risk. 
  • Providing guidance on adopting and managing a proactive advising and student support infrastructure.

The Advising Implementation Forum will serve as an advisory group to the Ohio SSTF leadership teams and Ohio public institutions of higher education on advising and student support practices that increase completion of gateway mathematics and English courses while closing the achievement gap between diverse groups of students.  The Advising Forum may also have recommendations for other student support areas that emerge and are germane to the goals of the initiative. 

Meeting Dates

  • January 28, 2020, 1:00PM
  • February 11, 2020, 1:00 PM
  • March 17, 2020, 1:00 PM
  • April 14, 2020, 10:00 AM