$1.5 Million Award to Help Ohio’s Community Colleges Improve Student Success

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2016-08-16) — 

The Community College Research Center (CCRC) located at Teachers College, Columbia University has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to support Ohio’s public community colleges’ efforts to accelerate implementation of guided pathways on their campuses. The grant will help all Ohio community colleges focus student effort toward more efficient attainment of degrees and credentials needed in today’s workplace.


“The implementation of structured curriculum pathways has shown incredible promise in helping students obtain their postsecondary credentials so that they can enter the workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills,” said Jack Hershey, president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC).  “This initiative is another reflection of the commitment of our colleges to enhance the success of our students by delivering an innovative, affordable and high-quality education.”


The project will build on ongoing efforts by Ohio community colleges to restructure their programs and services to improve graduation rates and career readiness. OACC has worked with community colleges and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) to pave the way for students to succeed in their quest to graduate and prepare for the workforce.


“Helping students get a strong start in college is important, but it’s even more important that they finish what they start,” said ODHE Chancellor John Carey. “By simplifying student choices, building strong advising processes and embedding other student support services, the guided pathways model will enable students to complete their degree without accruing a large amount of student debt. Our efforts will help students and families, but also Ohio’s economy.”


CCRC, in collaboration with OACC and ODHE, will help provide research assistance using system-wide data on Ohio college students to guide and monitor the progress of reforms.  These activities will enable Ohio to utilize CCRC’s applied research and strategic technical assistance to help accelerate and enhance the impact of guided pathways at Ohio’s colleges.

About the Ohio Association of Community Colleges

OACC advocates for Ohio’s community colleges, and serves as a resource for its member institutions. The OACC provides leadership to develop and execute strategic direction for Ohio’s community and technical colleges, represents its member colleges at the state and national level, promotes the benefit of community colleges to the residents of Ohio, provides opportunities for trustee development, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and information.

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly known as the Ohio Board of Regents) is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

Contact Information: 

Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov