COLUMBUS, OH, Nov. 13, 2012 – Improving Ohio’s competitiveness in a global economy, creating greater economic opportunities for its citizens and increasing the percentage of Ohio adults with a degree or certificate were the primary goals that Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro had in mind when he convened a Complete College Ohio Task Force.
The task force, which was divided into three working groups (Ready for College, No Time to Waste and Help Me Cross the Finish Line), was charged with developing a set of strategic recommendations for reaching the aforementioned goals. After several months of research and meetings, the task force has released its Complete College Ohio Report as part of today’s Complete College Ohio Conference at Columbus State Community College.
“Student success was first and foremost in our minds when we convened this task force,” Petro said. “Our focus is to increase the number of Ohioans who complete college. To ensure a prosperous future, our students and our state need to see significant improvement in college completion.”
The task force lists 20 recommendations in its report, directed to institutions of higher learning as well as policymakers. The recommendations are offered as a menu of options for consideration, customization and action.
The recommendations detailed in the report are as follows:
- Require institution-specific Campus Completion Plans.
- Adopt a consistent, statewide definition of “college and career readiness.”
- Adopt a consistent, comprehensive statewide definition of “college completion” and uniform statewide requirements for common college credentials.
- Establish stronger collaboration and tighter alignment across the P-16 education continuum.
- Establish a new system of high school assessments to improve preparation and readiness for college.
- Intensify engagement of students and families prior to students’ enrollment in college.
- Broaden awareness of connections between college completion and career opportunities.
- Enhance financial literacy and planning for students and families.
- Expand opportunities for earning college credits that count toward a degree or certificate before graduating from high school.
- Increase opportunities for adults to earn college credits for meaningful knowledge and skills documented through Prior Learning Assessments.
- Adopt more holistic college placement assessments and policies.
- Redesign and personalize remedial education course content and policies, especially for adults returning to school.
- Develop comprehensive, mandatory orientation and first-year experiences, as well as robust support and interventions for all students.
- Develop institutional systems that accelerate students’ connection to clear and concise degree pathways, track progress toward academic goals and intervene when help is needed.
- Implement “intrusive” advising supported by robust academic support systems and services.
- Devise more flexible, innovative scheduling, registration and degree-granting policies and practices.
- Strategically expand and enhance Ohio’s articulation and credit transfer programs.
- Expand programs for rewarding and leveraging meaningful “packages” of academic program work that have been completed, or nearly completed, but not formally credentialed.
- Expand and diversify financial opportunities and incentives for achieving critical benchmarks and timely completion.
- Mount a comprehensive statewide communications strategy about college completion.
The task force concludes the Complete College Ohio Report by suggesting next steps in the completion process and asking the Board of Regents to work with campus and state policy leaders to bring the recommendations to fruition.
For more information on the Complete College Ohio initiative and report, log on to https://www.ohiohighered.org/completion.
About the Board of Regents
The Ohio Board of Regents is the state agency that coordinates higher education in Ohio. The agency is directed by its Chancellor, who is a member of the Governor of Ohio's cabinet. The Chancellor, with the advice of the nine-member Board of Regents, provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly, advocates for the University System of Ohio and carries out state higher education policy.