Chancellor Petro Submits Plan for Shawnee State University


COLUMBUS, OH, Jan. 24, 2012 – Chancellor Jim Petro today recommended a “Success Roadmap” as part of a plan developed in collaboration with Shawnee State University. Under the current budget bill, the Ohio General Assembly instructed the chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, in conjunction with Shawnee State University, to develop a plan with the goals of increasing enrollment, improving course completion and the number of degrees conferred. 

The Success Roadmap details plans which focus on increasing co-operative education and internship programs to provide employment experiences, and to specifically recognize and award completion credit at 30 hours (1 year) and at 60 hours (2-years of completed study).

“The goals outlined for Shawnee State University are goals with which the University System of Ohio is familiar,” Petro said. “We are leading the nation in developing and implementing innovative policies aimed at graduating the maximum number of students with the skills employers are seeking as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.”  

The Plan also includes:

·         SSU shall conduct a full review of all course completion data over the past three academic years to fully understand trends and provide tailored solutions.

·         Develop collaborative partnerships with key regional secondary schools to develop rapid strategies that will prepare students to enter the university prepared to succeed.

·         Institute a First Year Experience Program.

·         Develop and expand courses and programs that allow for distance education options.

·         SSU will increase the associate and baccalaureate degree graduation rates of students targeted in this Plan by 1-3% each year of the Plan.

·         Encourage expansion of regional business, industry and civic partnerships to increase SSU Co-op or internship programs at a percentage rate equivalent to the projected increase in enrollment.

·         Identify and modify institutional policies, practices and programming that currently increase the time to graduation for students.

·         Further SSU’s service to the Appalachian region, strengthening relationships with regional school districts.

“We are working with the chancellor and his team and are pleased that many of the recommended strategies are already being implemented at our university,” said Shawnee State University President Dr. Rita Rice Morris. “Student success has always been a vital part of our mission and we look forward to working with the chancellor in furthering our efforts to improve student retention by focusing on strategies to support the students at greatest risk – first time in college students who are underprepared for college-level coursework.”
Four out of every five Shawnee State University students are first-generation college students. Many of these students overcome academic, social, and economic challenges to succeed in college and reach graduation.  Shawnee State University has a unique mission to provide greater access to higher education for the citizens of the Appalachian region through open enrolment. This mission brings challenges of serving a student population that has been historically underrepresented in higher education and often underprepared for college. The University is situated in a region characterized as having high poverty, fiscal challenges, and low levels of adult education attainment. While retention and completion are challenges for many Ohio universities and colleges, it is an even greater challenge in this region.

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.

Click here to read the Chancellor's Plan for Shawnee State University (PDF)

Contact Info:


Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487

Shawnee State University Contact:
Elizabeth Blevins
Office: 740.351.3112