Helmsley Charitable Trust Awards Student Success Grant to ODHE

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2016-02-29) — 

Ohio’s efforts to help more college students find success in mathematics courses that align with their desired degree have been bolstered by a grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

The Trust awarded slightly more than $400,000 to the Ohio Department of Higher Education to continue implementation of its 2013 Ohio Mathematics Initiative, which resulted in a mathematics faculty-led redesign of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), statistics and quantitative reasoning courses. The redesign was developed to help students customize their line of coursework to complement and better meet the needs of their chosen areas of study.

The grant will help engage higher education faculty, advisors and administrators in Ohio to ensure that these redesigned courses are implemented on campus and aligned with specific degrees. The grant also provides resources for co-requisite remediation strategies that provide support for students in the redesigned courses.

“Ohio is impressively dedicated to college student success and an exceptional leader for all states working to improve mathematics pathways in higher education,” said Rich McKeon, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s education program director. “We are thrilled to help further this work in Ohio and leverage the incredible local faculty’s expertise to help more students throughout the state.”

“The Helmsley Charitable Trust grant award builds upon the foundational work that mathematics faculty in Ohio have done to create more options for students to achieve success in mathematics on their way to completing degrees,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. “The new grant provides us with the resources to help faculty work across academic disciplines and pilot the best programs that guarantee students will have the right math skills to advance in a variety of career paths.”

The Ohio Department of Higher Education will compile and disseminate information on best practices for aligning appropriate mathematics courses with various degrees as well as the ways in which co-requisite approaches to remedial education promote student success.

Ohio’s 14 public universities and 23 community colleges will be invited to bring teams of faculty, advisors and administrators to one of two regional conferences in April 2016 that will showcase examples of successful mathematics. Participating campuses will be invited to respond to an RFP that will award grants to six to eight institutions to link redesigned mathematics courses and degree pathways as well as pilot co-requisite strategies for remediation that build math skills required for student success.

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.

About The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health, place-based initiatives, and education and human services. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.5 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. The Trust's Education Program seeks to advance American economic competitiveness as well as individual social mobility. In K-12, the Trust focuses on ensuring all students graduate high school prepared for college or careers by supporting teacher effectiveness and the adoption and implementation of high academic standards. In higher education, the goal of the Trust’s grantmaking is to increase the number and diversity of college graduates in STEM fields by improving persistence to graduation.

Contact Information: 

Ohio Department of Higher Education Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov