COLUMBUS, OH, Feb. 1, 2013 – Preparing Ohio’s high-school students for college and career is one of the shared goals of the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The two agencies are working more closely than ever before to ensure a seamless transition for students from high school to post-secondary learning.
The Ohio Board of Regents successfully moved from its Rhodes Tower office to the Ohio Department of Education building on Front Street at the end of December and has completed the first month in its new location. OBR staff members share two floors – the 2nd and the 7th – with ODE staff members, and all had an informal “mixer” on Jan. 18 to get to know each other in an effort to foster future collaboration efforts.
“This move is all about collaboration, and it ties in to Governor Kasich’s directive for all state agencies to work collaboratively and efficiently,” said OBR Chancellor Jim Petro. “The effort to better educate Ohio’s students really has to start pre-kindergarten and run through post-secondary education. So it made sense to have our staff work closely with the Ohio Department of Education staff, and what better way to do that than by having all of us under one roof?”
Physically occupying the same space will further collaborative efforts between the OBR and ODE, allowing Ohio’s two education agencies to strengthen their partnership while developing policies that promote student success. Managers from both agencies had the first of what will become monthly lunch meetings to informally discuss ways to work together in the weeks and months ahead.
“I know the fruits of our labor will impact Ohio students for years to come,” Petro said.
The OBR and ODE share responsibilities that include dual-enrollment and Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), teacher preparation programs, student teaching, federal and other grant funding, and many other functions.