OATN News & Notes: October 2011


The Fruits of Our Labor

Dear colleagues:

Fall is such a productive time of year! Ohio’s farmers are busily harvesting their crops before the first freeze. I am sure that your campuses are buzzing with activity as well with your faculty, staff, and students dutifully working to achieve their goals and enjoying themselves, too, with some outdoor fun before the winter cold sets in. In the same way, the OATN has been working hard on the many initiatives that we support with Ohio’s transfer students in mind. As we continually research these activities, it is good, especially at this time of year, to reflect on the positive findings of our research and take a moment to enjoy the fruits of these labors.

Keep reading to: see the highlights from this research, locate some helpful links related to the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse (ATC), discover some innovative fields we are exploring for new CTAGs, catch up with some (CT)2 news, meet a few more key staff members, and see some additional news and notes from Chancellor Petro’s office.

Thanks for all that you do,

Paula K. Compton, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor
Articulation and Transfer



(just click one of the article titles below to jump right to full piece)

1.    The Fruits of OATN Labor: Positive Transfer Research and Our Future Research Agenda

2.    Linking You to the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse

3.    Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What Makes a Good CTAG?

4.    Full Speed Ahead with (CT)2

5.    In Which the Secret Identities of the Network Staff are Revealed – Featuring Shoumi and Darrell

6.    Other News and Notes from Chancellor Petro’s Office

The Fruits of OATN Labor: Positive Transfer Research and Our Future Research Agenda

Usually the fruits of one’s labor refer to crops that are carefully tended and taste even better because of that hard work when they are ready for harvest. Although not relative to harvesting or eating, the entire OATN (which includes all of you, too!) carefully tends to the intricacies of the Ohio Transfer Policy and other state-supported initiatives which protect Ohio’s transfer students and their hard-earned academic credits. Each time a transfer student in Ohio saves time or money and gets closer to a degree by receiving appropriate credit for their transferred courses, we are enjoying the fruits of this labor. On that note, we wanted to share some of the research findings our unit has uncovered which realizes the fruits of these labors on a larger scale. The major findings are:

·         More and more students are transferring in Ohio. In 2010-2011, 42,998 students transferred within the USO with an additional 12,560 students transferring individual credits from less to more expensive institutions. From 2002-2011, annual transfer volumes rose by 43.4%.

·         Transfer students save money. It is estimated that, in 2010-2011, there were approximately $46 million in transfer-driven savings.

When we share these findings with our partners, excellent questions are always raised about our research agenda. That said the masterminds behind our research have produced the OATN research agenda for your enjoyment. Here are the highlights:


“Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network (OATN): Research Agenda in Brief”


We encourage you to look more closely at the research findings and the research agenda to further understand the type of research our unit will continue to do, including methodology employed, data sources, and timelines for completion. 

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Linking You to the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse 

As you know, technology is pivotal to achieving the success of the OATN. One of our greatest technical assets is the ATC which facilitates electronic exchange of transcripts among the USO institutions. The ATC assures that transfer credit is consistently assessed across the state by correlating students’ academic records with statewide guaranteed courses. This automated transcript evaluation benefits students and institutions by expediting the overall transfer student processing.

As robust a tool as the ATC is, without proper data maintenance from all of you, it would not achieve the results intended. To that end, we wanted to make sure you know how to find your way in and around the ATC with the following helpful links:

ATC Homepage

ATC Implementation Files, including implementation guides, required and recommended data elements, etc.

ATC Scorecard listing USO institutions currently connected to the ATC

ATC Contacts, listing who is responsible at a given institution for sending or receiving their electronic transcripts through the ATC.

ATC Data Standards Committee showing details for past and future meetings

For any ATC-related questions, Terea Shambry-Wollins, the OATN’s Technology Liaison, welcomes your contact (tshambry@regents.state.oh.us or 614-752-9475)!

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What Makes a Good CTAG? 

Have you ever wondered how the OATN chooses viable fields for new Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs)? Well, an awful lot of research, for starters. Many times, up-and-coming sectors of the labor market are scrutinized to see if they have suitable components for a good CTAG – namely instructional content standards that could be aligned with consistent learning outcomes, national recognition or credentialing, and enough academic programs within the USO to warrant a statewide articulation agreement. Here are a few  new fields that are being vetted for possible CTAG development (figures below come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://data.bls.gov):

Phlebotomy – Besides being a really fun word to say; phlebotomy is projected to see an estimated 10.1% rate of growth over the next 10 years.

Pharmacy Technician –The need for pharmacy technicians to work under Pharmacists doling out prescriptions is projected to increase by 26% by 2018.

Massage Therapy – Ohioans must be getting more stressed; the need for masseuses is estimated to increase by 19% in the coming years.

Welding Technology – Similarly, there is a projected increase in the number of certified welders needed in the State by 2018.

Surgical Technology – Ohio is expecting to need 21% more surgical technicians, sometimes called scrubs, to assist in our operating rooms over the next 10 years.

Medical SecretaryAmong the many other ways they support health care professionals, medical secretaries are experts at filing health insurance paperwork and there is a 21% growth rate in the profession projected through 2018.


These are still in the initial stages of review but, so far, all signs point to CTAG-worthiness! Stay tuned for requests for faculty involvement in moving these possible CTAGs forward.


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Full Speed Ahead With (CT)2

Many of you know that (CT)2 has been around since 2005, following the passage of House Bill 66, specifically section 3333.162 of the Ohio Revised Code, which guarantees that students in Ohio’s secondary and adult career-technical institutions can transfer the credit earned in many of their career-technical courses and programs to Ohio’s public institutions of higher education. Recent changes in Secondary Career-Technical Education have accelerated the (CT)2 process for certain career fields and we wanted to be sure you know what that means for the OATN.

Federal funding of Tech Prep education was discontinued this year, however State funding persists and carries new provisions, including strengthened collaboration between the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). These changes have laid the groundwork for the recent acceleration of our established (CT)2 process to more rapidly develop statewide and bi-lateral articulation agreements between Ohio’s secondary Career-Technical programs (also called Tech Prep Programs of Study) and the University System of Ohio (USO). For this fiscal year, two specific objectives will be achieved:

(1)    35 statewide Secondary Career-Technical articulation and transfer agreements will be developed —12 of which are nearly finished

(2)    Statewide guidelines for bi-lateral agreements will be developed, which the 6 Ohio College Tech Prep Regions (formerly the 23 Ohio College Tech Prep consortia) will follow to create bi-lateral agreements with local USO institutions

Due to the rapid timeline, a number of major players are essential to meeting these objectives. In particular, we are already enjoying working closely with these partners:

·         CAs: The Chief Administrators of the 6 Ohio College Tech Prep regions are coordinating the bi-lateral agreements between the Secondary Career-Technical Educational and USO institutions within their regions.

·         SCTACs: Secondary Career Technical Alignment Coordinators are representative of each USO institution and will assist OBR/ODE in locating appropriate faculty to research and develop statewide agreements as well as provide an institutional point of contact for the CAs for bi-lateral agreements.

OATN/OBR staff dedicated to this project are:

Stephanie McCann, Associate Director for Career-Technical Initiatives

Julie Clemens, Associate Director for SCTAI Statewide Agreements

Michelle Blaney, Associate Director for SCTAI Bi-Lateral Agreements

Paula Compton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Articulation and Transfer

            Katie Giardello, Assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor 


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In Which the Secret Identities of the Network Staff are Revealed – Featuring Sam and Ryan


You read about Dr. Shoumi Mustafa’s work above. Shoumi is our Senior Research Analyst, working closely with Darrell Glenn (see below) to provide rich data to support the work of the OATN. In addition to helping the OATN realize the fruits of our labor in the form of his research, Shoumi often enjoys other fruits of his labors in the kitchen since he loves cooking and is intent on adding new items to his repertoire of recipes. Shoumi joined our staff after stints as a quantitative analyst of higher education at the Ohio State University and Noel-Levitz (a higher education consulting firm) and has a suspicion that very, very large datasets have been following him for some time. Shoumi is an economist by training; he holds an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Ohio State University. He specializes in the economics of education. 



dg.pngWhen posed with a questionnaire to gather facts to feature him in this newsletter, Darrell Glenn thought hard about how to respond. Makes sense, given his role as the Director of Data Management and Analysis at the Ohio Board of Regents. Darrell, educated with a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics, from Baylor University and the University of Kentucky, respectively, has also held positions in research and planning with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and as an Assistant Professor of Economics at both Providence College and Western New England College. He works closely with Shoumi to research and analyze the activities of the OATN. A blissful moment for Darrell includes sitting in his front porch rocking chair, enjoying a steady rainfall, with his dog, Jack, at his feet.

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A Hello That Ends With Goodbye


shale.pngThe potential economic impact provided by natural gas reserves in Ohio has many Ohio colleges gearing up to provide training in the industry. During the next five years, oil and gas producers are expected to spend $34 billion in exploration and development, pipelines, royalty payments to landowners and other leasing expenditures.

It is estimated that this industry will create 22,297 new jobs next year -- and then mushroom by tens of thousands from 2013 through 2015, culminating at an estimated 204,520 jobs by 2015. Wages, salaries and personal income attributable to the production would soar to an estimated $12 billion per year, including $1.6 billion in royalties, by 2015. A large number of those jobs will be in Ohio and contiguous states.

The Board of Regents has produced a two-page fact sheet and developed a webpage that provide information about this industry and the public institutions that provide training for people interested in working in this industry. Please share this link with people you know are interested in working in this industry.




ssss.pngThe Ohio State Buckeyes second win of the season on September 10th, may not have been significant in football terms, but it was for a new program administered by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and implemented by the Ohio Department of Homeland Security with help from the Board of Regents.

This month, when Ohio State played the University of Toledo, Ohio became the first state in the nation to adopt the "If You See Something, Say Something" program for collegiate sports venues. In addition, Ohio State became the first NCAA team to participate in the program. At the game, Ohio State displayed "If You See Something, Say Something" messages on the scoreboard, on the scrolling message boards in the stadium and in the concourses, and made public address announcements.

Our own Rick Amwig has headed up the efforts at the Board of Regents and is continuing to work with Ohio Homeland Security to expand the program to other Ohio institutions.
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3year.pngIncluded in Ohio's 2012-2013 budget is a provision requiring public universities to produce plans for 3-year baccalaureate degrees. The goal is to transition 10% of programs to 3-year degrees in 2012, with 60% of programs available by 2014.

The goal of this provision is to ease the financial burden on students while still providing them with a quality education. A 3-year degree also will help students complete their college education. Only 56% of students in Ohio public universities complete their bachelor's degree within six years.

A 3-year program will give many students the opportunity to graduate early; it gives other students the opportunity to pursue a dual major, to spend time studying abroad, or to complete an internship. A 3-year degree does not diminish the required number of credit hours, but provides another pathway for students to attain a college degree – a high-quality, low-cost pathway. Programs that could become part of a 3-Year Plan include: Advanced Placement, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP), Career-Technical Credit Transfer ((CT)²), and Early college high schools.

Increasingly, high school students are entering college with college credit earned through one or more of these programs. The reduced amount of time to earn a degree in a 3-year baccalaureate degree program will save students money, increase completion rates and provide more educational opportunities for Ohio students.


4buckeye.pngOnce a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. At least that is the approach the Ohio Board of Regents and the State of Ohio are taking when it comes to attending college in Ohio.

Forever Buckeyes, a provision included in the FY 12-13 budget bill, extends the in-state resident tuition rate to any Ohio high school graduate who leaves the state but returns to enroll in an Ohio college and also establishes residency in Ohio. By letting Ohio high school graduates know that they are always welcome to attend college in Ohio, the Board of Regents is encouraging young people to return to Ohio. While Ohio encourages Ohio's successful, educated young people to go out in the world, explore, and broaden their horizons, Ohio also wants to encourage them to return to the Buckeye State.

These students will become the workers that will help improve the pool of qualified applicants businesses choose from in order to grow their companies and be successful.


coe_petro.pngThe Ohio Board of Regents recently awarded Center of Excellence status to Kent State University, The Ohio State University, and Bowling Green State University. All three were recognized in the category of Cultural and Societal Transformation.

As the sixth and final category of Centers of Excellence for the state, Cultural and Societal Transformation recognizes programs that, in significant and innovative ways, study factors that affect the human condition and community welfare and offer solutions leading to the greater social and economic prosperity of individuals and communities.
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