OATN News & Notes: September 2011


Back in to the swing of things!

Dear colleagues:

Isn’t it exciting to watch all these new students arriving to campus? Of course, that also means our email inboxes start growing (even faster, it seems, than the cattails by my house) but there’s a silver lining. At least for me, the arrival of students always provides an opportunity to remember just how important our work can be to their future.

In this issue of our newsletter you will find an update on the progress of a new agreement, notes on some very important meetings, and two introductions and a farewell. I sincerely hope you will enjoy each of these, but I can’t let the opportunity go by to remind you that the next deadline for submitting courses for approval is fast approaching. If you have questions about what’s required for a particular course, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of my staff immediately.

One final note, if you’d like to see past issues of the newsletter, just visit this link: http://www.ohiohighered.org/transfer/news

Thanks for all that you do,

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


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  1. Group Drafting Renewable Energy Transfer Agreement Puts Some of Their Own Energy Toward A New Way of Other Agreements
  2. Committee Update: Oversight Board and OTM Faculty Subcommittee Meet Back-to-Back
  3. In Which the Secret Identities of the Network Staff are Revealed – Featuring Sam and Ryan
  4. A Hello That Ends With Goodbye

Group Drafting Renewable Energy Transfer Agreement Puts Some of Their Own Energy Toward A New Way of Other Agreements

Nine percent. That’s how much The Pew Charitable Trusts reported jobs in the clean energy economy grew from 1998 to 2007. (For reference, that’s between two to three times the growth rate of jobs across the economy) Dig into those numbers, and you will find even more impressive numbers posted by solar and wind energy generation. In the entire renewable energy field, people working in the generation of power account for well over half of renewable energy jobs. Among the energy generation share of jobs, the lion’s share is in solar (62.5 percent) with wind coming in second place (9.7 percent). Don’t make the mistake of writing off wind though. Jobs in wind energy generation may have started smaller in 1998 but, over the 9 years of Pew’s study, the area’s beating solar in growth (23.5 percent in wind to 19.1 in solar).

Now, that was a lot of numbers, the real takeaway? The renewable energy sector offers real, and growing, numbers of jobs to the economy. With jobs, comes a need for educated workers. And, with job growth like 9 percent, you would be right if you guessed the next sentence in this article would be: “A transfer agreement is in the pipeline.”

Through a grant secured by the University of Toledo (via the National Science Foundation, Partnership for Innovation Programs) and in collaboration with the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network ; Gayle Ashbridge, Assistant Director Career Technical Initiatives, in partnership with UT’s Dr. Frank Calzonetti, Ms. Marcia King-Blandford and Ms. Margie Traband  has brought together faculty from  three major areas of study within the Renewable Energy  arena to develop a set of learning outcomes and associated Transfer Assurance Guides and/or Career Technical Assurance Guides. 

Here are the folks from the Renewable Energy panel, hard at work:

But, there’s a twist to the development of these guides.  Most of the time, the guides are written to map connections between related (but far from identical) course syllabi at different secondary, adult career centers, colleges and universities. That works (and it better since we are up to 40 TAG’s and 20 CTAG’s on our books to-date) but there’s an easier way.

If we can start the writing of the transfer guides while the courses in that area are still in the development stage, everybody benefits. The faculty mapping out these new courses can utilize the advice and knowledge of their colleagues from around the state to accelerate the writing of learning outcomes for the new class. This simplifies and speeds the work for the team putting together the transfer guide, since the learning outcomes for each course were written in consultation with some of the same colleges and universities who would later be accepting the transfer credits. Most importantly, a faster and more unified approach gets out in the field and offered to students much more quickly, providing them with more flexible, affordable, and reliable transfer.

So, thanks to the volunteers on the Renewable Energy CTAG/TAG development groups for leading the way as we learn more about how to build the agreements in new, fast-changing areas all while continuing to offer students in Ohio a more flexible and affordable education.

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Committee Update: Oversight Board and OTM Faculty Subcommittee Meet Back-to-Back

Meetings, especially important ones, are expensive but not because of written costs. Instead, these meetings are expensive because they require the time and attention of busy people with lots of competing responsibilities. So, if you are going to call a meeting, there are at least two things you want to start with: A full agenda and full attendance.

Last week, the Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network brought two groups, our Oversight Board and our Ohio Transfer Module Faculty (OTM) Subcommittee, over to Columbus for exactly those kind of meetings with lots of busy people. We are happy to report that we not only had a full agenda, but covered it and heard lots of great feedback and attendance at both meetings was also strong.

The meeting of the Oversight Board on Thursday covered topics ranging from improvements in the technology infrastructure that supports credit transfer to a new effort to market credit transfer in Ohio to the conversion to semesters and updates to the expedited course review process we are implementing to support that conversion. Several of these presentations were led by some of Chancellor Petro’s top staff including Senior Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Enterprise Development Gary Cates, Chief of P-20 Education Technology John Conley, and Deputy Chancellor for Communications and Advocacy Kim Norris.

Then the next day (and yes, after two big meetings in two days, several of us slept quite well Friday night), the OTM Faculty Subcommittee met. This meeting covered some of the same issues like the new course review process as part of calendar conversion and one of our most important technology tools, the Course Equivalency Management System, but the subcommittee also discussed the continuing effort to lower student textbook costs.

So, it was a busy couple of days but well spent since these meetings are one of the most important ways we can update those of you out there in the field on what we are working on and hear from you about how we can improve our support of your work and of students throughout Ohio.

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


If this isn’t your first time reading this newsletter, you know that the “secret identities” in this section are typically a hobby or interest that you wouldn’t normally know about a member of the Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network team. What you don’t know (probably) is that, for Sam Stoddard, that’s actually pretty true.

By day, as Administrator for Articulation and Transfer,  Sam brings to bear his seven years of experience in supporting transfer guides, modules, and credit standards. By night, Sam puts his Bachelor of English from The Ohio State University to work as an author of fictional short stories (and yes, he’s published).



ryan_0.pngBy contrast, Ryan Cupp, Administrator of the Career-Technical Credit Transfer agreements, isn’t leading a double life, he’s just trying to cram 3-4 in at the same time. Quick, guess the career path of a Ohio Northern University Bachelor’s of History graduate with minors in Museum Studies, Public history, Archaeology and German who also spent a year at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Did you come up with: 1. Managing a small town pizza place; 2. Wrangling high school students as school substitute teacher; 3. Going into his third year at the Ohio Board of Regents? I’m guessing not. It’s ok. I didn’t either.

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A Hello That Ends With Goodbye


Sharp-eyed (or is it sharp-eared) readers may notice a shift in tone in this newsletter over the coming months. As of Friday, I, Rob Evans (officially known as Communications Coordinator for the Ohio Articulation & Transfer Network) will be handing over the reigns of this publication to a talented, but different, set of hands.

I have managed, until now, to avoid having to send out my own bio, (though I haven’t been shy about forcing the other staff here to do so). Since starting with Paula and her amazing team in March, I have tried, in small ways, to help spread the message of Ohio’s uniquely-strong credit transfer system to a few more readers and in a bit more casual and (hopefully) entertaining way.

I remain deeply passionate about the need, strength, and growth of higher education in Ohio but I  will soon be channeling that passion into a new position. Monday, I will start as the Analyst for Mindset Digital, a company (fostered by one of Ohio’s great public universities) that helps train people in fields, including education, on how to take advantage of the revolution in social communication the last 10 years have brought.

I could not be more excited about this new challenge but I wanted to take a moment to say personally what I have written on behalf of this organization many times: Thank you for all the you have done and will continue to do to better this great state.

Be well. Do good works.