An Initiative to Enhance Academic Success of Campus Change and Transfer Students

The Ohio State University’s Office of Student Academic Success is working to improve the success of regional campus-change and community college transfer students through a strategic planning process, including an assessment of current practices from the perspective of Ohio State faculty and staff. Partners and key stakeholders from across the university are participating in a workgroup and using a toolkit of materials to build awareness of the initiative and collect ideas on how units can support these students.

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Profile of success

Meet Dr. Heather Allen

Professor and University Distinguished Scholar, Dr. Heather Allen started her science career at Saddleback College. Dr. Allen credits the Science Fellowship at Saddleback as foundational to her success.

Stories of impact

Tim Greene

Tim Greene

Transfer student

"Columbus State Community College believed in me...Ohio State pulls out the best in me."

Wura Ifakorede

Wura Ifakorede

Transfer student

"I felt like I was a much better college student by the time I got to Ohio State."

Robert Yengo

Robert Yengo

Campus-change student

"When I got to Columbus, I realized that once I found resources, I was able to use them and do my best."

Elizabeth Beattey

Elizabeth Beattey

Campus-change student

"I think starting at a regional campus helped me study better...and I also wasn't afraid to contact professors and ask them questions."

Ruksana Kabealo

Ruksana Kabealo

Campus-change student

"Starting at a regional campus provided me with the confidence and the faith in myself to...take advantage of the opportunities in Columbus instead of getting lost in the fold."

Dr. Wayne Carlson

Dr. Wayne Carlson

Community college graduate

From the College of the Sequoias to Former Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Carlson credits starting at a community college with building a foundation for his success.

Associated research studies

In parallel with the strategic planning process, we are conducting qualitative and quantitative studies of the student experience. Research will include (1) an interview study to understand individual barriers to change/transfer, and potential solutions for overcoming those barrier; (2) a mixed-methods study of program mapping and credit articulation to understand how the clarity and efficiency of transfer students’ academic pathways differ from native Ohio State students; and (3) a quantitative analysis of student record data to understand the extent to which change/transfer students’ GPAs drop subsequent to their enrollment on the Columbus campus, how this drop differs from those of similar native Ohio State students, and the potential causes and consequences of these drops.

For questions or additional information, contact Dr. Shanna Jaggars, Assistant Vice Provost of Research and Program Assessment at jaggars.2@osu.edu.

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