August 31, 2021

More Student Academic Success Research Grants awarded 

The Office of Student Academic Success, in partnership with Digital Flagship and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, recently awarded an additional round of Student Academic Success Research Grants Program funds to three Ohio State researchers focused on student academic success. The new grantees join a group of six researchers who received funding earlier this year.

Each SASR-funded project has clear practical implications for the design, implementation, or scale-up of practices to improve Ohio State student success. In particular, this set of three projects are focused on improving retention or graduation among historically underrepresented students, in part by assessing and improving the climate of these students’ learning environments and broader experiences at the university.

All proposals were rated in terms of their methodological quality and practical importance by a panel of reviewers that represented multiple administrative units, academic colleges and campuses across the university.

“We’re delighted to be able support these high-quality research projects on student academic success from across the university,” said Beth Hume, vice provost for Student Academic Success and dean of Undergraduate Education. 

The winning proposals and primary investigators include: 

  • Assessing the academic success of underrepresented minority students in Engineering (Dr. Gunjan Agarwal, Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering). This research project in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Crocker in Psychology aims to employ tools of social psychology to assess the sense of belonging among underrepresented minority students in Engineering and to examine if interventions designed to improve climate and belonging have a positive impact on academic performance and retention. 
  • Examining the low number of Black men in school-based professions: A mixed methods exploration (Dr. Scott Graves, Associate Professor in Educational Studies). This research project aims to identify factors that contribute to low volumes of Black male enrollees and graduates in teacher education programs at the university, in order to inform policies and practices which can improve the recruitment and retention of Black male students into teaching professions. 
  • Staying and thriving: Cultivating community with and for Black women undergraduate students in the College of Education and Human Ecology (Dr. Kenyona Walker, Senior Project Manager at the Center on Education and Training for Employment). The project will assess the sense of belonging of Black women undergraduates in the College of Education and Human Ecology, and pilot-test a new intervention designed to increase their sense of belonging, as well as their retention at the university.