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OSAS Periodical





Dr. Beth Hume


Beth Hume

Vice Provost of Student Academic Success
Dean of Undergraduate Education




Welcome, deans, department heads and faculty, to the first edition of the OSAS Periodical, a newsletter for the academic community. One of my priorities is to further strengthen ties between my office, faculty and the colleges. This communication is part of that effort and will be the vehicle for periodic updates. I know you're very busy, so we'll aim for brevity and relevance.

Have questions or comments? Please reach out to me through my assistant, Betsy Ludwig.







Announcing the Office of Student Academic Success

"First do what's right for the student, then make it work for Ohio State."

In late December, Provost McPherson approved a new organizational structure for the offices of Enrollment Services and Undergraduate Education (ESUE). The reorganization was the result of months of work by ESUE leadership, along with feedback from our organization and partners.

Our new office — the Office of Student Academic Success (OSAS) — is designed to be student-focused not just in spirit but operationally as well.

We in OSAS are excited about our new organization and look forward to supporting faculty, staff and students so that every student has exceptional tools, experiences and opportunities throughout their academic journey.

Learn more about the merger
Visit the OSAS website | OSAS leadership






Time-sensitive: Accepting nominations

OSAS is seeking an associate vice provost and head of Honors & Scholars

Faculty are encouraged to apply or nominate a colleague for an internal search for the associate vice provost for Academic Enrichment in OSAS and executive director of the University Honors & Scholars Center. Send a CV and a 1-2 page letter of interest to no later than Wednesday, February 6.

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Time-sensitive: Research grant RFP

Seeking grant proposals

My office, in partnership with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning’s Digital Flagship program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is seeking proposals for the Student Academic Success Research (SASR) Grants Program. Proposals may be submitted through Friday, March 15.

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Upcoming events

RSVP now: Meeting of undergraduate coordinators

Beginning this semester, I will be holding a once-a-semester OSAS Information Session for faculty and staff who administer undergraduate programming. The goal is to keep departments up-to-date on initiatives, events, challenges and opportunities relating to undergraduate education. Our first meeting has been scheduled:

OSAS Information Session
Wednesday, February 20
Grand Ballroom at the Blackwell Inn
8:30 Breakfast
9-10 Meeting

Recruitment Summit at Ohio State

We are working with partners across campus to develop a day-long summit dedicated to student recruitment, and the recruitment of students from underserved populations in particular. What are we currently doing across the university, and what should we be doing to better coordinate efforts and align with each other? Stay tuned for more information on this event, which will take place later in the spring.






Denman changes

Re-envisioning the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Over the last 24 years, the Denman Forum has steadily outgrown its original scope — a great problem to have! Following the 2018 Denman Forum, Mr. and Mrs. Denman expressed a desire to return to a more selective capstone event. In response to their wishes, a faculty committee was convened last summer to explore options for re-envisioning the Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.

Moving forward, participation in the Denman Forum is limited to fourth-year students exclusively. In addition, Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry will host two symposiums during spring semester:

  • 24th Annual Denman Forum on Wednesday, February 20, in Pomerene Hall. 205 students will present their work during three interactive sessions throughout the afternoon.
  • Spring Undergraduate Research Festival on Tuesday, March 26, at the Ohio Union. An estimated 600 students are expected to present their work throughout the day in various presentation formats (e.g., poster, oral, 3-Minute Thesis Competitions, Post-Doctoral/Undergraduate joint sessions and Creative Arts Symposium).

Questions? Reach out to Lorraine Wallace.






Enterprise Project

How Workday will benefit faculty

The Enterprise Project is a business transformation that will improve the Ohio State experience and advance operational excellence through Workday and other modern, effective services and technology. A single administrative system — Workday — will benefit faculty by:

  • Offering access to real-time grants data
  • Creating more transparent and efficient processes
  • Providing mobile access to Ohio State information

The project has been engaging faculty through its Faculty Advisory Committee. If you’d like to stay informed about project updates, please subscribe to the monthly digest.

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Leadership update

Stephanie Sanders returns to lead Strategic Enrollment Planning

On February 11, Stephanie Sanders returns to Ohio State as associate vice president of Strategic Enrollment Planning in OSAS. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including many years here as director of Admissions Operations.

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How Undergraduate Admissions works with faculty

The admissions review

Based on Ohio State’s current admissions model, the primary means by which faculty are involved in the review of applications is as members of the Faculty Committee on Admissions (FCA). The FCA consists of at least six faculty members, and — with counsel from Undergraduate Admissions — it is charged with:

  • Aiding Undergraduate Admissions in policy changes, making updates or setting standards regarding admissions practices and requirements
  • Deciding the admission of students possessing special talents
  • Deciding how best to round out the incoming class at the annual mid-March review meeting

Other opportunities that exist for faculty involvement are:

  • Collaborating with the Honors & Scholars Center to review applications for admissions to Honors or Scholars programs, and read Eminence Scholarship applications.
  • Participating on academic department-based admission-to-major committees

If you would like to learn more, including how Undergraduate Admissions manages the holistic application review process, please reach out to David L. Roy, director of academic relations and competitive admissions.






One for the record books

Banner year for degrees awarded

In 2017-2018, Ohio State awarded 16,798 degrees. This is the largest number of Ohio State degrees ever awarded in an academic year. Of these, 11,687 were conferred in spring 2018 — the most awarded in a single term in university history.

Successfully awarding and conferring so many degrees depends on careful collaboration between the University Registrar's Eligibility and Graduation team, the Office of Commencement and Special Events, and faculty and staff from each of the university's colleges.