Increasing retention and ensuring that more undergraduate students complete their journeys to earn Ohio State bachelor’s degrees are among the university’s most important priorities. In leading this effort, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) hosted a Student Success Summit on Dec. 2. During the daylong retreat, nearly 175 participants discussed insights and explored new strategies supporting Ohio State’s continuing efforts to increase retention and graduation rates.
After a welcome and thank you from Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam, a highlight of the morning session was a panel discussion featuring three area K-12 superintendents. Talisa Dixon, Columbus City Schools; Jeff Brown, Granville Exempted Village Schools; and Stan Jefferson, Mansfield City Schools, shared their insights regarding the upcoming generation of students who will fill Ohio State’s undergraduate student pipeline.
Other summit agenda items included a discussion of adaptations, innovation and lessons from COVID, and strategy sessions focused on first-year retention, helping students get to graduation, STEM student success, and second-to-third-year retention.
The summit was organized by Charlene Gilbert, senior vice provost for student academic excellence and other members of the Strategic Workgroup on Completion. Gilbert provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for teams across OAA’s recently realigned student academic excellence portfolio, including enrollment, student services, and academic support and programs. It was the first OAA summit focusing collectively on all aspects of student success by bringing together teams from across the realigned area. Similar future sessions will be held regularly.
Strategic Workgroup on Completion
- Charlene Gilbert, Senior Vice Provost for Student Academic Excellence
- David Graham, Assistant Vice Provost for Transition and Academic Growth
- David Horn, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
- Shanna Smith Jaggars, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Student Success Research Lab
- Norman Jones, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
- Linda Katunich, Executive Director, Analysis and Reporting
- Anne McDaniel, Associate Vice President, Strategy, Impact and Academic Partnerships, Student Life
- Kia McKinnie, Director, Academic Success Programs
- Randy Smith, Vice Provost for Academic Programs
- Amy Treboni, Senior Director of Academic Advising
- Chila Thomas, Executive Director of the Young Scholars Program, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- James Orr, Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Management
“The important insights and strategies explored at this summit will help Ohio State continue building on the positive momentum the university has already achieved in increasing retention and graduation rates,” said Gilbert. “As more young people and their families see the value and benefits of an Ohio State degree, we remain committed to our strong focus on student success and to providing our Buckeyes with a tremendous academic experience from precollege to graduation.”