Students win, thanks to dedicated EHE staff
Student services team meets challenge of transition to semesters
Ohio State’s transition to semesters resulted in a year-long challenge for the College of Education and Human Ecology’s student services staff. Curriculum assessment staff had to shepherd courses through a three-tier approval process. Academic advisors had to ensure students understood the changes and how they would impact their majors.
During the transition, faculty evaluated and revised 1,276 courses, which staff guided through college, university and Ohio Department of Education approvals. Jackie Blount, senior associate dean for academic affairs, estimated it took more than 10,000 hours to achieve the course changes.
Advisors spent an additional hundreds of hours acting as students’ most valuable resource. By sending out numerous reminders to make appointments to go over the changes, they ensured seniors would graduate on time and remaining students would be able to take full course loads.
The result of the transition review included 50 new EHE programs created for the 2012 autumn semester. They included:
- 18 undergraduate majors, including 10 leading to teaching licensure.
- 12 master’s and PhD programs with multiple specializations.
- 10 licensure-only post-baccalaureate programs.
- Eight endorsements.
- Seven minors.