Wednesday, June 5, 2013

John Fisher presents paper at professional conference on strategic enrollment initiatives

OU-C Director of Student Services John Fisher recently presented a paper that he and Associate Dean Jim McKean prepared on the use of internal and external data to improve enrollment and course delivery process at the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education in Dayton.

The presentation focused on how campuses can use data available to them through the Census Bureau, Ohio Department of Development and the Ohio Board of Regents to create a demographic picture of their enrollment service region and then use that data to develop targeted recruiting plans.

The presentation also showed how data available through the census can provide individuals responsible for recruiting and marketing with local information on county and city populations as well as school enrollments and how that information provides a critical foundation for a data-informed enrollment plan at a regional campus. Fisher also explained how OU-C student services uses data generated on campus to better focus its recruiting at area high schools and among non-traditional student populations in OU-C’s service area and how data from the Ohio Board of Regents can help campuses anticipate the composition of their student body on an annual basis.

Finally, Fisher discussed the findings of the Student Course Preference Survey that he and McKean conducted of OU-C’s campus. This survey was conducted across a broad spectrum of both incoming and current students to assess their preferences regarding online, blended and traditional face-to-face classes. The results of this survey help OU-C better align its course offerings with the educational needs of its students so the campus can improve its overall service to students.

OU-C baseball and softball players earn all-conference recognition

Some Ohio University-Chillicothe baseball and softball players earned all-conference recognition for the 2013 season, including the Most Valuable Player recognition in softball.

Senior centerfielder and pitcher Stephanie Wright and freshman pitcher and first baseman Erin Bane were named first-team All-ORCC (Ohio Regional Campus Conference) in softball. Wright was also received Most Valuable Player honors. Wright and Bane are both graduates of Unioto High School.

Also, sophomore shortstop, Brooke Hoskins received second team All-ORCC honors. Hoskins is a graduate of Waverly High School.

In baseball, junior catcher/third baseman Mike Hamilton and freshman Dakota Snyder, a utility player, were named first-team All-ORCC. Hamilton is a graduate of Paint Valley High School and Snyder is a graduate of Miami Trace High School.

Along with them, junior pitcher, outfielder and first baseman Zack Kingsolver was named second team All-ORCC and freshman catcher Nathaniel Haller was named honorable-mention. Kingsolver is a graduate of Greenfield McClain High School and Haller is a graduate of Jackson High School.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Transfer, relocate option emphasizes that OU-C provides a gateway to opportunity for students

One of the unique aspects of the Ohio University-Chillicothe educational experience is the opportunity for students to become acclimated to college and build a strong academic base while deciding what academic path to follow. While most students complete their studies on the Chillicothe Campus, which offers more than 20 academic programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, as well as a small-campus setting and affordable tuition, some students will eventually transfer to other campuses to complete their academic programs.

Since the Chillicothe Campus is part of Ohio University, students can relocate rather seamlessly to the Athens campus and have access to the approximately 250 academic programs offered by the university. Others will find their academic footing at OU-C and then transfer to another university.


Chelci Borland, a rising senior, is transferring to the Athens campus of Ohio University in 2013-14 to complete her bachelor’s degree program after spending the majority of her first three years at OU-C. Borland, a Huntington High School graduate, plans to major in communication science and disorders,
 both on the undergraduate and graduate levels at Ohio University and then pursue a career as a speech pathologist.

The transition has been gradual for Borland, who attended classes on both the Chillicothe and Athens campuses during spring semester 2013.

“I started as a psychology major and have switched to communication science disorders. I now need to move to the Athens campus to complete my major,” she said.

Borland has found a career path that allows her to turn her passion into her profession. “I took a couple of sign language classes as gen ed (general education) courses and became interested in communication disorders. I then took an introductory class in that area and fell in love with it. I found that is where my passion lies.”

 Borland looks to work in pediatrics, which aligns with her desire for helping others, something she has been doing both locally and globally. She is involved with Chillicothe-area volunteer organizations including a food drive, toy drive and a program to help elderly residents. Borland also traveled to Bulgaria in the summer of 2010 as part of a volunteer outreach project.

“I am part of the Christmas Smiles organization,” Borland explained. “We help families during the holiday season by giving them food, clothing and even toys.” Borland looks to continue with community involvement programs in Athens.


Through her participation in the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) at OU-C, Victoria Pyzik has her options open in regards to her future college plans. The Waverly High School student accumulated 51 credit hours, placing her technically as a second-semester college sophomore, by the time she earned her high school diploma this spring.

Pyzik, who is currently enrolled in summer classes at OU-C, plans to begin her post-high school college career on the Chillicothe Campus this fall, and then transfer, probably to either the University of Cincinnati or Miami (Ohio) University, in the spring of 2014.

“The transfer option has worked out great for me,” Pyzik said. “All of my classes will transfer, so every credit was productive. Plus, I was able to experience college life and understand what college classes are like, as well as the expectations and style of faculty members. This should make the future transfer that much easier for me.”

There were practical implications to beginning her college career on the Chillicothe Campus, especially in the PSEOP program, in which her tuition and other costs were provided.
“In addition to building a good academic base and a taste for college life, I have been able to save money and avoid debt from college costs,” she said.

Pyzik began her college experience slowly, taking two classes during the winter quarter of her junior year of high school, in 2011 and treading slowly at first. She has since gone full throttle, taking 14 credit hours in fall semester 2012 and 15 hours this past spring term.

“Looking back, I wish I would have taken more classes initially, but I did not want to get overwhelmed,” she said.

Pyzik plans to eventually enter a master’s degree program in speech language pathology, possibly at Ohio University.

“Whatever I do, I now have a lot of options at this point,” she said.

Chillicothe Campus student Ian McCord in fast lane toward earning a college degree

By OU-C student intern Michele Schambs

It’s not every day you hear of a 20-year-old graduating from college. Ohio University-Chillicothe student Ian McCord, however, had other plans.

At a time when most students would be finishing their sophomore year in college, McCord will earn his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice this summer after previously earning an associate degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

“Overall, I would describe myself as being fairly laid-back, but when I have a project in front of me, I want to complete it,” McCord said in describing his motivation.

A 2011 graduate of Unioto High School, McCord decided to take classes at OU-C his senior year in high school as part of the Seniors to Sophomores program that allows students to take courses for college credit. For McCord, it was a difficult decision since it would mean sacrificing some usual high school rituals such as spending time with his friends.

“It was worth it in the long run,” McCord said. He saw the benefits that the program brought and decided to take it.     .

Part of the reason that McCord decided to attend OU-C was its affordability and convenience. 

Along with school, McCord works 20 hours a week in the School of Nursing Office.

“With working, it is important to balance those responsibilities with academics. I just work on my homework at night or over the weekend,” McCord said.

McCord has big plans. His ultimate goal is to become a Special Agent for the FBI, but he knows he needs to get some experience under his belt first. Ian wants to become a police officer for a big city to gain that experience.

McCord named off a few of the cities he is thinking about applying to “I’m thinking Columbus, Cincinnati or maybe even New York,”

Graduating college two years ahead of where most college students would be takes a certain quality, and McCord has shown the determination to achieve his goals. “It took a lot of determination,” McCord said was what drove him to get through. “I want to get my future started, and I look forward to what it holds.”

Those qualities of determination and perseverance that marked his college career will continue to serve him in his professional pursuits.

OU-C, local high school collaborate in project to enhance student success

OU-C faculty member Dywayne Nicely and his wife, Tara, a mathematics teacher at Chillicothe High School (CHS), recently held a doughnut party for CHS students who participated in a project designed to help local high school students develop the analytical skills they need to succeed in college.

The project tracked the progress of 63 Chillicothe High School junior students in two math courses from September 2012 to April 2013 to coincide with the SHARP (Student Homework Attendance Responsibility Program) tutoring program at the local high school.

Nicely, assistant professor of mathematics at OU-C, earned a competitive Baker Fund Award from Ohio University to support the study, “A word on word problems: How improving reading comprehension can improve performance on mathematical word problems.”

The project supports OU-C’s mission of helping area students utilize higher education to reach their potential and achieve their goals. By addressing the reading comprehension challenges, students will have improved skills for academic success in their academic careers, as Nicely pointed out in the grant application.

Other project collaborators from CHS include principal Jeff Fisher, principal; and language arts teacher Wilbur Vickery. The OU-C Dean’s Office provided partial matching funds to the grant to offset costs.

A story about Nicely’s Baker  Fund Award is available in the campus news blog at