Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Dywayne Nicely receives Editor’s Choice Award for research on supplemental instruction strategies in mathematics

Ohio University Chillicothe’s Dr. Dywayne Nicely recently received the 2017 Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio (AURCO) Journal Editor’s Choice award for his paper titled, “Implementing a Supplemental Instruction Program for Introductory Statistics at a Regional Campus.”

While the title to his paper may be lengthy, what his research showed was an increase in students’ grades while using supplemental instruction (SI) in a high-risk course such as statistics.
The International Center of Supplemental Instruction at the University of Missouri-Kansas City describes Supplemental Instruction as a non-remedial approach that targets “high-risk courses” rather than “high-risk students.”

Introductory Statistics has long been categorized as a high-risk course on the Chillicothe campus due to students having difficulties completing it. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Nicely, with the help and encouragement of OUC Supplemental Instructor coordinator Debra Nickles and SI leader David Felty, implemented SI for his introductory statistic course and began conducting his research to support the effectiveness of the program with anecdotal evidence.

For his research, Nicely studied the data from weekly SI sessions with the students and SI leader who conducted the sessions. This student leader needed to be competent in the subject area and serves as a critical component of a successful program.

What his paper found was that students who regularly participated in the SI sessions performed better than students who occasionally participated or did not participate.

Nicely noted, “There have been success stories after the timeframe that is covered in the paper. Many students got well-earned C’s and even D’s that enabled them to pass the course and I think that is thanks to SI. I really feel that it would have been very difficult for them to do so if they hadn’t. I remember one student who was thrilled with a D in the course, and rightly so. That D helped her graduate. There are also students who have improved their grades (B to B+ and even B’s to A’s) through taking advantage of the SI program. But I’m more delighted with those well-earned C’s and D’s, to be honest with you, because those students would have had to retake the course otherwise.”

Up until this year, Nicely was utilizing the SI program for his course. Due to the demand for quality SI leaders and the complexities of a regional campus student body makeup, he was unable to find a SI leader for this year, as his researched had denoted as a potential downfall.

“I mention this in the paper that this is a major difficulty in general but it’s compounded on a regional campus,” he said. “The pool for potential SI leaders is small and even more so at a regional campus.”

He mentioned receiving the award was an honor, especially considering this year’s Journal had the lowest acceptance rate for its publ

 “It means a great deal,” he said. “AURCO represents all of the 24 regional campuses in the state of Ohio and for my paper to be selected as the best from this year’s submissions was a real honor.” 

He also hopes that others will see the positive results of the implementation of a SI program.

“I’d hope that they [other researchers] would improve on what we did with their own research,” he said. “I’d love to see research that showed positive results through grade improvement and a reduction in the amount of withdrawals at a regional campus.”  

Nicely is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and teaches eight different math courses at OUC. He is a first-generation college graduate from rural West Virginia and received his doctorate in applied mathematics from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.  

The AURCO Journal is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary scholarly journal published annually that is dedicated to advancing knowledge through empirical investigation and theoretical analysis.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Diekroger, Everson to receive Rich Bebee Leadership Award

The Rich Bebee Leadership Award for 2017 has been bestowed upon two former distinguished Ohio University Chillicothe students, Dr. Diane Diekroger and Jack Everson. The two will be formally recognized during the Graduate Recognition ceremony April 28, 2017 at OUC’s Shoemaker Center.

The award recognizes former Ohio University Chillicothe students who exemplify service to the university, philanthropic support, recognition in their professional field and service to the community. The award is named in honor of Richard Bebee, who was Dean of the Chillicothe Campus from 2001 to 2010. Past winners include Martha Gerber Rittinger in 2012, Ken Breidenbaugh in 2013, Julie Lyddon Gourley in 2014, Stephen Gary in 2015 and James Caldwell in 2016. 

Diekroger earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from Valparaiso University in 1969, her Master in Social Work in 1971 from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and her Doctorate in Counselor Education from Ohio University in 1988. 

After serving as a school social worker in the St. Louis public schools, Diekroger joined Ohio University Chillicothe where she went on to fill roles in numerous positions for the Chillicothe Campus including adjunct faculty, Academic Retention Counselor, College Adjustment Coordinator and Coordinator of Student Support and Career Services. As an involved Ross County resident, Diekroger’s civic contributions have included work with the Chillicothe Branch of American Association of University Women, Ross County Mental Health Association, Ross County YMCA, the Sew ‘N’ Sews, a local quilting group whose mission is to make and give away quilts to those in need, and the Chivaho Credit Union Scholarship Committee. 

Everson’s pursuit of higher education began at Ohio University Chillicothe before transferring to the Athens Campus to earn his Bachelor of General Science with an emphasis in Physics in 1977. He currently holds the position of senior consultant for American Management Services, a national firm that performs business rescue for small to medium sized companies. 

His contributions to Ohio University Chillicothe and Ross County are far reaching. His civic involvement includes his role as former Mayor of Chillicothe as well as service to numerous boards of directors, alliances, commissions and councils dedicated to the betterment of Ross County and the state of Ohio. 

Everson was instrumental in instituting the athletic “Wall of Fame” for OUC athletes in the Shoemaker Center and his focus on partnerships with the Chillicothe Campus while Mayor of Chillicothe strengthened ties for the two institutions in the community. 

Both Diekroger and Everson embody the spirit of the Rich Bebee Leadership Award and will be honored for their significant contributions to the betterment of Ohio University Chillicothe.