Thursday, January 18, 2007

TRIO programs hire new staff

Stephanie Albrecht

Stephanie Albrecht, formerly the assistant director of Financial Aid, has been hired to be coordinator of the Educational Talent Search, a TRIO program. Talent Search identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary institution of their choice.

Talent Search also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the education system and complete their education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education.

Alexis Sherman also has been hired in the TRIO office as the new part-time advisor for Student Support Services.

Cougar Scraper Day Jan. 27!Attend the men's or women's Cougar basketball games against Edison Community College on Saturday, January 27, and you'll get a free ice scraper that cuts snow and ice like a Cougar claw! The women play at 1 p.m. in the Delaware Hall gymnasium and the men follow at 3 p.m. Paul Rehg of Institutional Advancement created the design.


Keeping up with AQIPThe new volunteer group for AQIP accreditation met Jan. 16 for an orientation and final proposal selection. More than 40 individuals who had volunteered to serve on one of the six project proposal teams reviewed and discussed the outlines for each project and were asked to narrow down the field to four project proposals that would go forward to the AQIP Strategy Forum to be held in Chicago in early March.

The proposals that were selected for development included:

  1. Transforming the College Community through Assessment. This project is in the AQIP category of Helping Students Learn, a required project category.
  2. Instituting Data-Driven Planning and Decision Making. This project is in the AQIP Measuring Effectiveness category.
  3. Facilitating Input Toward Decision Making. This project falls under the Leading and Communicating category.
  4. Improving Effectiveness of Hiring, Recruitment and Retention Processes/Developing Strategic Personnel Training and Development. Two project proposals dealing with hiring and training employees were combined to make a new single project that satisfies the AQIP category of Valuing People.

After the four project teams are formed, each will take six weeks to develop the strategies of the projects, which will be presented for peer review by a 12-member team from Columbus State at the AQIP Strategy Forum, March 6-9.

Small Business Development Center to exhibit Feb. 2-3The Ohio SBDC at Columbus State will be participating at the Ohio Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo 2007,   The Ohio Small Business and Entrepreneur Expo was founded to address the needs of both small business owners and entrepreneurs. It is the goal of the expo that the attendees leave the show better informed about business than when they walked in.  The expo will feature vendors, keynote speakers and workshops designed to help small business owners succeed.  

The expo will be held February 2-3 at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.