August 25, 2005

Second campus forums held to take feedback, answer questions about Delaware curriculum

Members of the second campus committee held four open forums over the past week to address employee and student questions about the new facility planned to open in the fall of 2009.

The first committee was formed to look at curriculum issues--what courses to offer, what programs are suited to the community and the students who live there, and what types of  technical classes could do double or even triple duty by serving students in a variety of Career and Technology programs. A second and third committee will look at buildings and facilities, and student services, respectively.

The committee traveled to Owens Community College's new Findlay campus and to Cuyahoga Community College's three separate campuses to search for ideas and answers. They shared their findings with the audiences at each forum, and invited input as well as proposals from campus as to possible initial offerings in Delaware in four years.

Committee member Susan Norris-Berry emphasized that all decisions made concerning curriculum offerings at Delaware will take into account the "whole" college and at the present time, no plans are under consideration to move entire programs onto the new campus.   She also explained that the college wants to provide "a great place to start" for as many technical programs as possible in Delaware, as well as serve community needs for health care and technology workers.

The new campus will also make use of "multi-dimensional course architecture," or courses that can be offered online, by teleconferencing, and other distance methods to make the most use of limited space in a single new building.

The following is an interesting look at Owens Community College's experience opening a new second campus in Findlay, where the college has offered programming for 20 years using rented facilities. The Findlay campus is approximately 40 miles from Owens' main campus in Toledo.

The Findlay campus' commons area saw a lot of foot traffic on the new facility's first day of classes. Photo by Dave Zapotosky for The Blade.
Owens Community College opens new campus

Findlay campus gets some high marks on 1st class day

Reprinted courtesy of the Toledo Blade
By Jennifer Feehan, Blade staff writer

FINDLAY - Executive Dean Judy Ennis was escorting an exchange student from India to her noon class at Owens Community College's new Findlay campus yesterday when the young woman spotted a directional sign and suggested her classroom might be to the left.

With a laugh, Ms. Ennis admitted the maps staff members were handing out were as much for her and other faculty as they were for students.

"It's fantastic," she said of opening day at Owens' shiny, new $17.7 million campus off Bright Road on the north side of Findlay. "We've had such excitement from faculty and students."

Nearly 3,000 students were registered at the Findlay campus by yesterday, "which makes this our biggest fall enrollment ever," Ms. Ennis said. Registration was continuing through this week so that number was expected to go higher.

And while the first day of classes can be nerve-racking for any college freshman, even the returning students had to get used to the huge new campus, which has 119,407 square feet under one roof.

"I want to get a little motor scooter," said Beth Weaver, who is in her third year at Owens.

The new campus gives Owens Findlay students a library, dining facilities, and lots and lots of classroom and laboratory space that wasn't available at the former campus on Davis Street next to the University of Findlay.

"At least we don't have trailers to take classes in," Ms. Weaver said referring to the modular classrooms Owens used in previous years.

Lorie Cramer of Findlay said she had taken a building tour prior to opening day, and she wasn't having too much trouble navigating the new halls.

"The instructor was late to my first class," Ms. Cramer said. "When she walked in, she said, 'I finally found the right room.' "

Freshman Brandon Yoxtheimer was enjoying the sunny but cooler temperatures on the terrace outside the Commons area before heading to his first class. He said the sprawling, 60-acre campus has more of a college feel than Owens' previous location.

"It feels like you're not just going to some community college," he said. "I guess it feels like they care about you more because they built a new campus."

Steve Hillard, director of corporate and community education, was standing watch over one of the entrances, handing out maps, and answering questions. "People are doing really well. There's not a lot of confusion," Mr. Hillard said.

"It's mostly where's my class? Where's the bookstore? How do I get to the security office?" said Angie McGinnis, enrollment services representative. "It's really gone pretty smoothly. The students actually took our advice and got here early for their 8 o'clock classes."

Owens plans to hold a grand opening celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 with campus tours, live music, a community picnic, and other activities. The event, which includes a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m., is open to the public.

Changing the Rhythm of the Classroom

The Columbus State Computer Information Technology (CIT) Department and Sinclair Community College held a professional development opportunity for faculty August 19 on the Columbus State campus. A National Science Foundation grant awarded to Sinclair funded the activity.

Activities at the workshop were related to increasing student success and retention through improved instruction. Working in teams, faculty from Columbus State's Computer Information Technology, Mathematics, Development Education, Business Management, and Interactive Multimedia departments, plus faculty from Ohio State and Sinclair, tutoring services and local high schools, developed reusable learning tools (a presentation, a hands-on activity, and an assessment) that fully integrated communication and problem-solving skills into active and collaborative learning situations.

The goal is to provide faculty with Web-delivered learning activities and detailed instructor-resource guides uploaded to a website that will be shared with faculty across the nation to improve student retention, according to Libby Daugherty, Ph.D., chair of CIT and one of the coordinators for the event.

At the faculty workshop
August 19 are, from left,
Libby Daugherty
, Columbus State
CIT chair, Patty Santoianni,
CIS professor at Sinclair
Community College, and
Charlotte Wharton, dean of
business at Sinclair.





Bowling for Kids
raises $210

Jenn Snider's daughter
Blake does her part to
raise money for the
annual Staff Advisory
Council's Bowling
for Kids event. The group
raised $210 August 23 to
support Holidays
are for Kids.


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