June 27, 2011
First day of Summer Quarter shows 7.6% increase in enrollment
Summer Quarter enrollment is up more than 7 1/2 percent—to 20,486—as classes begin today. With more than 20,000 students on campus and online this quarter, we can expect quite a busy summer ahead! Columbus State has always had higher summer undergraduate enrollment than any other local college, including Ohio State. And as we move closer to the Switch to Semesters, more and more students will be focused on finishing their degrees prior to autumn 2012. Another record is expected to be broken in the shortened last Summer Quarter of 2012, which will end August 17, 2012.
Campus lot to be used for Red, White and Boom!
The Columbus Police Department will use the west side of Columbus State’s 12-S parking lot on Friday, July 1, starting a 6 a.m. Officers use the lot for staging. The blocked off area of the 12-S lot will be used until approximately midnight on July 1.
Columbus State climbs into Top 40 of degree producers
Columbus State continued a strong showing in Community College Week magazine’s 2011 annual Top 100 Associate Degree and Certificate Producers. This year, among two-year institutions, Columbus State jumped to No. 37, with 1,768 completed degrees. That’s a seven percent increase in diplomas granted.
The new ranking is based on figures from the 2009-2010 academic year, the most recent year for complete results. Among two-year schools last year, Columbus State was No. 39 after awarding 1,652 degrees the previous year.
“I’m more excited about a 7 percent increase in graduates than a 20 percent jump in enrollment,” said President David Harrison. “We have to measure our success as a college on the success of our students.”
The college’s Sport and Exercise Studies program continues to be a standout nationally. With the exception of one four-year institution (University of Phoenix), Columbus State awarded more SES associate degrees than any college in the country—85 in all.
Columbus State also had top results in Human Sciences—No. 4 nationally, with 68 diplomas awarded; Engineering Technologies—No. 7 nationally, with 176 degrees awarded; and Health Professions—No. 15 nationally, with 421 degrees awarded.
Data for the analysis are collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
Weight Watchers at Work begins July 5
There will be an informational meeting for new participants in the Weight Watchers at Work program on Tuesday, June 28, at noon in the DX (Bookstore) conference room on the third floor. The first official session will start Tuesday, July 5. All sessions are at noon in the DX conference room. The cost is $120 for new participants, which can be made by payroll deduction. If you are interested, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Wellness Seminar focuses on your back
Attend the upcoming Wellness Seminar called “Prevention and Care of Back Strains and Sprains” on Wednesday, June 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in CT 107, and you can earn points toward your Wellness Incentive Program. The presentation will be led by a representative from Mt. Carmel Workplace Health. You may RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989. The session will also be broadcast to the Delaware Campus in DA Room 129.
Upstream #21 by Stacy Leeman
Leeman also to exhibit
Humanities adjunct Stacy Leeman's painting Upstream #21 will be on display at the 67th Annual Ohio 2011 exhibit at the Zanesville Museum of Art from July 30-September 8.
Remind your students to apply for Development Foundation Scholarships!
The deadline for students to apply for one or more of the 369 Development Foundation Scholarships is July 20, just four weeks into Summer Quarter. More than $366,000 in scholarship awards will be available, with the average award totaling approximately $1,000. Awards will be made for scholarships starting Autumn Quarter 2011. In past years, only 53 percent of the scholarship money has been used.
A remarkable assortment of scholarships is available, from those with financial or grade-point requirements, to those with very specific programs of study or majors. There are scholarships for every degree program, as well as 37 offered to students with any major. Minority students, single mothers, first-generation college students, international students, those close to graduation, or just starting college…there are scholarships available for most everyone!
Students are able to apply for up to four different scholarships, so please remind them to take a look at the booklet, online here, as soon as Summer Quarter begins and you have them in class!
Fifteen students and employees, including Clawdette the Cougar, took part in the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade, which marched from Downtown Columbus to Goodale Park June 18. Columbus State was one of only a handful of colleges that participated. Students from the Spectrum LGBT club and Cougar Pride—CSCC's gay/straight student alliance, took part in the event.