LIMA — The Ohio State University-Lima is committed to providing the community with access to the highest-level education.
Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky said the intent with branches such as OSU-Lima is to provide its students “accessibility, affordability and excellence.” In June 2018, the Buckeye Opportunity Program expanded to support an additional 1,200 students across all of its regional campuses.
“What some people may have noticed is, in the past, there was an occasional disconnect between OSU-Columbus and OSU-Lima. That is less and less the case,” Brandesky said. “The notion was to bring all of those people who have been previously somewhat disenfranchised, to give them an Ohio State education and be able to take those talents back to perhaps their own region. In terms of accessibility, we, the regional campuses, are playing an integral role.”
OSU-Lima offers two specific initiatives toward student success — the Each One Teaches One mentor program, or E1T1 for short, and the Generation1 Learning Community.
The E1T1 mentor program pairs under-served student populations with current students of a similar background and interests. After its inaugural semester, those in the program average a GPA of 2.7 among 16 students versus a GPA of 2.3 among 10 students who declined participation in the program.
“We have high hopes that this E1T1, which again was supported by the president from Ohio State in Columbus for all the regional campuses, is going to be a way to get at this business of excellence; of striving and creating the opportunity for students to really get better to move into their college career,” Brandesky explained.
The Generation1 Learning Community is aimed more specifically at students who are the first generation college students. This community was formed in the 2014-15 academic year, and has grown from six participants to now 97 for the 2018-19 year. More than one-third of OSU-Lima’s campus student population is considered a first generation college student, according to Enrollment Services.
“It’s having an effect,” Brandesky said. “Students are coming in without having an understanding of what a college education is, what the expectations are, and these courses help them to try to assimilate and maybe to develop the believe that they can do this.”
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