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FORECASTING RAO SEEKS TO PROACTIVELY REDUCE THE IMPACTS OF WIDESPREAD DISEASE Dhananjai Rao, Ph.D. Miami University

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> Career Gears @ Graham: An Innovative Career & College Readiness System Volume 5 Issue 1 > $840,000 NASA grant includes work with International Space Station > Fuel Economy: Selamet seeks to improve efficiency of gasoline engines > Presidents list significant or innovative accomplishments on campuses > Cleveland State University is helping foster children transition to independence


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3 Happy 2017! A new year always brings the opportunity for a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of what is possible in the future. It is with this sense of possibility that this issue of ConnectED was conceived. It is no surprise that innovation is abundant across Ohio’s higher education network.

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We approached this issue in a number of ways. First, we asked presidents of our two-year and-four-year colleges and universities to look back at their campus’ accomplishments in 2016 to note one single thing that stood out for its innovation; then we asked them to look forward at the challenges ahead. The two-part question was answered by many of our leaders in higher education, and appear in this issue. Next we searched across the state to find other stories of innovation, and selected a few to share in this issue. We found innovation everywhere. At Cleveland State University, the generosity of the Sullivan and Deckard family scholarships is creating opportunity for students graduating from foster care to explore bright futures. We see innovation in Saint Paris, Ohio, where creative administrators are helping students map out pathways for success after high school. And, of course, we see how innovation in science is catapulted forward at our research universities, aided by Ohio’s Supercomputer resources at OH-TECH, one of Ohio’s most unique, and least known research collaborations. I hope you’ll enjoy this issue of ConnectED, and as always, we appreciate your suggestions for stories in future issues of the publication.

John Carey Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Epidemic Forecasting

Miami University’s Dr. Rao seeks to proactively reduce the impacts of widespread disease

Career Gears @ Graham: An Innovative Career & College Readiness System

A small rural school community in Ohio is doing big things to keep community partners interested in its students

$840,000 NASA grant includes work with International Space Station

Two Ohio schools, in partnership with California State University, are undertaking two new research projects for NASA and the International Space Station

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Presidents from around Ohio share their innovative campus accomplishments from 2016 and look forward to 2017

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Fuel Economy

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The Ohio State University’s Dr. Selamet seeks to improve efficiency of gasoline engines

Providing Opportunity, Education and Community Cleveland State University is helping foster children transition to independence while helping them get their degrees

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EPIDEMIC FORECASTING:

Rao seeks to proactively reduce the impacts of widespread disease When life-threatening weather events loom, forecasters warn citizens days, even weeks, beforehand so they can take action. It seems to work: We clear supermarket shelves, board up windows and even evacuate to higher ground ahead of the impending tempest to avoid danger. Blind to bias in its threat to human life is another force of nature – epidemics. Unfortunately, we often do not know they are imminent until the disease has already infiltrated an area. Dhananjai Rao, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of computer science and software engineering at Miami University, is using machine learning and simulation through resources at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to apply the concepts of weather forecasting to epidemiology. He hopes this work will shift the paradigm for disease control from reactive to proactive. “If we are able to forecast when, where and what an epidemic is going to be, then we can focus our energies and judiciously plan to mitigate the impact of those epidemics in those parts of the world so that the overall impact of the epidemic is significantly reduced,” Rao said. WINTER 2017


5 Rao has recently been studying mosquito-borne

This disease model analysis required 3.5 million

diseases, particularly chikungunya and the Zika

simulations. This would take approximately 1,000

virus. While there have been some efforts to

hours of CPU time, or about 90 days’ work, on a

forecast other known diseases, these existing

single computer.

methods rely on historical data trends to project the next stages of the disease. Unfortunately, for

“Three months. In three months, the epidemic

newly discovered diseases, such as the Zika virus,

would have long passed through the Americas,

there is no historical data on which to base these

or the region that we’re looking at,” Rao said. “On

statistical models.

Oakley, we were able to pull it off in about 12 hours, even on peak load.”

“The gotcha with that is the statistical regression models will not be able to tell you what are

Rao was one of 11 teams or individuals

the ecological processes that are happening. It

recognized recently in a competition organized

can only tell you what is the final outcome of

by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense

the system,” Rao said. “Statistical (regression)

Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

models you can think of as a black box. You don’t

The competition, known as the CHIKV Challenge,

really understand what is going on inside.”

seeks to accelerate the development of new infectious disease forecasting methods.

Rao’s approach of fundamentally modeling the

The challenge identified gaps in current

disease ecology provides a better idea of what

disease forecasting and, with help from Rao’s

these new diseases are, where they are going

groundbreaking model, DARPA as well as other

and, from there, how to effectively contain them.

government agencies can begin to look at how

To create a disease forecast, Rao layers data

to mitigate the spread and affect of infectious

from multiple fields that collectively create the

diseases.

“perfect storm” of an epidemic. These include weather patterns, mosquito population and life

The next step of the process will involve advising

cycle, human population density, air travel and

health interventions and public policies to help

socioeconomic data.

contain epidemics. Rao said these policies will differ depending on the region and timing of the

There are also critical parameters for which there

disease spread.

are no known data, such as the probability that a mosquito will bite a human. To account for

“There is not a day when we step out of the

unknown parameters, Rao uses machine learning

house without checking the weather, and that’s

and parallel simulation to estimate what these

where we want to go,” Rao said. “For weather

values should be. By looking at a combination

forecasting, it took about 100 years to come to

of continuous and discrete event simulations,

where we are. With epidemic forecasting, we are

Rao uses OSC’s Oakley Cluster to study the

hoping to be able to accelerate to where we want

overall ecology of a disease and how the disease

to be with supercomputing.”

propagates.

Image: Rao was recognized by DARPA in the CHIKV Challenge, a competition to accelerate the development of new infectious disease forecasting methods.

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CaInrneoveatrive Career & College Readin An

A small rural school community in Saint Paris, Ohio, is doing big things to attract and keep community partners interested in its students. With the advent of Career Gears, the Graham Local Schools is undertaking intentional strides to provide students with multiple career pathway programs. Superintendent Kirk Koennecke is serious about America’s workforce prospects and his new community. “The days of waiting to earn a diploma and then hoping to find a job, enlist,

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or enroll are over. At Graham we are seeking to intentionally promote students’ interests by meshing them with our community needs in industry. We want to provide personalized counseling in an industry-specific career, the military, or college for every student.” Graham currently hosts 10 specific careereducation programs with its partner, Ohio HiPoint Career Center, in a high school of just over 600. Many of these programs include job-ready certifications and/or college credit opportunities already. But Graham has taken it a step further. It’s new Career Gears program has provided a model internship curriculum for credit that allows


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a selected group of students to complete a workforce readiness course, earn an industryrecognized credential, and complete a 12-week internship before they graduate. Koennecke also invested in job coaching and counseling, crucial elements to making this process work for schools and their partners. “We have to have dedicated staff members to act as liaisons with our industry and college partners. Counseling students on a weekly basis is part of the game,” he said. Students have been exposed to Naviance, a software planning tool to help students along their individual path to college or career readiness. Students will work with their counselors and staff to monitor goals and completion of necessary tasks toward what he refers to as the “Three E’s: employment, enlistment, or enrollment”. Naviance provides tools to help students explore careers, plan their next steps, send their information out, and store their own digital portfolios.

PAYING ATTENTION TO HIGH-NEED AREAS Career Gears provides programming in a number of identified high-need industries, including education itself. The new teacher preparation program incorporates early college experiences in a partnership with nearby Urbana University. “There is a national crisis coming in staffing,” Koennecke said. “We need to address this now, not just for Urbana, but for everyone.“

A NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WORKFORCE READINESS COURSE Students who choose the internship cohort at Graham will take an 18-week elective course that includes six weeks of workforce readiness content, developed by Dr. Sharon Watkins of The Ohio State University and taught in a blended learning environment by area industry reps alongside a licensed teacher. According to Watkins, “We are trying to provide training in the soft skills industry partners demand, prepping students with communication strategies, and opening their eyes to safety training, certification requirements, and even grunt work expectations, before they visit a job site for their internship.”

“There i s a nati onal cris Koenneck is comin e said. “ g in sta We need ffing,” not just t o a d for Urba dress th na, but is now, for every one.” - Su perinten

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8 Students will focus on an industry experience of their choosing, and earn a credential to prepare them prior to a 12-week internship placement on site daily. “What we are trying to do is structure lessons that prepare students for the types of labor skills, and responsibilities they need to make a good impression over the course of a semester”, Koennecke said. We have found that 85% of the time, the industry reps take to the prospective employee due to this sustained contact, and subsequently seek to place them by the time they graduate.” A CULTURE SHIFT Working on career and college readiness takes time. Koennecke cites the need for a “growth mindset” on the part of all staff and partners. “We have to show our partners that 17-year-olds are their future,” he said. No one trusts a 17 year old to work in industry as a rule, so you have to erode the reservations our partners have with a cultural approach to building trust over time, exposing each student to a counterpart, and developing relationships. There will be students who cannot make it through. There will be industry rules to follow. There will be rules to break, too!” Graham has created as many opportunities within its district for students as it is asking partners to help with outside the schools. “We have a student-run coffee shop called The Daily Grind. Students plan, manage, and evaluate their own business model annually.” Planning at Graham is intentional, beginning

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with 4th Grade Career Day. In middle school, all students are exposed to Coding, and they choose courses from 4 Project Lead The Way electives. This shows partners the schools are being responsive to their needs. SUSTAINED PARTNERSHIPS ARE THE KEY Koennecke has traveled a lot of miles in and around Champaign County. “I’ve been doing a road show to pitch these ideas to companies for the past 12 years now. You have to dream big, start small, and scale fast, as one of my mentors taught me. We believe one student placed in one spot can sustain this model. The impact is personal to one student. The effect of the program itself is a much larger network of sustained community partners working to change America,” he said. Study areas offered at Graham Local include: Teacher Preparation Academy; Sports Management/Exercise Science; Business and Logistics Management; InformationTechnologies; Aviation; and JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps).

For more information on Graham go to: www.grahamlocalschools.org For information on Naviance go to: naviance.com


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Photo credit: NASA Expedition 49

$840,000 NASA GRANT INCLUDES WORK WITH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION Cleveland State University, in partnership with The University of Akron and California State University at Los Angeles, is undertaking two new research projects for NASA and the International Space Station that seek to provide new understanding of the novel properties of space materials. The universities have received an $840,000 research grant through NASA’s Physical Sciences Research program to examine how different materials solidify in space with the absence of gravity. The research team consisting of Surendra Tewari, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at CSU, Professor Sergio Felicelli of the University of Akron; and Professor Mohsen Eshraghi of the California State University at Los Angeles, under the first project, will develop computational models that will use the experimental data already gathered from the International Space Station to study the defects produced by bubbles or gases when a liquid material solidifies in space. Their second project will compare microstructure and properties of metallic alloys processed in terrestrial and space conditions. “These new grants will not only further assist us in understanding microstructure development during solidification under space conditions, they will provide important tools which will help predict and eliminate defect formation during casting of advanced aero-engine components here on Earth,” Tewari said. Tewari and David Poirier from the University of Arizona have been working with NASA for a number of years to understand how lack of gravity in space conditions impacts material structure and quality. They have conducted several solidification experiments on the International Space Station under a joint NASA-European Space Agency research project, and have another ongoing NASA-project to study cross-section change-induced flow during solidification in microgravity.

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CAMPUS INNOVATION Within the context of workforce preparation, we asked college and university presidents what their single-most significant or innovative campus accomplishment was for 2016, and what they see as their biggest challenge in 2017. Their responses: Dr. Dorey Diab, President, North Central State College, Mansfield

“North Central State College’s Kehoe Center for Advanced Learning received $13 million in federal and state funding to assist in workforce training in the Mansfield area. Increasing the level of awareness among area business and industry leaders is a key goal for North Central State College.”

Dr. Jerome Webster, President, Terra State Community College, Fremont

“We were very excited to send our first student to study abroad in China. Considering we are a rural community, not only did this impact the student, Katerina Molyet, but it was significant for our campus community and the community at large. We hope to continually find ways for our students to focus on the global economy and the world marketplace. One of the challenges we’ve taken head on is helping students open themselves to a new perspective by understanding the value of a quality education available from a community college.”

Dr. Mike Bower, President, Owens Community College, Toledo

“The single most significant accomplishment in preparing our students for the workforce in 2016 has been the addition of our truck driving school. The trucking service industry creates significant employment opportunities for Northwest Ohio. Tractor-trailer truck drivers are the third-most in-demand job in Ohio with 1,684 annual job openings, according to Ohio Means Jobs. The most significant challenge has been students access to financial aid to participate in the program. As a program that is not financial aid eligible, students’ have limited options to pay the $4,500 cost of the program. Currently, most of our students are securing funding from the Ohio Means Jobs system, but funding is limited.”

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11 Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D, President, Central Ohio Technical College, Newark

“The mission of Central Ohio Technical College is to meet the technical education and training needs of students and employers in the area. In 2016, while celebrating the 45th anniversary of the college and its mission, we learned COTC is producing the highestpaid graduates among two-year colleges in the state. COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential.” “That is the single most significant accomplishment for COTC this year because it shows that the college’s focus on its mission is paying off for students, literally and figuratively. Our students are completing degrees that train them for in-demand jobs that compensate them well. I couldn’t be more pleased with this ranking and how well our students are doing after graduation. Along those same lines, the biggest challenge facing our institution is on the employer side of our mission. Business and industry leaders are telling us they need more of the highly skilled, technically trained graduates COTC produces to fill open positions for great jobs. We need to fill the pipeline with students, so the employers in the area can continue to grow their businesses and thrive.”

Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State University, Youngstown

“This past year, we worked hard to better align our academic advising with our expanded career services efforts. We believe this will better prepare our students for employment opportunities upon graduation. In addition, we expanded our co-op and intern efforts across the campus and continue to have success in getting our students important employment experience in their field while still in school. On the other hand, our biggest challenge has been measuring our placement data. We need to do better in knowing where our students are going when they graduate.”

Dr. Michael V. Drake, President, The Ohio State University, Columbus

“A significant advancement is the creation of our campuswide University Institute for Teaching & Learning — the first of its kind at Ohio State — committed to supporting and elevating our teaching and, as a direct result, the preparation of our students. The institute’s mission is linked directly to one of our greatest national challenges: providing access to an excellent and affordable college education. As we focus on ensuring that talented students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the opportunity to earn a degree, the institute is designed to help faculty create the best learning environments possible so that all Buckeyes succeed.”

Beverly Warren, Ph.D., Ed.D., President, Kent State University, Kent

“At Kent State, we created two complementary programs this year to get students engaged early on with career exploration: FlashConnections and Flashternships. FlashConnections is designed to immerse first-year students in the community and expose them to topics and issues that may connect to a future career of choice. Through their First-Year Experience course, these students participate in theme-based, out-ofclass experiences designed to promote career exploration, personal development and informed citizenship. Some of these experiences involved trips that took place before

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12 classes began and some took place over a weekend during the fall semester. Flashternships are microinternships targeted to freshman- and sophomore-level students. They enable students to job shadow for a one-day experience or a five-day, 20-hour experience. The greatest challenge associated with these and other experiential learning opportunities is having enough worksites and related support systems to reach all students, and to do so without negatively impacting timely degree completion.”

Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph.D., President, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green

“In 2016 we completed implementation of the Falcon Internship Guarantee, offering every student a guaranteed co-op, internship or other experiential learning experience. The program is a guided pathway to ensure students’ readiness for their internship or co-op experiences. The program includes a self-assessment, individualized and group coaching, resume and interviewing preparation, job fair preparation and coaching, and links to employers. In its first year, more than 1,300 students enrolled in the program. “It is important to remember the benefits of a broad-based, liberal arts education. We need to think beyond preparing students for their first job. We must give them the critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills to advance and succeed in different roles and even new careers throughout their lifetimes. At the same time, experiential learning is absolutely essential. We must continue to develop more partnerships with the public, non-profit and business sectors to ensure every student has an opportunity for an internship or co-op.”

Dr. Morris W. Beverage, Jr., President, Lakeland Community College, Kirkland

“Lakeland Community College has engaged a noted design and innovation firm to ensure the college’s new makerspace meets the needs of students and employers. Unlike traditional makerspaces that primarily provide tools and materials for product development, Lakeland’s makerspace will provide unique learning experiences for students in all disciplines to apply their knowledge and gain skills that help them succeed in the workforce. A team of consultants, with college representatives embedded in the process, is using a design thinking process to address the needs of students and employers with creative solutions. In addition to designing the space, another challenge is to develop creative programming that will provide students with both the technical and soft skills employers are seeking, such as developing creative confidence to solve problems.”

Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, President, Central State University, Wilberforce President Jackson-Hammond pointed to two innovative programs that the Office of Career Services either hosts or co-hosts:

“The ‘Marauder Closet’ is designed to assist all students and majors with professional attire to help them to secure internships and employment opportunities prior to the career and internship fairs and/or for interviews. It also acts as a way to enhance the confidence they need to enter the workforce. The closet consists of donated suits, shirts, ties, skirts and other business professional items. The items are available to students at no cost. During the fall 2016 semester, approximately 150 students selected items from the closet.

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13 “‘Pearls For Girls, Ties Guys’ is designed to teach students appropriate dress and behavior for interview situations and there is a question and answer forum prior to the Career & Internship Fair. The presenters are Central State University alums who provide tips as well as recommendations on the Do’s and Dont’s to prepare for the workforce. All participants receive a gift of pearls for the girls and a tie for the guy. There were approximately 42 participants at this event. “One of the biggest challenges is to ensure that our students are taking full advantage of the many services and opportunities that the Office of Career Services has to offer.”

Matthew J. Wilson, President, The University of Akron, Akron

“The University of Akron’s most visible accomplishment this year was the September opening of the state-of-the-art, $1.2 million College of Engineering Swagelok Career Center. More than 1,000 of our engineering graduates enter the domestic and international workforce annually, and 90 percent of them have a year of co-op experience, which makes them very attractive to employers. The new Swagelok Career Center is technology-enabled to allow these highly sought-after graduates to engage in remotely conducted video meetings, as well as in-person interviews, presentations and other communications. A nice touch that connects new graduates to a century of their predecessors is an art installation featuring more than 60 slide rules — some of them passed down through generations — donated by our engineering alumni. “The biggest challenge to preparing students for the workforce is the most fundamental: helping them afford their education. So many of our students work part- or even full-time that it often impinges on their ability to add experiential learning to their schedules. That is one reason we launched an initiative titled ‘Making a Difference Moving Forward’ that allows alumni and donors to contribute to non-endowed scholarships that directly and immediately fund student education.”

Dr. David Harrison, Columbus State Community College, Columbus

“One of Columbus State’s most significant accomplishments in 2016 has been the continued growth and maturation of the Modern Manufacturing Work Study program. The program began in 2012 as a partnership with Honda North America, which sought to build a talent pipeline in anticipation of maintenance technician retirements. Upon graduation from Marysville and Worthington-area high schools, students pursued an innovative curriculum in which they attended classes at Columbus State, worked at Honda, and graduated with associate degrees and full-time positions at Honda with starting salaries above $50,000. Four years after the launch of the Honda partnership, the Modern Manufacturing program has expanded to include eight active employers, each of which collaborates on the same classroom-toworksite model first introduced in 2012. Participants include Worthington Industries, Pharma Force, and Honda, whose participants over four years number more than 120. The biggest challenge we face going forward is finding ways to replicate the Work Study model with partners in other industries, including health care and insurance. But given the lessons learned through early successes in manufacturing and the collaborative culture among Central Ohio employers, Columbus State looks forward to more good outcomes for regional workers and businesses.”

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Selamet seeks to improve efficiency of gasoline engines In the summer of 2012, the federal government handed the auto industry a major technological challenge by setting a fuel-economy goal of 54.5 miles per gallon as the industry standard by 2025. By comparison: In 2012, the standard was 29.7 mpg, which was raised to 35.5 mpg in 2016. “It’s a challenging target,” said Ahmet Selamet, Ph.D., an Ohio State professor Instrumented turbocharger compressor installed in the laboratory at The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR).

in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. “In the last

decade, there has been tremendous pressure to improve fuel economy. Well, it’s no longer voluntary.” Selamet is working to understand and improve fuel economy in spark-ignition (SI), or gasoline, engines – which make up 98.7 percent of the 19.3 million new vehicles that hit the road each year. Selamet uses the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software Star CCM+ on Ohio Supercomputer Center systems to perform detailed simulations of a turbocharger centrifugal compressor. These simulations deliver insight into characteristics, such as flow separation, surge instabilities and extending the low-flow compressor operating range, which could significantly help make engines more fuel efficient.

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“While we keep improving, the vehicle mass goes up, so the engine has to work harder, and your improvements end up in another aspect of the car,” Selamet said. “So one of the key enablers is to bring turbochargers into gasoline engines and integrate them.” Turbochargers achieve boost by using the exhaust flow from the engine to spin a turbine connected to the compressor. The turbine is connected to the exhaust and the compressor is connected to the intake side of the engine. The compressor takes the intake air and increases the pressure before it goes into the engine, boosting it. “The end result is we are able to do more work and get more torque and power out of the engine for the same displacement,” Selamet said. “We get more out of the engine by using otherwise wasted fuel energy.” The insight gained from the CFD simulations are taken to Selamet’s turbocharger facilities at OSU’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) for physical testing. By accurately predicting compression system surge, the performance and fuel efficiency of SI engines can be improved. “What we do is understand the basic physics, and that improved understanding goes into predictive tools automotive companies use,” Selamet said. “It’s a demanding task, and we would not be able to make significant progress without computational solutions.”

Project Lead: Ahmet Selamet, Ph.D., The Ohio State University Research Title: Simulation of surge in centrifugal compression systems for improved stability and fuel efficiency Funding Source: The Ohio State University Website: http://engine.osu.edu

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16 PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY An innovative initiative at Cleveland State University is helping foster children in transitioning to independence while assisting this population in obtaining a college degree. The Sullivan/Deckard Opportunity Scholarship program guides youth who age out of the foster care system through the college application process, helps them transition to a university environment, and provides comprehensive mentoring and support services during their college tenure. The program also provides scholarships for tuition and year-round living expenses as well as funding for peer navigators, students who serve as mentors to assist with tutoring and socio/ cultural support. Foster children are one of the more at-risk populations in society and one of the least likely groups to earn a college degree. This initiative is one of the first of its kind to provide a holistic environment for foster children, including financial, educational and cultural support, to assist them in transitioning out of the system and into an institution of higher learning. CSU seeks to serve as a model for other universities and the nation as a whole in improving opportunities for these individuals. “We are optimistic that the structure of this program and our institutional commitment to this population will continue to have a positive impact on current and future students,” says Charleyse S. Pratt, CSU’s assistant vice president for inclusion and multicultural engagement. The inaugural cohort of students started in June 2015 and the program welcomed a second group in 2016. While there has been some attrition, 70 percent of students from the first cohort returned to the program for the second year. Participants are required to participate in intensive summer transition workshops after each year of college, community outreach activities, work study and regular study sessions with peer navigators while also maintaining good academic standing. CSU partners with a number of organizations to identify potential participants and provide academic support and community engagement opportunities. These institutions include Cuyahoga County Child and Family Services, the National Council of Jewish Women, University Hospitals and Fill This House, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting newly emancipated foster children. The program was created thanks to a $2.3 million combined gift from Frank and Barbara Sullivan and Jenniffer and Daryl Deckard. “Having opened our hearts and our home as foster parents, our family recognizes this great need in our community,” says Jenniffer Deckard. “We are eager to enhance the opportunities available to children who have been placed in foster care that come as a result of college completion. We feel privileged to partner with the Sullivan family and CSU in this holistic approach.”

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A special thank you to all of those who contributed stories and articles: Epidemic Forecasting: Rao seeks to proactively reduce the impacts of widespread disease Audrey Carson Dhananjai Rao, Ph.D. Ohio Technology Consortium

Miami University

Career Gears @ Graham: An Innovative Career & College Readiness System Kirk Koennecke Superintendent, Graham Local Schools

$840,000 NASA grant includes work with International Space Station William Dube Cleveland State University

Campus Innovation

Thank you to all of the campus Presidents who took the time to submit their responses.

Fuel Economy Ross Bishoff Ohio Technology Consortium

Ahmet Selamet, Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Providing Opportunity, Education and Community William Dube Cleveland State University

Thank you for reading ConnectED. We appreciate any suggestions or ideas to improve this newsletter. We welcome story ideas, links to articles of interest, and news releases. Please send story ideas to Jeff Robinson at jrobinson@highered.ohio.gov. WINTER 2017



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