Access to Education

Programs on Campus

Blueprint:College is a program with two main goals: to give 1st generation, low-income and/or minority parents tips on how to prepare their children for college and to relay the importance of a college education to their children. It's a collaboration led by The Ohio State University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience with assistance from other campus partners, including the Economic Access Initiative, the P-12 Project, and Columbus City Schools. Aimed at helping elementary school parents learn how to turn their children’s dreams for college into a reality, this six-week college planning program kicked off on Thursday April 24th, 2008. For more information, visit I Know I Can.

College Access Group Tours: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience offers visit programming to expose students to a college campus early. Our access visit is aimed at middle school-aged students and consists of a motivational think college now message from an admissions representative followed by a campus tour. Availability varies based on requests and tour guide schedules. We recommend at least six weeks advance notice and date/ time flexibility. Email economicaccess@osu.edu for more information.

Social Justice Immersion Project: Each quarter, University Honors and Scholars selects a social justice issue to focus on and offers students the opportunity to take part in a service project on that topic. During Winter Quarter 2008, the immersion project explored "Economic Access to Higher Education: Who IS and Who IS NOT Going to College". The project consisted of three parts: the students read a book that discusses the issue in some way; they served at service sites that deal with the issue; and they heard bi-weekly presentations about the issue. More information: contact Laura Kraus.

Central Ohio College Consortium for Early College Outreach: The Consortium is made up of Ohio State, Columbus State, Capital, Ohio Dominican, Ohio Wesleyan and Otterbein. Members of the admission staff from each of these colleges are available to present "Be Ready for College" to parent groups at local middle schools. This presentation offers a variety of tips for parents on how to help their children prepare for college academically, socially and financially. Contact Michele Brown or 688-8468.

College Board Programming: The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience (UAFYE) has teamed up with College Board to provide programming to students from Columbus City High Schools. High school students from CCS are brought to campus and provided information about the college search and selection process, as well as information about preparing for college standardized testing (specifically the SAT). This program is tentatively scheduled for next spring. Contact Michele Brown or phone 688-8468 for more information.

Columbus City Schools Teaching Academy: The Columbus Teaching Academy is a partnership between Columbus City Schools and the Ohio State Colleges of the Arts and Sciences begun in 2006. High school students considering a career in education meet with their CCS teacher, Deborah Kidwell, every afternoon in different sites across Ohio State’s campus. In what is becoming a welcome tradition, these students began the year in the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center. During the winter they met in Central Classroom; for spring, they will be in Hopkins Hall. In addition to studying education as a career, students will serve internships in CCS elementary and middle schools and work with Ohio State Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, and students in pre-college enrichment activities. Contact Mindy Wright for more information.

Breakfast of Science Champions: A brainstorm between a teacher from Columbus City Schools and Dr. Garry McKenzie, professor in what is now the School of Earth Sciences become the Breakfast of Science Champions. At its heart, the event introduces middle school students to scientific careers and college opportunities by bringing a small group of 7th and 8th graders from a number of different schools to explore the Ohio State campus. Students meet faculty and graduate students from the sciences while enjoying a continental breakfast, tour labs, and participate in demonstrations. Science sites have included the College of Veterinary Medicine,the College of Engineering, and the Byrd Polar Research Center. Over the last two years the Breakfast has grown. In 2006-2007, we added a second campus visit; students returned to campus for a virtual video conference in which they shared what they learned on their earlier visits with other students. In 2007-2008, we opened the visits up to middle school teachers from across the state of Ohio, expanding from 80 middle school students from Columbus City Schools to over 300 visitors from nine different school districts. In 2007-2008, we also added four new science sites: the Biological Sciences Greenhouse, the Orton Geology Museum, the OSU Airport, and WOSU@COSI. Contact Chris Andersen for more information.