May 2017

Record-breaking commencement. Ohio State awarded a record 11,734 degrees to the largest graduating class in university history this month. Approximately 1,500 Buckeyes were the first in their families to graduate from college, reflecting the university’s commitment to access, affordability and excellence. Community leader and philanthropist Abigail Wexner delivered the commencement address.

Leading the national discussion. The presidents of three of the country’s top research universities discussed the future of higher education at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. The event featured Ohio State’s Michael V. Drake, Harvard’s Drew Gilpin Faust and Stanford’s Marc Tessier-Lavigne. It was moderated by David Rubenstein, president of the Economic Club and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

Another STEP forward. Ohio State’s Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) — combining faculty mentoring, student housing and more — is a national model. Now, the living-learning program has won two prestigious international awards. Approximately 2,600 students and 135 faculty participate in STEP, which provides transformational experiences beyond the classroom.

Faculty excellence. More than 140 Ohio State faculty received citations of excellence from or were elected to national and international learned societies in the past academic year. Recently, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honored professors in political science, psychology and history; elected members include some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers and artists.

Aha! Ever had an “aha moment” — when you suddenly solved a difficult problem that had previously perplexed you? Ohio State scientists, in first-of-its-kind research using eye tracking and pupil dilation technology, predicted when individuals were about to have such a moment before it occurred. Until now, researchers had not had a good way to study how people actually experienced what is called epiphany learning.