OACHE Bids Farewell to Two College Coordinators

The OACHE bids farewell and best wishes to the coordinators of OACHE-funded Access Projects at two member institutions.

Lois Rase, .coordinator of Project BEAR CUBS at Shawnee State University, recently retired. Lois administered SSU’s OACHE Access Program since its beginning in 1993.

Amy Dennis, coordinator of the College Material...Yes You Are program at Washington State Community College, has resigned her position at WSCC to seek other opportunities.

Thanks to both Lois and Amy for your years of service to the students of Appalachian Ohio, and best wishes in your future endeavors! You will be missed.


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New Access Study Releases Preliminary Analysis of High-School Student Survey

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University has completed the second product of a two-year research effort addressing postsecondary education access and completion for students from the 29 Appalachian Ohio counties. This research effort, which will update the 1992 Appalachian Access and Success Study that served as the catalyst for creation of the OACHE, is being conducted in partnership with the OACHE, Ohio University’s Center for Higher Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Education’s Ohio College Tech Prep Program, and the Ohio College Access Network.

The recently completed Report 2: Preliminary Analysis of High School Students Survey, is the second of five reports that will be completed as part of the study Access and Success—Appalachian Ohio: College Access, Retention, Postsecondary Pathways, and Completion. This project is motivated by the need to compile more comprehensive and current data that organizations can use to develop effective programming that will help students from Appalachian Ohio access and complete a postsecondary program. The data necessary to support program decisions
include the aspirations, preparation, and decisions of high school students related to higher education, as well as the barriers they face related to college access and success.

Much of the current college access information for Appalachian Ohio was initially researched through the 1992 Appalachian Access and Success study. The current two-year project (2007‐2009) replicates portions of that study, updates the original data, and collects additional, primary information on degree completion and entry into the workforce.

The new Report 2 presents preliminary findings from the first of two surveys of the high-school class of 2008 in Appalachian Ohio, which was conducted in the fall/winter of the 2007‐08 academic year in 5 high schools throughout the 29‐county Appalachian Ohio region. Where possible, the results of this survey are compared to the 1992 high-school survey results.

The first report in the series, Report 1: Analysis of Selected State and National Data, uses existing state and national data sources to look at the characteristics, college readiness behaviors, rates of college enrollment, and college choices of recent high-school graduates.Subsequent reports in the study will analyze additional primary and secondary data sources to assess the current status of college access in Appalachian Ohio as well as postsecondary pathways and completion for Appalachian Ohio students.

Download Report 2: Preliminary Analysis of High School Students Survey

Last edited on 06.05.2008 at 12:41 p.m. by lrisler