First year feedback forum 

In 2005, first-year OSU students who graduated from local high schools joined administrators from local school districts, OSU, and LBCC for a conversation on the challenges of transitioning from high school to college. The goal of the feedback forum was to identify students’ needs and challenges during their first year.

Major issues that emerged from the conversation included:
– the importance of rigorous high school classes, especially in the senior year;
– the need for better counseling and advice on college planning;
– the value of curricular alignment between high schools, community colleges, and universities.

Second year feedback forum 

In 2006, second-year OSU students who graduated from local high schools joined administrators from local school districts, OSU, and LBCC for a conversation on the challenges of transitioning from high school to college. The goal of the feedback forum was to identify students’ needs and challenges during their second year.

Major issues that emerged from the conversation included:
– the importance of rigorous high school classes, especially in the senior year (reiterating the concern identified by first-year students);
– the impact of especially strong high school teachers;
– the need for more “connecting” activities (both coursework and less formal activity) that connect high school students with college.

Teacher Mentoring/Professional Development Opportunities 

In 2006-2007, a group of educators from MVP institutions discussed collaboration between organizations to address the need for teacher mentoring/professional development opportunities. The result of those discussions was the Synergy Seminars series.

Pandemic flu communication 

In 2007, a review of the current communication between partner institutions was conducted. Individuals were identified to continue working together on incident response issues.

Work Readiness Study 

In 2008, a study was conducted that focused on the assessment of workplace readiness of graduates of Mid-Valley Partnership institutions as they transitioned from education to the workforce, specifically with local employers. 2

Major issues that emerged from the study included:
– the need for mentoring programs woven into education to establish a context of professionalism in the classroom would be useful for student’s career preparation;
– the need for students to engage in teamwork or service learning experiences at the high school level;
– the need for a reflective paper at the end of an internship or work experience should be mandatory;
– the need for a centralized internship process or a point of contact for employers seeking interns.

Issues addressed by the MVP:
– internship process and employer relations.

Environmental and Water Education and Research Center (EWERC) 

In 2008-2009, the MVP formed the EWERC Committee. EWERC’s goal was to evaluate the development of a sustainable rural community and water/watershed opportunity that could be a mutually beneficial setting to foster learning, teaching, research, and outreach opportunities for the community, the state, and beyond.

The consensus was the EWERC Planning Committee conversations helped MVP members understand the type of programs related to the outdoor learning laboratory opportunities that are available within the region and how they can develop local programs within their districts. The MVP members agreed that the EWERC Initiative served its purpose and fulfilled the goal of understanding the opportunities that are available to regional districts.

Integrated Data Systems Study 

In 2009, a study was conducted, which focused on mathematics progression of students from Mid-Valley Partnership institutions. The goal of the study was to track student success in mathematics from kindergarten to postsecondary education and to identify challenges and opportunities for improvement in student progression.

Major issues that emerged from the study included:
– the need to create greater expectations and higher standards, especially during the senior year, for high school students for math;
– the need to reduce emphasis on math placement exam when transitioning from high school to postsecondary education;
– the need to standardize math placement exams between community colleges and universities;
– the need to standardize courses within and between school districts.

Issues addressed by the MVP:
– compared OSU and LBCC placement exams to identify differences and possible areas for standardization.
– discussed the need for greater expectations and higher standards for high school students with district math teachers.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email