Department of Higher Education Announces Innovation Program Awards


Funding awarded to schools for innovative ways to enhance quality, value of higher education

By Ciara Conley - [email protected]



The Ohio Department of Higher Education has approved $5 million in funding for projects that will enhance the quality of higher education throughout the state while making it more affordable for students by stabilizing or reducing tuition rates at colleges and universities.

“These innovation grants support a variety of projects that will go a long way toward helping Ohio’s students achieve their career and educational goals,” said Chancellor John Carey. “The projects will help students schedule classes more easily, work directly with an academic advisor to stay on their career path and ensure they are getting the most from their education at a more affordable cost, to name a few.”

Schools receiving the funds designed collaborative, innovative projects that support academic achievement and economic efficiency’s. The funds will be awarded for projects serving students at the community college and university level.

One of the schools selected to receive funding was Shawnee State University (SSU), receiving $517, 545 for their Bridge to Success Program.

The Bridge to Success Program will address the needs of first-generation, low-income students intending to enroll at Shawnee State University with the support of Southern State Community College, Scioto Career Technical Center, Ohio University Southern and the Lawrence County Educational Service Center.

The program also provides participating students with career counseling to determine if a college degree is aligned with their interests, skills and career goals. A first-year experience course is also provided offering sessions on college success, university resources and financial literacy.

The students will be selected for the program based on a high school or other official recommendation. During the program, student progress will be monitored and each student will work with an academic advisor. At the end of the program, students will be assessed holistically (grades, post-assessments and advising) to determine next steps in their academic journey.

Students who complete Bridge to Success will have options to continue their education and achieve a baccalaureate degree at Shawnee State or select programs at our partner institutions. Students who don’t successfully complete the program will be given alternative pathways to programs at local career and technical centers and will enter those programs debt-free. This summer, the university college launched a pilot of 25 students from Adams, Lawrence, Scioto and Pike. Thanks to the Innovation Grant funding, more than 300 students will benefit from the program over the next two years.

SSU is collaborating with Adult Basic Education (ABLE-Scioto County), career and technical centers, community colleges, branch colleges and regional high schools to provide the Bridge to Success program.

Funding awarded to schools for innovative ways to enhance quality, value of higher education

By Ciara Conley

[email protected]

Reach Ciara Con;ey at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara

Reach Ciara Con;ey at 740-353-3101 ext. 1932, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara

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